Softball: Trinity rallies for PIAA semifinal win

Written by Megan Ryan on .

Megan Ryan covered Tuesday's PIAA Class AAA semifinal between Trinity and Bellwood-Antis.

2015 0610 Trinity Softball(Photo: Paige Galentine (CQ), a rising senior at Trinity High School, pitches during her team's 3-2 victory over Bellwood-Antis at Latrobe High School. Allison Farrand/Post-Gazette)

"After what Trinity endured in the top of the first inning, a trip to the first PIAA softball final in school history seemed unlikely.

Playing a Bellwood-Antis team that had not conceded a run in the state playoffs was daunting enough. Starting the game with a wild pitch, a hit batter, an error and two runs allowed is not exactly a confidence-builder in a PIAA Class AAA semifinal.

Although Trinity (20-5) trailed for the first time in the PIAA playoffs just minutes into the game, the team worked its way back. It first capitalized on a Bellwood-Antis error and wild pitch to score its own run at the bottom of the first. Four scoreless innings later, senior third baseman Shelby Clemens played the hero, hitting an RBI double to seal the 3-2 win against Bellwood-Antis (18-7) Tuesday at Latrobe.

"Did I want to start that way? Absolutely not," Trinity coach Shawn Gray said. "Our defense is solid, so I wanted the ball put in play. Unfortunately it didn't happen that way.""



Lacrosse: Trinity closing in on last year's win total

Written by Joe Koch on .

Trinity High completed the 2014 season with just three wins in 12 games. After three games this season, the Hillers already are approaching their win total from a year ago with two wins in their first four games.

The Hillers have not had a close game this season. After beginning the year with a solid non-section victory over Vincentian Academy, 10-4, the Hillers lost successive games to Canon-McMillan, 16-0, and Quaker Valley, 10-3. But they got back in the win column with a 12-7 victory over North Hills.

Trinity visits Division 2, Section 2 rivals Baldwin and Seton-LaSalle on Monday and Wednesday, respectively.


Softball: Trinity makes most of trip to Myrtle Beach

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Before Trinity could escape the cold weather, it opened section play on March 23 against Section 3-AAA rival West Mifflin. Despite limited practicing, Trinity looked ready to go in the season opener, winning 11-7 on the road. A day later it traveled to South Carolina to participate in the Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach. On the trip Trinity played two official varsity games against teams from New Jersey. Trinity defeated Kearny 4-2 and Lodi 12-2. The strong start should not come as a surprise considering Trinity returns two all-section players in senior infielder Olivia Gray and junior infielder Delaney Elling. Their biggest hole to fill is that of outfielder Jasmin Fuqua, an all-section choice last year who has since graduated. Trinity returns to section play on Monday, weather permitting, when it hosts Belle Vernon. It has a major section showdown upcoming April 1 at Thomas Jefferson, the defending WPIAL Class AAA champion.


Alumni Update - Nick Riotto (Penn State)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Despite a career-best three-hit day for Nick Riotto, No. 23 Texas A&M fended off Penn State in non-conference baseballRiotto PSU action Sunday at Blue Bell Park.

Riotto, a Trinity graduate, went 3-for-4 for Penn State (0-6).


(photo courtesy of Penn State University)


Alumni Update - Kevin Crooks (Allegheny)

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GRANVILLE, Ohio –A top-eight finish and a senior's send-off win highlighted the Allegheny men's swimming & diving squad's tenure at the 2015 North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Swimming & Diving Championships.


Senior Kevin Crooks had a strong final day at his last NCAC Championship, logging a first place finish in the B-Final of the 200 fly.  


Crooks, a Trinity graduate, hit the wall in 1:56.85, besting the second-place swimmer from DePauw by a half second to win the heat.  

Earlier in the night, Crooks finished third in the B-Final of the 200 back, posting a time of 1:57.42.