Softball: Trinity comes up a few runs short of state title

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Keith Barnes profiles the Trinity softball team.

2015 0619 Trinity Softball(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.""



Softball: Trinity shut out in PIAA championship

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Megan Ryan covered Friday's PIAA Class AAA championship between Trinity and Bethlehem Catholic.

2015 0613 Trinity Softball(Photo: Trinity High School catcher Kim Dunst (11) tags out Bethlehem Catholic High School's Bailey Deschler (6) in the 6th inning in the PIAA Class AAA Softball Championship June 12, in State College, Pa. Trinity lost 2-0. Craig Houtz/Special to the Post-Gazette)

"University Park, PA — At the end of the PIAA Class AAA state championship Friday at Penn State, the Trinity players all joined hands on the field and sang their school's alma mater to the supporters in the stands.

It was a bittersweet song, as Trinity lost 2-0 to Bethlehem Catholic in the Hillers first title game appearance. There was a one and a half hours rain delay in the sixth inning. But there were still more smiles than tears postgame from the senior-heavy squad.

"What a run, though," senior shortstop Olivia Gray said. "Honestly as a senior, I didn't expect to go this far. So to be here is a surreal feeling. ... And to spend it with my best friends since I was six is even more humbling."

Trinity (20-6) faced a team in Bethlehem Catholic (19-7) that was able to find chinks in the Hillers' solid defense and put up a wall the Hillers couldn't find a way around. In fact, this was the first time all season Trinity didn't score a single run in a game."



Softball: Trinity relies on its defense to reach state title game

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Keith Barnes profiles the Trinity softball team.

"Trinity pitcher Paige Galentine has an interesting quirk when she gets in trouble.

"I just try to walk around a little bit and try to get my mojo back and then I go through my mechanics and, people might think I'm weird, but I talk to myself," Galentine said. "I just tell myself to stay behind the ball because I get on top of it and I just get out of circle, which is my problem."

Galentine wasn't just chatting with herself during the top of the first inning of Trinity's PIAA Class AAA semifinal game against Bellwood-Antis on Tuesday at Latrobe. She was having a full-blown conversation as she had lost all command of her pitches.

"Everything wasn't working," Galentine said. "But this is honestly the best team I've ever been on, defensively and offensively... and we're all just getting along like a family right now.""



Baseball: MLB Draft Profile - Trinity's Joey Havrilak

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University of Akron right fielder Joey Havrilak, a Trinity graduate, was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 18th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. He was 550th overall pick.

Havrilak hit .347 with five home runs and 34 RBIs in 58 games for the Zips this spring. He was 78-for-225 with 47 runs scored, 15 doubles, three triples, 32 walks, 31 strikeouts, 17 stolen bases, a .436 on-base percentage and a .507 slugging percentage.


Softball: Trinity rallies for PIAA semifinal win

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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.""