by Kevin Narro
Los Fresnos senior Victor Loa secured his college future last month as Loa signed his letter of intent to play baseball at Texas State University.
Loa, a savvy southpaw, has been a key piece for the Falcons over the past three years and has pitched in multiple high-pressure situations in the regular season and postseason.
Loa, who has goals of one day suiting up for a Major League team, realized
the best route was to play college first and then – eventually – get drafted
and go pro.
“At the beginning no, I wanted to go straight to the pros,” Loa said. “I realized I can play college ball, and that will help develop me into something better for the next part of my career.”
In his sophomore year, Loa was tabbed the 32-6A Most Valuable Player, The Brownsville Herald Pitcher of the Year and was Second Team All-State while finishing fourth in strikeouts in the state. After last season, Loa saw his junior season shortened due to COVID-19.
The pandemic threw his recruiting off and made it difficult for scouts.
“It was very different,” Loa said on his recruitment. “It was very frustrating,
and I had to be patient – due to the fact that coaches and recruiters could not go out and watch you play live.”
Loa is ready to compete at the Division I level. Texas State is part of the Sun Belt Conference. “What will be challenging is just being on my own,” Loa said. “I have to understand that it is my job to get better and be better for the program in order to keep my spot on the team.” Loa also plays outfield, first base and toes the rubber.
Through his first three seasons, Loa has been a dominant force, racking up 226 strikeouts along with an impressive 1.44 earned-run-average. Loa plans on being a physical therapist and will major in physiology.