May 18th, 2021

Trinity Baseball on the Up Swing

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Ed Peak

Staff Writer


Trinity Baseball on the Up Swing
photo by Ed Peak

Trinity baseball coach Rick Arnold has won a lot of games in six years as a head coach. He’s been close to winning a championship. This year might be the time. The Rocks are rolling toward a lengthy post season run.

 

The No. 1 team in the State Coaches Poll are favored to win the Seventh Region and possibly a title. It would be their first title and third championship appearance. 

 

But Arnold has been down this road before losing in the semifinals in 2017.

 

Trinity goes into the final two weeks of the regular season a winner in 28 of 29 games. It’s only loss was to Floyd Central across the river. 

 

“A lot of coaches have complimented us,” said Arnold. “But a one game elimination tournament is a tough deal.” 

 

While one loss in the post season can mean you pack the equipment away. “We were really, really dominate in 2017 and got beat by a kid (Luke Seed who played at McCracken County and the University Louisville), 1-0.”

 

Arnold says that 2017 team had superior pitching which is huge in the post season. That is something this team is working on. Pitching depth.

 

“With a year off (coronavirus) everyone is starting to get better including us. Look we’ve won a lot of games with smoking mirrors. We haven’t won every game in dominate fashion,” said Arnold. 

“This group is a very mature group. They understand we need to get better. If we don’t we won’t have a chance at the end.

The team is loaded with experience. 

 

“The advantage is we have 23 really, really good players. With covid every one is going to get better as we go along.”

 

Speedy senior outfielder Daylen Lyle has committed to Louisville but will possibly go directly to professional baseball if drafted.

 

Lyle is a smooth speedy outfielder hitting .500. A fourth year starter, Lyle is second in the state with 10 home runs and fifth with seven triples. He has 40 runs batted in and runs scored with 26 walks.

 

“He’s the first name everybody brings up and well deserved. He’s a better young man than player. He’s probably a first round pick,” said Arnold. 

 

“His leadership is incredibly important. You can tell the way he handles the bat even when he fouls one off he’s different level stuff,” said Arnold.

 

Austin Taylor, Ethan Hodge are infielder starters and Josh Castleman first base or left field form a strong nucleus. Throw in Mathew Klein who has four triples along with the states leading home run hitter, junior Corbyn Dickerson’s 11 and the Rocks have a potent lineup. 

 

“He’s (Castleman) been electric offensively and defensively,” said Arnold. Dickerson has committed to. Louisville. “He (Dickerson) is one name that jumps out as well.”

 

Nick Thompson is solid on the mound as is Taylor and Calvin Muphy.

 

“Pitching is the reason that we’ve won so many games. Our pitching has been really, really good.”

Arnold says scouts flock to Trinity to watch Lyle and Dickerson.  

 

As a team Trinity leads the state state in triples with 21 and is second in home runs with 33 through this past weekend according to the KHSAA website. 

 

“What ever had not worked, the offense or defense, the other has picked up,” said Arnold.

 

Male, St. Xavier, Ballard, Eastern, Christian Academy are the primary threats in the region.

 

“We had a rain out against Male and that was disappointing. I’m sure they want to see us. And we are likewise. Male, they’ve got three what I consider high end pitchers,” said Arnold. “St. X has kind of set the standard for the region the last several years.” The Tigers have won three of the last four state titles. Trinity won the regional two years ago before the virus stopped everything last spring. 

 

Arnold says state wise Danville, McCracken County, Bowling Green “we were lucky to get out with a win (against). Covington Catholic. Highlands just got their best pitcher back (from injury). PRP is getting better and I’m anxious to see DeSales.” 

 

The Shamrocks play at DeSales Thursday, one of eight regular season games left.

 

“But as you well know anybody on a given day can get you,” said Arnold.

 

Trinity doesn’t want to go down that road again.

 

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