Trent Howell: a third baseman for the ages

Reed City infielder enjoyed banner season at third base and at the plate

Trent Howell

Trent

Howell

Pioneer photo/John Raffel

REED CITY – Trent Howell’s senior baseball season is one he’s not likely to forget in a long time at Reed City.

Neither will the Coyotes who used the efforts of Howell and other players to win conference and district titles and advance to the regional title game before falling 1-0 to Traverse City St. Francis.

Coach Eric Grannis mentioned Howell as among the key seniors his team will miss. Howell had a big bat and good glove in an 18-3 regional semifinal win over Pine River.

This was his second varsity season.

“I had a rough start,” he said. “But my bat started getting way better. The key has been keeping my back shoulder up and not dropping my hands.”

Howell has been a steady hitter throughout the season. He liked his bat against Pine River.

“Like I said the key was getting my shoulder back and getting my hands to the ball,” Howell said.

Defensively, he mostly played third base.

‘I have a strong arm in getting the ball across the diamond,” he said.

The key in a successful season, Howell said, “was keeping our heads and not having mental (letdowns) and staying together as a team.’

He also played football during the fall but has a special relationship to baseball.

“I love the sport of baseball,” he said. “I’ve been with it forever.”

THE TRENT HOWELL FILE

Favorite food: Chinese

Favorite subject in school: Science

Favorite movie: Men of Honor

Career goal: Construction