Kelly Small coached high school softball at Queen of Peace before the school closed two years ago. She takes over as Trinity’s head coach this spring.

“It is an honor to coach at Queen of Peace’s sister school,” Small said about Trinity. “Attitude is the biggest attribute we are committed to working on. We are creating an atmosphere where we operate as one team and one program. The girls are asked to write team goals each year, and this year’s biggest goal is to be contenders.”

The Blazers finished 14-15-2 with a 4-9 record in the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference last season.

“The key to a successful season is the players believing in themselves,” she said. “The talent is here. We just have to put it together.”

Senior Emely Martinez, a St. Xavier commit, is the team’s top player. She can impact games in a variety of ways as a standout utility player.

“Emely has proven to be a force on the field and at the plate,” Small said. “Her intelligence and power as a hitter, combined with her speed on the bases, make her a valuable asset.”

Senior first baseman Rachel McGovern and junior third baseman Bella Parravicini anchor the infield, while junior Nikki Romano is a terrific all-around catcher. Freshman Meagan Murphy, a utility player, is expected to see action all over the field.

“Rachel’s power secures her spot in the middle of the order,” Small said. “Bella’s ability to read situations and execute in the field and at the plate make her a standout. Nikki has good chemistry with the pitchers and her attitude is that of a true leader.”

Underclassmen sisters Jess and Danielle Hoffman, headline the pitching staff.

Small is thrilled to be working with accomplished assistants Rosaria Cicchetti, Julie Fox and Trinity grad Gaby Parravicini.

“Julie Fox and Rosaria Cicchetti are Hall of Fame GCAC coaches,” Small said. “Having the opportunity to step on the field with Cicchetti is an honor. She has played such an iconic role in the GCAC and the progression of girls softball. I look forward to learning from her expertise.”

Scouting Report

Trinity Blazers

Head coach: Kelly Small

Top players: Emely Martinez (Sr.), IF/OF; Rachel McGovern (Sr.), 1B; Bella Parravicini (Jr.), 3B; Nikki Romano (Jr.) C; Jess Hoffman (Soph.) P/1B/OF

Newcomers: Danielle Hoffman (Fr.), P/SS; Meagan Murphy (Fr.), IF/OF

Outlook: Fine, experienced coaching staff should help the players post a winning record this season

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