Two weeks into the season, it hasn’t really gone according to script for the Trinity baseball team. The Trojans have started district play 1-3, with home-and-home games against rivals L.D. Bell set for this week.
Trinity was swept by Colleyville Heritage to open district play before splitting with Haltom. In its win over Haltom, the club plated 13 runs. In the three losses, the Trojans managed only a pair of runs combined.
“Just not clicking on all cylinders,” coach Will Averitt said. “We’re just hot and cold. I think our pitching has done fine. If you’re not pitching well or playing good defense, you’ve got to outhit somebody. And that’s tough to do, even if you’re hot. I’m pleased with the pitching at this point; we just have to play better defense and produce some runs.”
The Trojans are trying a few things to spark the offense, such as tinkering with the lineup — and the color of their shoes. Well, at least one player is tinkering with the color of his shoes.
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After struggling at the plate, Phillip Childs asked teammates if he could swap the team’s customary black cleats for a red pair. The result was an offensive outburst. So, Childs has kept the red shoes for now.
“It’s just one of those quirky things you do, to do something different and take your mind off the struggles you’re having,” Averitt said.
However, the struggles have left Trinity behind early in the race for the postseason.
“We’ve put ourselves in a position that it’s going to be a tougher road to get in there, and we’ve talked about that,” Averitt said. “But they’re definitely not going to back down, I can promise you that.”
Averitt hopes the team, which didn’t struggle to produce runs in nondistrict, is just suffering a slump.
“I think it’s just one of those things,” he said. “Baseball can be a crazy sport, and right now it’s just a little lull. All we need is maybe just one guy to get us going and the rest of us will start clicking.”
Averitt noted that before the district schedule started, his team couldn’t afford to hand games to its opponents.
“We don’t want to give games away, but we’ve done that,” he said. “I think we’re going to be fine. I think we’re right there. I’m hopeful we’ll break out here soon. We need to.”