Danville baseball to honor Troy Trumbo during Invitational

Published 5:23 am Saturday, April 27, 2019

Danville baseball will honor one of the best to ever wear Admiral blue next week.

The Admirals will raise funds next weekend for the scholarship fund set up by Troy Trumbo’s parents more than two decades ago.

Danville head coach Paul Morse was Trumbo’s teammate and one of his best friends from the time that Morse moved to the area when he was 12. Trumbo and Morse starred for the Admirals in multiple sports before going to Kentucky to play baseball.

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Trumbo passed away after their sophomore year. He was 20 years old.

“Troy was always that guy, doesn’t matter when or where you’d see him, he always had a huge smile on his face,” Morse said. “He was a really good friend. If he hadn’t passed away, he would’ve been in Tammy and I’s wedding. Just a great role model to a lot of people, especially our young guys in the community.”

The scholarship fund set up by Trumbo’s parents is in Troy’s memory, honoring a Danville student-athlete who embodies his strength and determination.

Danville’s weekend Webster Orthodontics Invitational, starting with the Admirals’ game against Mercer County on May 3, will raise money for the Troy Trumbo scholarship fund.

“We’re trying to raise money for that scholarship fund to keep that scholarship going,” Morse said. “The educational foundation, alumni association is helping out. They’re doing some things, the athletic department has bought T-shirts to sell and money from those will go toward the scholarship fund. We’ll have some other things that day as well. His parents will be there to throw out the first pitch before our Mercer County game that night.”

Mercer County and Danville will kick things off at 5:30 on May 3, then Lafayette and Knox Central will play. On Saturday, May 4, Danville will have four games starting at 11 a.m.

“We’ve got some good teams coming into the Webster Orthodontics Invitational: Mercer County, Lafayette, Knox Central. That’ll be good competition,” Morse said.

Most of all, Morse wants to honor his former teammate and friend. He wants people to remember just how special he was, as an athlete and a person.

“He was our team barber at UK. I’d give him a hard time, he’d iron his jeans,” Morse joked. “Night before class, he’s ironing his jeans and his shirt. He was always dressed to the tee. He was 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, threw extremely hard but just a big teddy bear as well. He had the personality that everybody wanted to be around, hang out with. Still to this day I can’t believe he passed at 20 years old.”