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

Written by Keith Barnes on .

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.""

 

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Baseball: MLB Draft Profile - Trinity's Joey Havrilak

Written by John Perrotto on .

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.

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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.""

 

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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.

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Softball: Trinity makes most of trip to Myrtle Beach

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

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.