Trinity baseball team ironing out kinksPublished 12:05am Friday, March 1, 2013
NATCHEZ — The Trinity Episcopal Day School baseball team showed its inexperience in the first two games of its season.
Trinity started with a 10-0 loss at Centreville Academy before falling 13-0 to Oak Forest Academy, and head coach Kyle Ketchings said his team is showing early signs of its youth.
“We have a lot of guys that came out this year that haven’t played in a while,” Ketchings said. “We have some guys who are athletically talented, but they have not played that much baseball. We are going to get better.”
Saints’ senior Sky Logan said he feels he is a player that is responsible for getting the younger players on track.
“I have to lead by example with the way I play, and I don’t think I’ve been doing that so far,” Logan said.
Trinity’s main issues are not having patience at the plate and making errors in the field, and Ketchings said both of those problems would be ironed out with more practice.
“We only had two weeks of full-team practices before we had to play our first game against the defending state champions,” Ketchings said.
Logan said he is just hoping to get a spark offensively, and that should get the whole team going.
“We just need to get a few hits at the top of the lineup, and we will just feed off each other. That will get everybody started,” Logan said.
Most of the Saints baseball players play a variety of sports, and Ketchings said it would take some time for those athletes to adjust themselves back to baseball.
Logan said years of experience playing multiple sports have allowed him to handle that transition well, but some of his younger teammates are having more trouble.
But there are also benefits that many of the baseball players also played football, Ketchings said. Ketchings is an assistant coach for the football team and was able to develop relationships with the football players even before he started his first season as baseball coach.
“Each of them built a respect for me, and we respect each other,” he said.
Trinity has five pitchers this season, and Quinton Logan and Jesse Cable will serve as the two primary starters.
The Saints goal is to keep improving during non-district play and be ready to face their tough district 5-AA opponents at the end of the season, Ketchings said.
“We expect (the district) to be very tough,” he said. “Brookhaven, Columbia and ACCS have great baseball traditions, and all of the games will have a pretty good atmosphere.”
Logan said his sights are set on winning the district and making another playoff appearance in his senior season.
Trinity will take the diamond today at Bowling Green Academy.