Trivium Prep softball fell just short of a spot in the 2A state championship game on May 10, losing 4-0 to Camp Verde in the semifinals at Rose Mofford Sports Complex in Phoenix.
A dominant pitching and defensive performance made it difficult for the Knights to get runners in scoring positions, and Trivium could not capitalize on the few opportunities it had.
But, the team’s 23-5 record and spot in the semifinal round is the best finish Trivium has seen in its short time as a program. Tears were shed after the loss, especially for the seniors who will no longer don a Trivium uniform, but all the Knights players and staff held their heads high after a successful season.
“I’m really proud of the way all the girls have come together this season. It’s been a ton of fun to be around,” Trivium coach Jennifer Luque said.
Several of the girls taking the field in a high-pressure varsity playoff game were finishing up their first softball seasons. With a small student body to draw from, Trivium had to recruit new players, many of whom had never touched a softball or glove before.
Luque designated several of the upperclassmen and captains to help teach the skills. It paid off with major contributions from the new girls in key moments.
Near the bottom of the line-up, some of the least experienced players made big plays that kept the semifinal game close. Many of them enjoyed the season so much that they plan to register for club teams in the offseason.
“To see these girls start the year learning just how to throw and catch the ball correctly, to getting some hits against one of the best pitchers in the state, I really can’t believe it,” Luque said.
Four years ago, there was no chance the Knights could have made it this far. There was no Trivium Prep varsity softball.
Junior Corinne Vasiloff took a moment after the playoffs to reflect on just how far the team has come in that time.
“It really wasn’t always easy. There were some ups and downs. But, to go from no softball to now competing in the playoffs, it’s really cool,” Vasiloff said.
The semifinal loss is the second year the Knights have been knocked out of the postseason by Camp Verde. The Cowboys eliminated Trivium 5-2 in last year’s quarterfinals.
The returning Knights will use this season’s playoff exit as motivation to come back stronger for campaigns to come.
“Oh yeah, we’re getting them next year,” Luque said with an understated smile, when asked about a potential rematch with Camp Verde in next season’s playoffs.
“Yeah, two years in a row losing to them, we definitely are coming back to win next time,” Vasiloff added.