Trinity Christian’s softball success this season did not come out of nowhere.
There was a plan to develop the Trolls into a success from the ashes of a 5-42 season five years ago.
It began when Missy Bolhuis was hired after that campaign. There was an immediate improvement – a 17-win season in 2010 – but the real groundwork took place in recruiting.
Now, after three more sub-.500 seasons, that work has paid off. For the first time since 1992, the Trolls (26-25) are in the championship tournament of the National Christian College Athletic Association. That year, the Trolls hosted the first national tournament in Oak Lawn,
This season, they are seeded fifth, their quest for a national championship begins today when they play fourth-seeded Grace College (27-28) at 1:30 p.m. CT.
By Saturday, when the 10-school double-elimination tournament concludes, the Trolls will, at the least, have gotten a taste of national competition, and perhaps more.
Their opening argument with the Lancers of Grace finds them facing the only team in the joust with a sub-.500 record, and Trinity is responsible for that, having beaten the Lancers 2-1 on March 8 in the second game of the season.