Holy Trinity baseball drawing attention from scouts


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Junior Joc Perry is getting interest from college programs and is a big reason why the Holy Trinity Tigers are expecting to have a successful season. Photo by Carl Kotala

There are plenty of reasons for the excitement that surrounds the Holy Trinity baseball team.

  • The Tigers have most of their players back from last year’s district championship team.
  • College and pro scouts figure to be coming to town to get a look at University of Miami commit Tony Jenkins … which means other players will get a chance to be seen as well.
  • Although the Tigers are in a new eight-team district, they’ll get to face off against seven other Brevard County schools and potentially get some bragging rights.

“It’s going to be exciting,” Holy Trinity coach Tracy Biggs said. “We have a lot of guys with a lot of talent. I think one of the best things is to get more excitement back out here on the field for us. We’ll have some college coaches and some [pro] scouts out here because of Jenkins.

“Those are things that have never happened at Holy Trinity before. We’re excited about having that kind of traffic out here.”

Jenkins, a junior who will play third base and the outfield for the Tigers this season, is one of several core players who are worth the attention of not just the scouts, but local baseball fans as well.

“It feels good, not only for myself, but for them to get a chance to look at everyone else and evaluate them,” Jenkins said of the attention. “It also opens up opportunities for everyone else to go to college somewhere.”

Junior Joc Perry will play third base and be the team’s No. 2 pitcher. He’s drawn interest from scouts for both baseball and football.

Sophomore Jordan Kaplan is the team’s No. 1 pitcher and will also play center field. Jack Szachacz is back to play shortstop and will hit either fourth or fifth in the lineup. Biggs is also excited to get catcher Matt Austin back once soccer season is over and, in the meantime, Julius Luchs will get plenty of time behind the plate.

Harvey Jenkins, who went 5-1 on the mound last year, is also back and the pitching staff will get another boost when Ryan Bastien returns in late February from a knee injury sustained during football season.

Transfer Jaden Smith will play second base and bat leadoff and another transfer, Ryan Shields, can pitch and play first base.

“We have pretty much the whole team back,” Perry said. “I think we’re going to be a really good hitting team, and that’s where we need to be strong at.”

Holy Trinity will be in a district that features Astronaut, Titusville, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Satellite, Melbourne Central Catholic and Space Coast.

Though it will be quite a challenge, the experienced Tigers should be contenders.