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MISSION – In the midst of Sharyland’s Class 5A Division I football playoff run, senior quarterback and pitcher/catcher Tres Barrera signed a letter of intent to play baseball at The University of Texas-Austin next year.
“It’s incredible, all my friends, family, coaches and teachers, they’ve backed me up all the way,” said Barrera after the signing at Sharyland’s Main Gym. “It’s been a great experience.”
Barrera is fresh off a bi-district football playoff victory over Laredo United last week. When he fulfills his obligation to the football team, Barrera will transition back over to baseball and prepare for the 2013 season.
“He’s a hard worker and a great student athlete,” said Sharyland Baseball Head Coach Bart Bickerton. “Guys nowadays that go to big colleges have to be great student-athletes also, and Tres excels at both of them. You have to be a good student and he’s a phenomenal baseball player, and a fantastic leader. We’re waiting for him to come out and provide some leadership for us. We want him to play football as long as he can, but we’re anxious to get him out in baseball.”
Barrera plays both sides of the battery, pitcher and catcher, but he says UT is interested in him behind the plate.
The senior standout batted .416 in 2012 with three homers and 31 RBIs in 36 games played and 101 at-bats. On the mound, Barrera compiled a 5-1 record with two saves and a 1.73 ERA in 76.2 innings of work.
In 2011, he knocked four out of the park and collected 29 RBIs in 29 games and 83 at-bats.
“I’ve learned not to give up because baseball is a game of failure, and you’re going to fail a lot,” said Barrera. “But it’s not how you get hit, but how you get up from that hit. You’re going to fail at baseball nine out of 10 times so you just got to keep fighting and good things will happen.”
His raw talent on the field isn’t the only thing that has turned heads, but Barrera’s leadership skills have helped him become a model student-athlete for the Rattlers.
“Tres is a perfect example of what an athlete should be, he has character on the field, he’s composed, he’s just a classy guy,” said Sharyland Athletic Director Richard Thompson. “His leadership qualities are huge for us, on the football field and on the baseball field. He’s not just a talker, he’s going to set the example of what a leader should be. He encourages the other athletes and he always maintains his composure, he’s always positive.”
Academically, Barrera is an outstanding student and is ranked in the top eight percent of his class. Although he’s currently undecided on a major, Barrera is interested in studying business or education, and realizes that his education is just as important, if not more, than playing baseball.
“I just want to get a great education and have fun doing it,” said Barrera. “I worked hard, which also got me a great opportunity to get a scholarship at the University of Texas. I just continue working hard on my studies because I know that I’m not going to play baseball forever so I have to have something to fall back on.”
In addition to his regular school and extra-curricular schedule, Barrera also takes dual enrollment classes and says he’s “getting a feel for college classes.” He will graduate with at least one semester of college credits.
“It shows that he gets his academics done,” concluded Thompson. “He’s very successful in the classroom, he’s very dedicated, and that’s what we all want.”
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