Trinity sends four to All-District honors

Published 12:01 am Tuesday, June 5, 2012

NATCHEZ — Trinity Episcopal School’s Jake Winston, Daniel Dunaway and Andrew Moroney spent most of their young lives on a baseball diamond together.

The 2012 baseball season marked the end of their run as teammates, but all three will be linked together as Saints that stood out in their senior season.

Winston, Dunaway and Moroney, along with junior teammate Sky Logan, all were named to the MAIS District 5-AA First Team this season.

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“It feels good being a senior this year and making it,” Winston said. “It’s good going out strong. I’m happy for (my teammates). This is our last go-round together, and I wish those guys the best of luck. I’m happy we made it our senior year.”

Winston said playing with his lifelong-friends would stand out as his best memory at Trinity even more than the team’s 2011 state championship.

“I guess the fact that a few of the guys I played with so long, and we never stopped playing together since (we were little) is the best thing about my entire career,” he said. “That’s probably the highlight of my career.”

Dunaway said he too would miss the bonds that playing high school baseball created.

“I’ll remember the friendships I have with my teammates,” Dunaway said. “We definitely bonded. And I’ll miss the friendship I have with our coach, Mitch (Ashmore). He’s like a mentor to me. He is really great.”

Winston and Dunaway played key roles as Trinity’s top pitchers and middle infielders this season.

Winston finished with a 5-2 record and a 1.26 ERA. He struck out 74 batters in 44 innings of work, and earned a spot on the MAIS South All-Star team.

“It was awesome (to play in the All-Star Game),” Winston said. “I had known a lot of the guys on the team already, but I had never played with them. I always played against them, and they had been our rival, but once we all got together on the same team it was a cool experience.”

Dunaway went 3-0 as a starter for Trinity, and also played second base where he batted .362.

Dunaway said fulfilling both roles was difficult at times.

“I have always been a person that could play a bunch of different positions,” Dunaway said. “But it was a challenge to play second, mostly because I hurt my arm and they were trying to give me a shorter throw.”

When Dunaway and Winston took the mound, they were throwing to a first-year starting catcher in Moroney.

“It was definitely a difficult transition moving from outfield to catcher,” Moroney said. “It was a totally different ball game. You have to know a lot more, and it’s more mentally and physically tough. It felt great being able to make the switch and be there for my team.”

Moroney had a great year with the bat in his hands as well. He finished the season with a .340 batting average, and 15 runs scored. He said he credits Ashmore, a former professional catcher, for making him effective behind the plate.

“My coach really helped me a lot,” Moroney said. “He was a catcher when he played, and he knows everything there is to know about catching. He did a great job this year being there for me, and telling me exactly what I needed to do and how to do it.”

Logan was the only underclassman to make the All-District team for Trinity, and his huge offensive numbers will be a pleasant sight for the 2013 Saints.

Logan finished the season with a .512 average, three home runs and 13 RBIs in 16 games.

“I felt excited and proud of my guys who made (All-District) with me,” Logan said. “I’m going to build from it for next year.”

Logan said he knows his teammates will have big names to live up to when they come in to replace Dunaway, Winston and Moroney.

“We’re going to have big shoes to fill, but I think we’re going to be able to fill them,” he said.