Former Triton pitcher Trent Fennell was taken by the Colorado Rockies in the 24th round of the Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday.
Fennell was a vital member of the Hawks team that won the Two Rivers 3-A Conference baseball championship in 2014, winning league Pitcher of the Year honors.
The Rockies selected Fennell out of Barton with pick No. 726 overall.
Fennell went 6-5 for team that finished 12-36 in 2018. He had a 5.24 earned run average with 99 strikeouts in 68 and two-thirds innings.
“Trent Fennell Is without a doubt the best example of hard work paying off that I have ever been associated with,” said Triton coach Joey Miriello. “The thing that separated Trent from your average high school and collegiate player was his desire to get better and what I believe was a general fear of being mediocre.
“Trent wants to be the best at everything he does whether it’s ping-pong, basketball, or baseball. This was evident with his massive improvements year to year while he was a player here at Triton.
“I can’t tell you how many times I would come out to the field on the weekends and he would be out here working on his game by himself. There is no doubt in my mind that he will succeed at the next level. As a school, team, and coaching staff, we are very proud of Trent. He is the first player we have had as coaches get drafted since we took over the program. This is something that is greatly appreciated by our staff!”