Tyler Torres has finished his distinguished high school baseball career with the Glen Rose Tigers, and may have other opportunities as a player — but he also has important things to do educationally.

Torres was a three-year starter at second base for James Evans’ Tigers, after his family moved here from Granbury following his freshman year.

He didn’t hit with great power, but he certainly left a few heavy dents in the GRHS record books.

Torres led the team in batting in both 2016 and 2017 and this year was fourth with a .342 average. He holds the school’s career record for hits, with 86 in his three varsity seasons. As a junior, he became the school’s all-time leader in runs scored, and his 32 runs scored last year also set a new Tiger standard for a single season.

“I believe it all comes from hard work,” said Torres, who also lettered in football for the Tigers, earning first-team all-district honors on offense as a receiver and honorable mention his senior year as a cornerback on defense. “I don’t really focus on myself, but I try to work on making the team better. “

Torres said he saw himself steadily develop as a baseball player since he was a youngster learning the game while growing up in Granbury, and the last three seasons in Glen Rose.

“I definitely developed throughout the years,” Torres said. “The coaches have really helped me develop my swing and my mechanics.”

He would like to have an opportunity to play college baseball if he gets a scholarship offer, and may get a chance to be invited to play in a postseason all-star game.

But next on Torres’ mind for this fall is his goal of getting accepted into Texas Tech University’s Engineering School and hopefully enter the business world of petroleum engineering. He’s ranked 25th in the senior class, and takes that seriously.

“He’s a success academically as well as athletically,” Evans said of Torres. “He’s a great kid. He’s every coach’s dream kid.”

Even though he has his sights set on Texas Tech, he is leaving the door wide open to playing baseball somewhere else before he takes on that challenge.

Torres has a deep love for baseball that began as far back as his T-ball days.

“It’s just the atmosphere, as well as the fact that it’s a challenging game,” said Torres, who was a first-team all-district selection last season, and could be again this year when those honors are released. “Once I first stepped on that field, I knew that was my game.”

“He’s a solid baseball player,” Evans said. “He gives all he’s got, and he hustles. He’s a contact hitter. He doesn't strike out a lot. He can do it all at the plate.”

Evans said Torres understands what it takes to win, and was also a great team leader on this year’s promising young squad.

“He has that winning mentality — that championship mentality,” Evans said. "He’s been a blessing.”