HALLETTSVILLE – Rhett Trlicek has known since his freshman season at Hallettsville that twin sister, Rylee, would be continuing her softball career on the college level.

But he didn’t know until late this season that he would be doing the same in baseball.

“It’s been a lot fun watching her,” Rhett said of Rylee, who led Hallettsville to the Class 3A state final and will attend the University of Florida. “Going back and supporting each other throughout it all. It kind of made me kind of jealous with her getting all these offers. It was like, ‘Dang, that’s what I want to do.’ Finally, I got my chance.”

Rhett Trlicek’s opportunity came after a University of Houston coach attended a Hallettsville practice and watched him catch.

Trlicek rarely played the position during his four years on the varsity and was primarily used a pitcher and an infielder.

“I’ve always been a catcher,” he said. “But when I got here they had guys who could catch, and I did what I could to help the team.”

Trlicek did enough in practice and in the one game the Houston coaches watched to earn an offer from the Cougars and he accepted.

“They have great coaches,” Trilicek said. “Not only now, but the past tradition they’ve set has been great. They’ve been to the World Series and Super Regionals. They’re getting all new facilities. It’s a great program and a great school.”

Trlicek wrapped up his senior year by hitting .500 with eight home runs and 51 RBIs. He also had a 7-1 pitching record with an 0.62 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 56.1 innings.

Trlicek’s biggest disappointment came when Hallettsville, which was ranked No. 2 in the state, lost to Georgetown Gateway Prep in Game 3 of their area round playoff series.

“This year we did have a bunch of high hopes,” he said. “But it’s baseball. Anything can happen. That game (against Gateway Prep) we played nothing went our way. I mean, we had the bases loaded four or five times and couldn’t do it. It happens.”

Trlicek also played football for the Brahmas and has no doubt it helped him in baseball.

“Some people will say focus on one sport, but I disagree,” he said. “Football – I don’t know if it makes you tougher, but it makes you want it more and work harder. Football is fun. At most of these small schools, most of your boys play football and you just keep moving along in sports and you keep that bond together.”

Trlicek played in the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association Class 1A-4A All-Star Game on Saturday at Dell Diamond in Round Rock.

He will report to Houston on July 6 for summer school before beginning fall workouts.

Trlicek knows being separated from his family will be difficult, but is looking forward to the next challenge.

“We’re going to struggle with it a little bit,” he said. “But I’m sure we’ll make a bunch of phone calls and stuff like that. We’re going to be playing at the same time, but it will all work out in the end.”

Mike Forman is the sports editor of the Victoria Advocate. Contact him at 361-580-6588 or by email at mforman@vicad.com. Follow him on Twitter at @mikeforman21

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Mike Forman is the sports editor of the Victoria Advocate. He has worked at the Advocate since 1982. He has a bachelor's degree from SMU and a master's degree from UCLA.

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