Sam: Trinity baseball title completes rare double

Conquerors win baseball, football championships in same year


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – After a three-hour delay because of lightning, the Trinity Christian baseball team jumped on Bishop Verot early and hung on to win the Class 4A state baseball championship 6-4 in a game that ended early Wednesday morning.

The Conquerors started the season with a practice at 12:01 a.m., the earliest they were allowed on Feb. 9, and finished the year with a title right before 1 a.m.

Trinity batted around in the first inning, scoring four runs on four hits to take a 4-0 lead.

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Ryan Aspinwall, who had pitched two innings in relief the night before in the semi-final, started the game for the Conquerors and was cruising, needing only 18 pitches to get out of the first two innings.

Meanwhile, Bishop Verot committed four errors in the top of the first to help Trinity's cause.

The Conquerors built a 6-0 lead in the 6th that could have been more but one run was negated in the second inning for running into the catcher.

Aspinwall was relieved by Rollin Layton in the seventh as Verot had cut the lead to 6-4.

Layton got the final out to give Trinity its first baseball state title, joining Bolles and University Christian as the only three local schools to win state titles in football and baseball in the same year.

It's the fourth title for head coach Gil Morales who also won three while at Eagle's View.

News4Jax will be at Trinity today to see what kind of celebration the school has for its championship baseball team.