Three wrap up high school career at Optimist All-Star baseball game
Three local baseball players finished up their high school careers by playing in the Optimist All-Star game on Saturday at McAuliffe Fields by Sacramento State.
Folsom’s Tim Rhyan and Trey Furrey and Oak Ridge’s Joe Durket represented their schools one final time playing on the South All-Star team, which defeated the North, 12-9.
All three players contributed to the win. Durket was the first to see action, as he entered the game to pitch in the top of the third inning and pitched two innings. Given a 4-0 lead, Durket kept the North All-Stars off the scoreboard. In two innings of work, Durket allowed one hit and walked another, while striking out three. He also came to bat once and struck out looking.
“It was a lot of fun,” Durket said. “It feels good to play another game. I don’t know how long I’m going to be able to play, so it’s always fun to play when you can. The team played well.”
Durket will attend Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida, in the fall and will also continue to play baseball.
Durket gave way to Rhyan in the fifth inning. Rhyan only threw one inning, allowing a run on one hit, a walk and hit batter. He induced a key double play, and ended his inning of work with a strikeout.
“I enjoyed it,” Rhyan said of the opportunity to play in the game. “It was fun to play against the SFL guys again on the other team, and my friends from Del Campo. I enjoy the great competition. I like to play with and against good players.”
Rhyan will continue his baseball career at Sacramento City College next fall.
Furrey entered the game at third base in the top of the sixth inning and played the last three innings. He came up to bat twice and hit a pair of singles, and also scored the South team’s last run of the game.
“This was cool,” Furrey said. “This team had a lot of talent, and I knew we’d run them. I went two-for-two at the plate. I’ll take that for not swinging a bat for two weeks.”
Like Rhyan, Furrey will continue his baseball career at Sac City College.