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Canisius-bound Trumpler has Iroquois in right direction

An offseason of hard work is paying dividends for Iroquois High School baseball standout Zach Trumpler.

The Chiefs senior has been the ace of the pitching staff and is looking to keep the program among the elite in Western New York.

He’s 5-0 so far this season and one of the most dominant pitchers in Western New York, even as perennial-power Iroquois has experienced some ups and downs.

“Zach’s pretty tough when he’s on his game,” Iroquois coach Marv Matteson said. “He hasn’t lost yet this season and I hope he never does.”

Trumpler was a first-team ECIC-II all-star team as a junior, posting a 2-1 record with a 2.19 ERA, and has been even better as a senior.

He’s headed to Canisius College next season and is looking to finish his high school career strong.

“I’ve been doing pretty well,” Trumpler said. “I worked really hard in the offseason to get my arm ready for this season and it’s going well so far.”

Trumpler’s success has been a season long thing for the Chiefs and now the team success is starting to follow.

Iroquois won three of four to climb the ladder in the competitive ECIC-II. Although the streak of four straight division championships may be in trouble, Iroquois hopes to make up for lost time with a playoff run.

“We’re looking to keep going,” Trumpler said. “This year we want to go farther in the playoffs. So even if we don’t win the division, we still want to win in the playoffs.”

Even when the bats are cold, Trumpler has been there for the Chiefs. For example, on May 2 against Williamsville East, Iroquois left a bunch of runners on base and only plated three runs against the struggling Flames.

No matter. Trumpler threw a four-hit shutout, collecting 13 strikeouts in the process.

“He was really on,” Matteson said. “He went a little long, but it was a nice day (weather-wise) to pitch.”

And that offense is starting to come around. With a young team, the Chiefs are hoping to have the experience needed when it matters the most.

“Our hitting has come along and we’re all doing really well,” Trumpler said. “I like the way we’re headed.”

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