The facts: Last week, Trace went 9-for-13 for a .692 batting average with seven runs scored, nine runs batted in, four doubles and a home run in five games against Sterling Heights, L’Anse Creuse, Utica Stevenson and DeWitt. For the season, he is batting .487 with two home runs and 17 RBI for the 6-4 Vikings. He earned all-league last year while helping Haslett win its district and regional before the Vikings were eliminated in a Division 2 quarterfinal.
From coach Jeff Woodworth: “He’s just kind of a hard-nosed player. He loves to play the game and he plays hard. He brings some experience to our lineup since he has started since he was a freshman. He’s moved from lead off (in the batting order) to the four-hole. He prepares himself like he wants to play in college. He leads by example, and not so much by talking about it. He just plays the game very hard.”