With a victory against Richland in its final district game of the season, the Trinity baseball team tied Coppell for the District 7-6A title, their first title since 1997.
One reason the Trojans have been so successful is senior outfielder Matt Munoz, who is batting 12-for-29 (.414 average) with nine RBI in 12 district games. He has a total of 15 RBI during the regular season.
Munoz is a two-star athlete at Trinity. He's a four-year letterman in baseball and a three-year letterman as a cornerback for the Trojans football program.
He started baseball at eight years old, but took a break at 13 to move on to the gridiron. He started playing both again once he got to high school.
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“I stuck with them for so long because I just like to compete and play the sports that I love playing so much,” Munoz said. “It's been a true blessing to play both sports for Trinity, and we have great talent in both sports.”
Munoz has had much success in both sports, but slightly prefers being on the diamond.
“It was the first sport I played and (I like it) because you have to be on your toes all the time defensively and offensively or else the final score can change on you really fast,” he said.
The Trojans will enter the bi-district round as the No. 2 seed and face 8-6A South Grand Prairie. They'll hit the road at 7 p.m. Thursday for Game 1 while hosting Game 2 Friday at 7 p.m.
It's been an amazing year for coach Will Averitt's squad, solely because of the fact they haven't won a district title in nearly 20 years.
“Honestly, it was an amazing feeling to win this district year, we have a great group of guys on the team that have that team-first mentality which really helped us this year,” Munoz said.
He's locked in on the playoffs as Trinity is in its second straight postseason, but is looking for its first area-round appearance since 2003.
After this Munoz turns his focus to his college career. He plans on going to Texas State and wants to study physical therapy, and also hopes to continue playing baseball.
In the Trojans’ district finale, Phillip Childs homered and tripled and Chase Averitt also went yard as Trinity (18-3, 10-2) defeated Richland 10-9.
Mark Geisel allowed three runs in four innings as the Trojans had a commanding 9-3 lead after five. Richland scored six in the sixth to tie it and Trinity scored the go-ahead run a half inning later.