Not since the 1990s has the Trinity baseball team hung a district championship flag.
With the 2015 season nearing an end, the Trojans will have to win on Monday night against Richland to secure at least a share of the District 7-6A title. The game was played after the press deadline; see www.dfwvarsity.com for results.
The Trojans have to win Monday in their season finale (at home) and Coppell, which is also in the title mix, would have to lose one of its two remaining games for Trinity to win the district outright. If Trinity wins and Coppell wins its final two, the teams would be co-champions.
Trinity (17-3, 9-2) helped its chances after a 4-3 come-from-behind victory at Richland last Saturday.
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The Trojans struck first with a run in the opening frame, but Richland (10-9-1, 6-3) countered with three runs in the bottom of the first.
“We fell behind, but we stayed composed,” coach Will Averitt said.
Relief pitcher Drew Johnson (4-0) came on in the fourth for starting pitcher Jordan Roberts and pitched two innings. He came in with two runners on and got out of the jam.
Then in the fifth, Johnson got out of the jam again with Richland as the Raiders left the bases loaded.
The Trojans, who scored in the second, got two in the sixth to take the lead for good.
Senior outfielder Matt Munoz, a first team All-District in 2014, came up to the plate in the sixth and hit an RBI triple to tie the game at 3-3. Richland committed an error when trying to throw out Munoz at third, which led to the game-winning run.
Wes Engle pitched two innings to pick up the save.
“Matt was also All-District as cornerback in football (four-year letterman in baseball, three years in football) – not many two-sport guys anymore,” Averitt said. “Great student, I see him tutoring our younger baseball players in the locker room all the time.”