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Trinity baseball team playing for purpose at state

Team dedicates run to title game to family of 4-year-old who recently died

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Trinity Christian Academy's varsity baseball team is headed to the state championship game with a purpose: playing for Brady.

Brady Kinder, the 4-year-old son of Jacksonville Sheriff's Officer Robert Kinder Jr. and Trinity teacher Amanda Kinder, as well as the grandson of Trinity Assistant Principal Dr. Bob Kinder, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on May 10.

Brady regularly watched the baseball home games from the dugout with his grandpa, Dr. Kinder.

The baseball team has rallied behind the Kinder family, dedicating their remaining games to the memory of Brady.

When Trinity played against Pensacola Catholic on Tuesday, the Conquerors were spurred on by the determination to play for Brady, resulting in a 10-0 victory. Last night in the semifinal game, the team beat Bushnell South Sumter 4-1.

On May 15, the team had practice at 5 a.m. so the players could attend Brady's funeral. They all wore super-hero shirts and Captain America pins, representing Brady's favorite character, on their shirts.

They then wore those same pins to their prom the next day and now have them on their baseball hats.

They have carried their "All 4 Brady" sign that hung in the dugout during the Regional Championship game down to Ft. Myers as a reminder that this trip has a deeper purpose.

"We just want to bring some happiness back to Trinity with us!" Coach Gil Morales said.

Trinity Christian Academy will play Bishop Verot in the Class 4A Championship Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.