Preseason Top 25 Preview: No. 20 Trinity Christian Academy



By Doug Freeman
Florida Scouting Director 

Leading up to the start of the high school season, we will count down the Top 25 preseason teams every day as part of our comprehensive season coverage:

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                          MIF/RHP Tyler Isenberg

Team: Trinity Christian Conquerors
Preseason Rank: 20
2016 Record: 24-6
FHSAA Class: 4A
Head Coach: Gil Morales
Playoff Run: Lost in Regional Final
Returning Starters: 7


TOP PLAYERS
Name, Position, Class (College Commitment)
Austin Martin, SS, 2017 (Vanderbilt)
AJ Labas, RHP, 2017 (UNF)
Tyler Isenberg, RHP/INF, 2018 (Arkansas)
Dylan Simmons, RHP, 2019 (FSU)
Austin Thomas, RHP/C, 2019 (Miami)

X-FACTOR
Pitching Depth. Led by senior AJ Labas,  who went 5-0 with 1 save last season in 10 appearances. Bolstering the pitching rotation is Tyler Isenberg and Dylan Simmons who both got quality experience on the mound last season and has continued to improve over the summer and fall. 

KEY PLAYERS LOST
RHP/OF JC Flowers (FSU)
OF/1B Todd Lott (Louisiana-Lafayette) 

OUTLOOK
Trinity Christian will look to build off of a run to the Region Finals with 7 returning starters from last season. A talented team all-around team with 10 players committed to playing at the next level, the Conquerors will look to it's pitching depth and experience to lead the way. North Florida recruit, AJ Labas, will lead the way coming off a 5-0 season with 1 save while only allowing 7 runs in 41.1 IP. The rotation will be bolstered by underclassmen Isenberg and Simmons. The Arkansas and Florida State recruits respectively, combined for a 3-0 record with 3 saves in 15 appearances last season. The offense will be led be Vanderbilt recruit SS Austin Martin who has shot up draft boards through the summer and fall batted .368 with 12 RBIs and 3 home runs last season. Overall, the strength of Trinity Christian will be on the mound, but the a solid offense and above average defense will give the Conquerors a chance to make a state title run. 
  

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