Leadership lifts Trimble Tech to hot district start
March 21, 2014Green B Trimble Tech High Sch
Baseball Insider: Leadership lifts Trimble Tech to hot district start
At Fort Worth Trimble Tech, the boys basketball team has won 20-plus games for six straight years, but the baseball team has matched that just once in the same stretch.
With nine seniors this season, it’s amazing what an off-season can do.
On the field, Emilio Martinez is Tech’s everything. He serves as the team’s pitching ace in many games. When he’s not on the mound, he’s a starting catcher. No matter where he plays defensively, he also has posted the team’s best offensive numbers through the season as well. “He’s a stud,” Reid said.
Pitching was a chasm last year after Trimble Tech lost all its experience on the mound following the 2012 district championship year. Behind Martinez is Pedro Cuellar, a sophomore who has stepped into a much bigger role pitching after limited time on the mound last season. Emotionally, Reid has leaned on senior second baseman Chris Perez to keep the team motivated.
“I put it on his shoulders and he took it on, and he’s been doing really well doing that,” Reid said. “That’s really it, leadership, and staying positive and staying together instead of getting on each other. That’s kind of what we did a little too much of last year, getting on each other instead of picking each other up.”While Tech has had success early in district, that leadership will be tested by what Reid said is a much more challenging district than in 2012, when Tech finished in a first-place tie.
Tech must still face district powers like Granbury and state-ranked Aledo to continue its streak of success. However, Reid’s mantra to his squad is that every day is a new day where anyone can come out on top. And first place is Trimble Tech’s goal this season.