It was quite a season for River Orsak and Camden Guarnere.
The two Barbers Hill baseball players are a couple of the local athletes that will take place in the Christus Southeast Texas and the Southeast Texas Coaches Association annual All-Star games.
Orsak and Guarnere will take part in the SETCA All-Star baseball game at 7 p.m. on June 13 at Crosby which will also host the softball All-Star game at the same time.
However, the pair also has to head over to Sugar Land to take part in the Houston Area Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Game at 5 p.m. on June 3 at Constellation Field.
Both Barbers Hill players will represent the North team for the HABCA squad and the West team in the SETCA all-star contest.
Orsak, who is headed to Western Texas College in Snyder – a Division I NJCAA school – is fired up about his last chance to play at the prep level.
“It’s good that I get to play a little high school ball before it’s all said and done,” Orsak said. “The season didn’t end the way I wanted it to end, so hopefully I can go finish it off like I want to.”
Barbers Hill won District 21-5A and then were defeated in the Class 5A Region 3 quarterfinals.
“We were a young team, but we were able to push through that,” Orsak said. “They got some experience in the playoffs and should be good next year.”
Now it’s on to matching wits with better baseball athletes next week.
“I am going to go out there and play with a group of guys I have never played before and have fun,” Orsak said.
Guarnere is undecided about his destination in the future, but the District 21-5A Player of the Year is leaning toward the junior college route like Orsak.
He too is happy to go out with a fun series of games to wrap his career at the high school level.
“I get to end on a good note because ending it against Santa Fe in the third round, wasn’t the way I wanted it to end,” Guarnere said. “I want to have a fun time and meet the guys and at the same time, how many innings I pitch, I will do the same as I did in the regular season: It’s another game and I am going to go at them.”
He looks back on his days at Barbers Hill fondly and predicts great things for the Eagles in 2020.
“We had a young team and they handled the pressure very well,” Guarnere said.
He now intends on finding a college program that will help him work on his pitching and get better before hopefully finding a four-year college to play for.
Other SETCA All Star games will include boys and girls basketball and volleyball that will take place Friday, June 14 at East Chambers High School. The scheduled start time is 4:30 p.m.
Also, the SECTA Football game is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at Beaumont I.S.D. Memorial Stadium.
SETCA Football Game
West Team: Corenthos Hill (Anahuac), Hayden Johnson (Barbers Hill), J.C. Colbert (REL), Vernon Hartfield (Crosby) and Trey Driver, Anthony Fatal and Ke’Shaun Jnoffin (Goose Creek Memorial),
SETCA Volleyball Game
West Team: Jessica Hardin, Macy Sumrall and Becca Downs (Barbers Hill) and Brooke Byer (GCM).
SETCA Boys Basketball
West Team: Max Armer and Kyler Duhon (Barbers Hill) and Dylan Cook (GCM)
SETCA Girls Basketball
West Team: Annie Carlile (Barbers Hill), Ta’Nya Gibson and Briauna Johnson (Crosby), and Bre’Lyn Adams and Jordan Walker (GCM).
West Team: Guarnere and Orsak (Barbers Hill) and Christian Cienfuegos and Tristan Pitkin (GCM).
West Team: Sydney Hoyt, Rebecca Miller and Matee Simon (Barbers Hill) and Jamie Sloane (Crosby)