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Next level proves tougher for Trinity baseball

Battle-tested Trinity loses in wild-card game

Posted: May 14, 2013 10:21 p.m.
Updated: May 14, 2013 10:21 p.m.
 

In its first season since moving up from the Heritage League to the more competitive Liberty League, the Trinity Knights softball team accomplished a lot by making the postseason.

Unfortunately, taking the next step will have to wait until next season as the Knights lost 9-5 to Crossroads High of Santa Monica in Tuesday’s CIF-Southern Section Division VII wild-card game at Clover Park.

The Knights earned their spot in the playoffs with a fourth-place finish in the Liberty League at 8-3 overall, 4-3 in league.

“We had kind of a rough year. It was a learning year. We had a lot of freshmen, plus we moved up to a higher league this year,” said Trinity head coach Craig Massetto. “Overall, as a team, we improved.”

On Tuesday, senior pitcher Emily Kim did her best to keep the Knights in the contest, tossing seven innings and allowing nine hits while striking out five.

But she was hit hard in the first inning, giving up four runs, and errors did more damage in the third as Crossroads (10-11) scored five to take a 9-3 lead.

“We had a rough first and a rough third,” Massetto said. “The highlight was that we held them scoreless for those other innings.”

Trinity scratched two runs across in the sixth as Jacey Massetto scored on an error and Julia Howell scored on an RBI from Molly Alfsen.

Massetto and Taylor Totten also had RBIs in the game.

Next season will offer challenges of its own for a Knights team that hopes to be back in the postseason.

They’ll lose All-Liberty League seniors Kim and Howell in addition to Massetto.

“It’s hard to say,” Craig Massetto said. “I think we’re going to be challenged next year not having anybody who’s pitched in high school before.”

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