It would be easy to get lost among Davis High baseball stars like Matt Trask, Ryan Kreidler and Brett Bloomfield.
But senior Trey Golston has been a staple in the Blue Devil lineup and at third base for the past two seasons, and has grown into an even bigger role this year.
“My dad got me playing when I was probably 4 or 5,” Golston says. “He played and he just got me into and I took to it and loved playing.”
As a young athlete, Golston took to several sports like basketball and soccer in addition to baseball. However, unlike teammates Kreidler, Bloomfield, Nate Curtis and Drew Gnos, who also play hoops for DHS, Golston has stuck almost exclusively to baseball for most of his life.
“Well, I felt that I was probably best at baseball,” Golston explains. “And so to get better at it, I felt that I should stick to one sport and try to excel at that. I liked playing basketball and all that, but I kinda got tired of running, so I just stuck with baseball.”
And it comes as little surprise that Goldston has stuck with baseball since he was so young. On the field, his best attribute is his consistent reliability.
Last season, Golston’s achievements — hitting .328 and making only seven errors in 26 appearances — were somewhat overshadowed by the performances of former Blue Devil standouts such as Joe Murray, Bobby Young and Hayden Duer.
On this year’s squad, which is 9-8-1 overall and 5-2 in Delta Valley Conference play heading into the stretch run, Golston has been getting more notice.
It helps that Golston has been Mr. Do-It-All for Davis. He plays third base — where he boasted a .957 fielding percentage coming into this week — hits a solid .255 out of the five spot and serves as coach Dan Ariola’s preferred closer with a 0.60 ERA. His performance as a stopper is even more impressive when it is noted that this Golston’s first season throwing more than a couple of innings at the high school level.
“I just started really pitching this year and I’m good at throwing strikes when I need to, when I’m on the mound in hard situations,” Golston says. “I just always try and make a play when I can.”
Golston always seems to be unfazed by the moment. In a key April 10 home game against Franklin, he started off a five-run fifth inning ,which was the difference in the victory. The win gave the Blue Devils the tiebreaker over the Wildcats.
Earlier this season, in a key win over Elk Grove, Golston drove in a run then took the mound to close out the game in the seventh.
“I just try to keep it stoic up there,” Golston says. “I try and stay unfazed by it because then I get in my own head and start falling apart. I try to stay cool and I usually do.”
Golston especially enjoys batting out of the five spot after the leadoff man John Ariola, Bloomfield, Kreidler and Trask, because all of those guys are able to get on base and provide RBI opportunities.
“It’s awesome,” Golston continues. “The first four guys get all the attention and then the five hitter comes up and gets the ‘easy pitches.’ I get the fastballs, and they have to deal with all the hard stuff, so that makes it nice for me to try to get a nice hit.”
Golston has played with those guys, and many of his other DHS teammates, for many years. It is that fact, he says, that makes this senior season, and baseball in general, so special for him:
“I’ve played with all these guys since I was 7 or 8 years old. We’re all still together right now and Dan has coached me since we were all small, and so it kind of worked out because we all funneled back to the high school team.”
After coming up short last season, getting eliminated in the Sac-Joaquin playoffs, Golston and Co. are eyeing a section title this spring.
“It’d be awesome be going out with a bang like that,” Golston says. “We haven’t won (a section title) in 10 years so that’d be pretty sick.”
“And I think we’re on the right track,” Golston continues. “We gotta get our hitting going a little bit, (but) we’re pitching great, playing great D … as long as we can stay on that track and hit when we need to, we’ll be there.”
After that, Golston is hoping his baseball career continues next year as he plans to walk on to the team at San Diego State.
Notes: Trey is the son of Carl and Wendy Golston, who attend most home games … In his free time, Golston enjoys playing piano and hanging out with his friends. For him and his baseball buddies, that often means heading over to Brown Stadium to indulge what Golston calls a soccer obsession.
— Reach Thomas Oide at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter at @ReporterThomas.