Last season, Blessed Trinity finished the year with 25 wins, the ninth-consecutive season the Titans have won at least 20 contests in a campaign and made it to the Elite Eight round of the playoffs, which are held in Columbus, Ga., for the second straight season.
“We had a hardworking team last year with a lot of character and heart,” said Blessed Trinity head coach Jan O’Donnell, who is entering her third year with the program. “This year promises to be the same and our goals are always to win our region and make it back to Columbus.”
The Titans will have to replaced departed seniors Mary Kate Sullivan, Jackie Kinney and pitcher Mary Bryce Pring, who was the Region 6-AAA pitcher of the year last season. “We graduated our top pitchers last season but look for young talent like freshman Skylar Hamilton to emerge,” stated O’Donnell. Returning catcher Christine Kraybill, who was named to the All-Region first-team as a freshman last season, will help the transition for the new pitchers.
On the field of play, Blessed Trinity returns senior outfielder Makayla Chrismon and junior shortstop Kate Nichols, both of whom were also All-Region first-team performers last year.
The Titans opened their season on Aug. 6 against Pace Academy and will have non-region contests against teams such as Greater Atlanta Christian, Wesleyan, Westminster and Lovett. Within Region 6-AAA, Blessed Trinity will receive strong competition from St. Pius X, Decatur and Woodward.
“We graduated a lot of talent and leadership from last season but we hope that this year’s team can bring as much success and uphold our strong tradition,” said O’Donnell.
“We have worked hard all summer in preparation for this season and are excited to get started.”