Halifax County High School softball player Trinity Martin has wanted to become a professional softball player since she was a child.
She is now one step closer to that goal after verbally committing to play college softball at Virginia Tech.
Martin, who just began her junior year at Halifax County High School has accomplished quite a bit in her only full year as a member of the Comets softball team.
She was named one of three freshmen of the year by her coaches, and was named to the first team all Piedmont District team, Region 5-D first team and VHSL Class 5 all state team.
Martin also was named to the all Piedmont District second team in volleyball.
A mixture of raw talent, along with hard work and dedication has given her the opportunity to play softball at the next level. She describes it as the mentality to constantly improve and work hard.
“I think I have had that mentality for a long time now,” Martin said. “My mom has always asked me if I could see myself playing softball in college, and I told her that it was my goal. I want to get to college and be a college softball player no matter what and that dream hasn’t changed my entire life. I never questioned the thought of not being a college softball player, I have always pushed myself to get where I want to be, this has been a lifelong goal for me,” she added.
Growing up playing Dixie softball in Halifax County, Martin was part of back-to-back teams that went to the Dixie World Series. She began playing softball at the age of three and made her first all star team at the age of six.
“She was pretty talented to be as young as she was,” Martin’s mother, Sunshine, said.
“She was blessed with God given talent and drive like no other. You could tell that kid ‘this is what you need to do’ and to be as young as she was she could do it,” Sunshine said. “She is very kinesthetic, if you told her she needs to move this arm a certain way or do that a certain way she was on it,” she added.
When Martin was around 12 years old she switched from playing with a local travel softball team and headed to play for the Williamsburg Stars Gold team, a move that both mother and daughter agreed paid off in the long run.
It was a team her mother had came in contact with through another coach.
“All of the college coaches agreed to go with the well known name. So she has been with the Stars ever since, and I think that has really helped,” Sunshine said.
The coach of the Stars, Tom Bunn is well known by college softball coaches around Virginia, and his connections helped with recruiting.
“The head coach of our organization does the very best job I have ever seen a head coach do by getting his girls recognized and getting them out there,” Martin said.
Playing with the Stars also gave her the opportunity to play against some of the top players in the southeast in areas such as Atlanta, Georgia, Chattanooga, Tennessee and Spartanburg, South Carolina, sometimes playing every weekend a month.
That has been a help since Martin lost her entire sophomore softball season with the Comets due to COVID-19.
With Martin being so young when she verbally committed, she wasn’t able to go on official visits to colleges based on her age.
But Martin began attending several softball camps to get a feel for the coaches and the schools.
She visited a few colleges before she got the offer from Virginia Tech but from the time she stepped foot onto the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg she knew that was the place for her.
“I knew for sure softball wise and school and campus wise I knew that is where I wanted to go,” Martin said. She also told her mother that Virginia Tech was the number one choice for her if they were to make an offer.
“She just fell in love with the campus and coaches,” Sunshine Martin said.
Trinity also has several cousins that attended Virginia Tech who gave her a more in depth look at what the college is like.
There are also several girls on the Virginia Tech softball team that Martin played travel softball with, and her mother told her she should reach out to them when needed.
“They all told Trinity that she belonged,” Sunshine said.
Before committing to Tech, she reached out to some of the familiar softball players and a day before she committed, “one of the girls told me they loved it and that they could see there because I fit the personality check.”
Her friend told her she would “be a great asset to the team and that kind of put a better feeling in my stomach, because I was already really excited about Tech and I told my mom I was ready to commit.”
Martin fell in love with the coaching staff as well at Virginia Tech because of their vision for the future of the team.
The head softball coach at Virginia Tech is Pete D’Amour. D’Amour is entering his third season as head coach of the Hokies and has led them to a 68-15 record since he took over the reigns of the program.
That includes a 23-4 record in the ACC. The Hokies were 21-4 and ranked in the top 15 in the country before the season was canceled. Martin is excited about joining a Division 1 program that is on the rise in the national college softball ranks.
“I have talked to the coach a lot in a lot of positive ways about me and the other ‘22’s coming into Virginia Tech, and he told me that he specifically recruits country kids who are hardworking and determined…He also believes that these kids are going to take him really far and that was a big contribution to them getting so far last year,” Martin said.
“For me it is honestly a really big accomplishment to be on such a good team that has gotten recognized a lot more lately than they have in previous years,” she continued.
When Martin saw D’Amour come onboard, the players settling in and working together, she saw that program take off.
“That really inspired me to chase after that dream because I always like doing my very best, and I knew that they were working their very best getting up to bigger schools’ levels too,” she added.
Martin still has two years of high school softball and travel softball remaining before she can step foot on the field in Blacksburg, but she already has plans in place on how to best spend that time getting better and becoming the best she can be before joining the Hokies.
For her, that’s two more years to progress in talent and mentality, by thinking about game situations.
“Skill wise I go downstairs and hit in my basement every other day, if not every day of the week, and I put in a lot of work because I know where I want to be when I get there,” she said.
Someone else that has played a big part in Martin’s life and her success on and off the field is her grandfather Barry Fisher.
Fisher is Sunshine’s father, and he played a big role in her life growing up. He coached his daughter all through her softball career and was able to pass those coaching abilities along to her as he took a step back to watch his granddaughter play.
“I did coach Sunshine all her school age years on up to college, and then when Trinity was born Sunshine coached Trinity, and I coached over the fence,” Fisher said.
“I was primarily a cheerleader,” he added.
But Fisher still recognized the talent that Martin had, and even though he may not have been coaching her on the field, he is always there to help in any way he can.
His granddaughter, Trinity, said, “He has always been there for me through all of the ups and down, and he gives me headaches all the time just because he loves me, and he wants to see me do good. He picks on me constantly but it is out of love.”
Trinity’s mother, Sunshine added, “When she came along, and I coached her, and my daddy was always in her ear saying ‘this is what I taught your mama’ and you know he has always been her biggest supporter and one of her biggest critics and will tell her if she is not doing something he thinks she ought to be doing, but she has learned too and that has helped her because she has learned to take criticism.”
Fisher added on to what Martin and her mother had both reiterated about the passion the she has for the game of softball.
“She had the passion, she just didn’t just go to practice reluctantly and do her little thing and then go home and want to do something else. She would go to practice and then come home and want to practice more, and still to this day still does,” Fisher said.
Martin is still working hard daily, whether it is practicing in her basement or with her travel softball team. The stress of the recruiting process is behind her with almost two full seasons to go in her high school career, and for her that is a big relief.