On the heels of last season’s co-district championship with Coppell, the Trinity baseball team is hoping for a repeat performance. But, with quite a bit of roster churn, it’ll have to get done with plenty of new faces on the bases.
Only a handful of starters return from last year’s club, and coach Will Averitt is counting on several newcomers and role players from last season to make solid contributions in 2016.
“We’ve had guys step in and fill a lot of holes,” Averitt said. “To this point, those guys have stepped in an filled those shoes. There’s still a few holes we’re trying to figure out, but for the most part we’re pleased with what the guys have done.”
Trinity has started the season 8-4 with another tournament on the schedule this week, beginning Thursday with Arlington Sam Houston, before jumping into District 7-6A play March 15.
“We’ve played some pretty good competition,” Averitt said. “We probably won some that maybe we shouldn’t have and lost some we shouldn’t have. We’re just trying to iron out all the kinks for district play.”
Among the returning starters is a duo of pitchers, left-handed Arizona State commit Jordan Roberts and right-hander Sean McElwee. Averitt has also been pleased with the early outings of Solomon Klimeck, Nico Fernandez and Kyler Duerson.
“We definitely feel comfortable throwing them in there anytime,” Averitt noted.
Defensively, the Trojans return just a trio of starters: left fielder Chase Averitt, shortstop Riley King and center fielder Phillip Childs, who was a member of the Star-Telegram Super Team second team a year ago after batting .415 with 12 extra-base hits and 21 RBI. King is a four-year starter in the infield.
Among those with increased roles this season are catcher Luke Pacheco, first baseman Dawson Morton and second baseman Cade Hutchison, who had a walk-off home run this weekend.
The outfield will be a bit of a family affair, as sophomore Daniel Childs will take over in right field next to his older brother, Phillip.
While last year’s success may foster certain expectations for this season, Averitt is quick to caution that with district foes like Southlake Carroll and Colleyville Heritage, it’s always going to be a challenge, so he’s keeping the focus on his own club.
“It’s a tough district. It’s one of the toughest in the area, and each week it’s a quality opponent,” he said. “We just want to go game by game. If we’re lucky enough to get in, that’s awesome, we’ll take it.
“We just want to play good baseball. If we get beat by an opponent that’s just better than us, so be it. We just don’t want to give a game away. That’s our goal is just to play good baseball and whatever happens, happens.”