By Osman Mir
“Jenzen Torres epitomizes the college athlete,” said head coach Randy Betten.
Standing 6 feet tall, Broncos baseball senior catcher Jenzen Torres dominates the field.
So far this season, Torres holds a batting average of .304, 32 RBIs and has a record of five home runs, tied for the team lead with senior first baseman Chris Miller.
As a junior, Jenzen assisted the Broncos in making it to the West Region Tournament last season.
According to friends and teammates, however, it is Torres’ personal breadth, not his physical height, that is striking.
“He’s an all-around good player and an all-around good guy,” said Bronco pitcher Geoff Broussard, a statement echoed by Betten, who scoffed at the idea of describing Torres in three words.
“Three words for Jenzen Torres?” said Betten, who settled on, “Competitive, a winner and a great person, though I know that’s not three words.”
Torres, the oldest of three siblings, attended Hart High School, where he played on the varsity team and was the all-league choice for three years.
Torres was awarded for holding the highest GPA in CIF Division I baseball during high school.
Torres’ father has been a big influence on his life, inspiring Torres to play baseball throughout his life.
“My dad played baseball, which got me playing,” said Torres, a fourth-year sociology student. “When I got to college, I wanted to keep playing.”
Though Torres is a talented player, his contributions to his friends and the team go beyond his talent: Torres’ competitiveness and positive outlook have earned him the admiration of his teammates, especially Broussard.
“He pushes everyone to get better, including himself,” said Broussard. “He’s consistent, and a good guy, one of the best guys I know.”
When asked what his proudest achievement was, Torres shrugged and referred to his entire second year, where the Broncos advanced to postseason while under new management.
Betten and Broussard both described Torres as an all-around good player, whose personal philosophy is to put the team first.
“I try to do everything possible to help the team,” said Torres.
According to Broussard, two of the most noticeable things about Torres are his attitude and his power.
“He’s hit some of the farthest balls I’ve ever seen,” said Broussard.
Betten echoed this sentiment, having seen Torres hit balls against 30 mph winds.
The power hitter has grown in more than athletics, however. Betten believes that Torres’ greatest growth has been learning to channel his competitiveness.
“He’s a competitor,” said Betten. “We worked with him to use that competitiveness.”
“It helps you grow as a person,” Torres said, describing the baseball program. “The guys on the team are all great, some of the best guys I’ve ever met.”
Between games, studying and long practice sessions, Torres’ hectic schedule has taught him the value of rest.
“I try to relax as much as possible,” said the fourth-year sociology student.
Though he has no immediate plans to go there, Torres’ ideal vacation spot is Hawaii.
“I’ve heard it’s really relaxing, and a great place to visit,” Torres said.
Rest was especially relevant when the Broncos changed head coaches halfway through Torres’ tenure.
“It was difficult at first, but needed,” said Torres about the change.
Although Torres aspires to play baseball professionally, he also wants to obtain a Masters Degree in Sociology and get a coaching position at CPP.
“He’s definitely got a shot,” said Betten.
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