Trinity baseball begins home run hitting season


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Sophomore and West Virginia University Commit, Kaden Hathaway, pitches to a player on Ringgold, winning the only non-section game they have played thus far.

The Varsity baseball team is starting up their 2023 season off with a positive attitude and hard work. Led by head coach, John Stack, and assistant coaches Steve Polanksy and Jason Vankirk, the boys hope to have a successful run this year as they enter a bigger conference. 

The athletes will play in a total of 19 games this season, nine away games and 10 home games. Their toughest games this year are predicted to be against Connellsville High School and Bethel Park High School. Trinity has historically lost to these teams in the past, so the team wants to be able to beat them this season. So far, the boys have a record of 3-2. 

The captains this year are Senior Matthew Smith, pitcher and first baseman, and Junior Gibson Havanis, pitcher and outfielder. The team is a tight-knit group of boys consisting of only fifteen athletes. 

Junior and third baseman, Cole Carl, says, “The Trinity baseball program is special to me because it is a great group of guys and coaches, so I’m always having fun whether it’s a practice or a game.”

The boys started participating in lifting and team bonding over the winter and started practicing in early spring to prepare for their season. Currently, the boys are practicing everyday of the week except Saturday, Sunday and gamedays. 

Junior and second baseman, Tyler Johnson, talks about what the team does to prepare for a game: “Our team’s pregame ritual is to first stretch as a team. We get in lines behind our captains and follow what they do. Then, after we stretch we throw with a partner. After that, we hit in the cage. Then once the other team is done on the field, we take the field and take pop ups and ground balls.”

Sophomores Matthew Robaugh and Kaden Hathaway are committed to West Virginia University already and other athletes on the team are considered playing baseball in college. 

Come show support for the boys at their next home game against South Fayette High School at Washington and Jefferson Baseball Field on April 24, 2023, at 7:30 p.m.