Keith Barnes profiles the Trinity softball team.
(Photo: Trinity High School players, from left, Kim Dunst, Lauren McGavitt, Maddie Rush and Sara Beecha show their team unity after losing to Bethlehem Catholic, 2-0, in the PIAA Class AAA championship last Friday at Penn State University. Craig Houtz/Special to the Post-Gazette)
"During the season the Trinity softball team became a bit superstitious and had quite a few rituals that came into play.
"Everybody on the team wears the same thing and I wear green socks every game," Hillers third baseman Shelby Clemens said. "We make sundaes on the bases, like Michigan does with making pizza, we get on first and scoop the ice cream, on second we sprinkle it, on third we put the syrup on and we eat it when we score."
When Trinity played District 11 champion Bethlehem Catholic in the PIAA Class AAA championship game last Friday, the Hillers were hoping for a lot of on-base sundaes followed by the real thing to celebrate the school's first state championship at the Berkey Creamery on Penn State's campus. Only there were no sundaes on the basepaths as Trinity's run ended at Penn State's Beard Field in a 2-0 loss to the Golden Hawks in its first ever appearance in the finals.
"It was a wonderful ride and it was a lot of fun for the girls and I didn't regret anything and we had a great experience," Trinity coach Shawn Gray said. "At the end of the day the girls had no regrets. They were obviously disappointed, but they weren't upset about the way they played because they went out and did the job they felt they had to do and just didn't get the timely hits they needed to win the game.""