For the first time since 2003, the Trinity baseball team was in the area round, but the Trojans had a tough draw with defending state champ and No. 2 in the state, the Flower Mound Jaguars.
The Trojans (21-6) played tough and close, but were swept by scores of 5-2 and 10-6.
Flower Mound hosted and won Game 1 Thursday night after scoring four runs in the fifth inning. The Jaguars took the early 1-0 lead in the second before Wes Engle's solo shot tied it in the fourth.
Engle also started and pitched 4 1/3 innings. Three of the Jaguars' five runs were earned.
Matt Munoz tripled in the sixth and came across to score on a sacrifice fly from Phillip Childs, but the Trojans couldn't muster up any more runs off Flower Mound ace Sean Wymer, who is a TCU signee.
“We played pretty well. I knew going in, it would be tough to score many on Wymer,” Trojans coach Will Averitt said.
Trinity started the game with runners in scoring position with no outs, but couldn't bring any runs in.
“That kind of hurt us – we wanted to get that early lead,” Averitt said.
The Trojans got two runs on four hits off Wymer while the Jaguars had 11 hits in the win.
“In that fifth inning, they started to execute, get big hits and big plays,” Averitt said. “Once they got that lead, it was going to be tough to come back against Wymer.”
In the first round of the playoffs, the Trojans lost Game 1 against South Grand Prairie before rallying to win the final two games for their first bi-district title in 12 years.
After losing to Flower Mound, that was the reminder Averitt delivered to his players.
“We were in the same boat. I told them, look at that week and go out and get a win in Game 2, let's force a Game 3 – we just didn't get it done,” Averitt said.
In Game 2 Friday at Trinity, the Trojans fell behind 6-0 before making a strong comeback. Flower Mound proved to be too much, holding on for a 10-6 victory.
The Trojans scored four in the third to cut it to 6-4 before the Jaguars scored one in the fourth and two in the fifth.
Mark Geisel pitched 4 2/3 innings while Jordan Roberts came in relief and struck out four batters. Trinity had 10 hits as Chase Averitt went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBI. Childs was 2-for-4 with three RBI.
“We were real excited to make the playoffs – we had a lot of great ball players,” Averitt said. “It's a tough play when you go against a quality team like Flower Mound in the second round.”
“We just wanted to play good baseball, not give anything away. Flower Mound was just the better team in the series – lot of respect for them, the coach, a real class act.”
Trinity wrapped up a season in which it won a share of its first district title in nearly 20 years. Averitt expects another strong showing in 2016 despite losing 11 seniors.
“These seniors worked hard, everyone did. The seniors showed great leadership and led the way for our young guys,” he said. “They all like each other – when someone wasn't playing well, someone else picked them up.”
“I think next year, the younger kids will continue to have good work ethic, work hard in the summer and get it rolling in the spring. Big shoes to fill, but we'll be all right.”
Roberts, Childs and Averitt are a few that are expected to have a strong senior seasons in 2016.