Position at Trinity is a dream job for Rich

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John D'Abruzzo profiles new Trinity athletic director Ricci Rich.

"As far as dream jobs go, the athletic director position at Trinity High School always was at the top of Ricci Rich's wishlist.

A 1996 graduate of Trinity, Rich spent the past eight years as Moon Area's athletic director. He returned to his alma mater last month after officially being hired by the school district in June.

"For me, the move makes a lot of sense. It's home," said Rich, who lives in North Franklin Township. "Trinity is where I went to school and where my wife went to school. We built our house here and it's just two miles from the football stadium, and our two little girls will go to school here.

"This is the job I want to have when I am able to retire and my girls are out of school.""



Baseball: 2015 Minor League Update - Joey Havrilak (Trinity)

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(Sports Town is featuring updates on WPIAL baseball players who are currently playing in the major or minor leagues. The posts were compiled by veteran baseball writer John Perrotto. We will feature two players every day.)

Joey Havrilak is rebounding after a slow start to his professional career.

Havrilak, a Trinity graduate, batted .067 in five games as an outfielder with the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Tigers after being chosen in the 18th round of this year's amateur draft from University of Akron.

However, he has batted .245 with two doubles and one home run in 13 games since being promoted to short-season Class A Connecticut in the New York-Penn League. He also has two walks, six strikeouts, a .269 on-base percentage and a .347 slugging percentage.

Havrilak hit .347 with five home runs and 34 RBIs in 58 games for the Akron this spring, which turned out to be the last season for the program as the school dropped baseball last month. 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 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.""