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Avid Knowledge of the Game of Chess Has Helped Softball's Trinity Spear Progress in Her Skill Set

MSU Athletics

Trinity Spear is a sophomore outfielder on the Morehead State University softball team, originally from Snellville, Ga., outside of Atlanta. She is new addition to the team as she transferred in from USC Upstate in the Fall.

While being new to the squad, she quickly found herself being an essential player on the team, starting in 29 of 30 games this season. So far she has made an impact in more ways than one.

"Trinity is a steadfast leader for our program. She brings a sense of empathy, compassion, and experience. We are thankful that she is an Eagle and does a great job creating a foundation of the inclusive environment we continue to strive for as a program," said head coach Sam Jones. "Trinity is well respected, and her presence is much appreciated by her teammates at her new home here in Morehead."

She started playing softball at the age of three and fell in love then with the fast-paced nature of the game.

"I love [softball] very much because you can dive and slide to make great plays which is very fun to do."

Something unique about Spear is that she is an avid chess player. This is something she has been doing since about three years old and was taught to her by her grandfather as a hobby in her free time, and it grew to become a passion for her.

She was a part of the chess club from her days in elementary school all the way until high school and still even plays to this day. She keeps an extra board in her room but does not play it as much as she would like as she is often doing schoolwork or at practice. Spear does say that her playing chess has been a huge aid in her softball game. She says that it helps her calculate what the opponent's next moves are and what they may do in reaction to her.

Spear was a standout at Shiloh High School in Snellville and was a part of the club Georgia Elite. In high school she was named First-Team All-Conference from her sophomore through senior years. To compliment her illustrious career, she was named to the North-South Georgia state all-star game. After completing these feats, she chose to continue her softball career at USC Upstate and was able to find some playing time as a freshman, playing in 10 games and starting six.

But then the dreaded coronavirus hit and immediately ended the season. From there she felt it would be best to take her skills and knowledge to another home and from there she found Morehead State and she has been home ever since.

Coming to Morehead State was a decision she made and has been thankful since she came here. While she is a talented softball player, she says that it is not the only reason she is happy about her choice to commit here. Spear enjoys the very hospitable environment of the surrounding community.

"People treat you like family and that is great to have in college".

She adds that her teammates welcomed her warmly and the coaches and players having a mutual respect was something that sold her on MSU.

So far this season Trinity has been holding her own as she had breakout performances against Bellarmine and Eastern Illinois, where she had three hits against the Knights and had three stolen bases against the Panthers.

Spear is studying computer science here at MSU and wants to become a software engineer. Once a business major at her previous school, Spear said that she wanted more of a challenge and to be on the technological side of things. She plans on finding a job in Atlanta so she can be close to home and be able to visit family as much as she would want.

Fans can catch her in action these next couple of weeks as the softball team finishes up their season.

With four series remaining, the first three series will all be played at home while they will finish at Murray State the weekend of May 9-10. Spear and the rest of the women look to finish out on a high note as they have already improved upon their mark from the last completed season back in 2019.