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Martin to play softball at Virginia Tech

South Boston News
Trinity Martin / September 17, 2020

Halifax County High School junior Trinity Martin made a verbal commitment to attend Virginia Tech and play softball for the Hokies’ softball beginning in the fall of 2022.

Martin said she was excited about committing to Virginia Tech. Martin said her recruitment to Tech began after she started playing travel ball with Williamsburg Starz Gold.

“I got really into playing travel softball and we kind of moved up higher into a more known organization to college coaches,” Martin said. “That kind of really put us out there so a lot of Virginia schools were watching us play and I just happened to go to a lot of camps.”

Martin said the colleges after seeing them play would invite them to take part in softball camps on the college campus. She said that she wasn’t even able to get in the recruiting process at first because she wasn’t even a junior in high school yet.

But Martin said as soon as she was old enough to get recruited and her feet hit the Virginia Tech campus, she was sold.

“Virginia colleges would invite us to camps after they’d seen us play and we were just gonna go up there and show off and see what they say,” Martin recalled. “As soon as I stepped on Tech’s campus it was like home almost. It was like amazing; I immediately liked everything about it and it was just an indescribable feeling. I knew from the start that was my number-one school and that if I ever got to the recruiting process that was where I wanted to go.”

Martin said her journey to the verbal commitment began with starting to play t-ball at the age of three in Brookneal. From there she went on to play Dixie softball in South Boston.

An avid lover of athletics, Martin played softball, basketball and volleyball through middle school. Upon entering high school she switched out basketball for swim.

As her freshman season began, Martin said she was looking forward to just play softball on the jayvee team. The Comet softball coaches had other plans.

“I have enjoyed every second of being a Comet softball player,” Martin said with pride. “Coming into my freshman year I really didn’t expect to play varsity. But, I was getting told by all the coaches that I was at that level and I was able to play with them.

“To me that was probably the happiest moment of my life because I was playing with a bunch of older girls who loved the game just as much as I did and loved me as well.”

As for her strengths that she brings to the Comets and hopes to continue with the Hokies, Martin, who plays centerfield and is a lefty said that lies with her batting abilities.

“I’ve been told this by a bunch of people and I kind of believe it myself too and that’s, I’m a left handed power hitter which a lot of people don’t see; there’s not a lot of us,” Martin said. “I’m also a left handed smacker but I smack for power, I’m not a soft slapper.”

Martin said having the skills to be able to stand in the batter’s box and hit a ball 200 to 300 yards and then turn around and lay down a nice bunt is part of her versatility. She said if there were anything she felt she needed to work on was continuing to learn how to build on a loss … Martin is not fond of losing.

“I think if there is anything I need to work on it’s learning how to lose and struggle a little bit and to accept that and use it to drive a little bit harder,” Martin said. “I always kind of struggled with my not playing at my full potential.

“I’m a hard working person who has always been determined to do my best. I’ve always been told that good, is never good enough for me and I will agree with that because I’m never satisfied.”

Since the onset of COVID-19 all high school student-athletes have seen disruptions in one form or another – Martin is no different. She said that not being able to see your coaches face-to-face and have physical contact with them has been hard.

She even spoke of the challenges she now faces in the recruitment process as most of that is occurring through the phone now. Martin makes the point that she can go on campus but not with the objective of visiting with the Hokie softball coaches.”

To stay fit and keep her batting skills up, Martin takes batting lessons from retired Longwood University softball coach Kathy Riley. Coaching Longwood for over 20 years, Riley is a three-time Big South Coach of the Year, turned the Lancers into a softball powerhouse in the Big South and is a legend in her own right.

As for the VHSL voting on the Condensed Interscholastic today, Martin says any hope of playing is welcomed. Martin saw her own sophomore season lost due to the coronavirus.

“Absolutely, that’s what we’ve all been waiting on,” Martin said referencing the plan that would allow sports to take place on an altered schedule. “It’s exciting to hear that we may have a chance to play. We don’t even need a full - Hey we’re gonna get there - If it’s just half a chance everybody is going to be excited.’”

The girl who calls the Nathalie/Brookneal area home said she is really of appreciative of her parents, siblings, and coaches for all their love and support. Martin parents are Sunshine and Gary Martin; Blakely and Trafton are her siblings.

“I just really want to thank my high schools coaches and parents,” Martin said. “I really do appreciate my parents and siblings.”

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