Strong pitching effort can’t save Holy Trinity in loss to Cocoa
Holy Trinity second baseman Tim Nunno tags a Cocoa runner during a rundown in Tuesday's Class 5A, District 9 game. The Tigers got a strong pitching effort from Cole Teply, but lost the game 5-3 in eight innings.
VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala
Cole Teply had a very good day on the mound for the Holy Trinity baseball team on Tuesday.
Unfortunately, some sketchy defense and lack of timely hitting ended up costing the Tigers, who fell to visiting Cocoa 5-3 in eight innings.
“Cole Teply absolutely threw great again,” Holy Trinity coach Tom Kelce said. “I think it’s his third straight outing that he’s performed at a high level.
“We’re just making defensive mistakes, and that’s what’s hurting us.’
Teply, a sophomore right-hander, struck out five over seven innings against Cocoa. All three runs scored against him were unearned. Pranay Raman came in to pitch the eighth inning and was also touched up for two unearned runs.
Despite the defensive struggles, it was an entertaining game that went back and forth.
Holy Trinity trailed 1-0 after the top of the first, rallied for a 2-1 lead and then found itself down 3-2 going into the bottom of the seventh.
The Tigers would score to tie the game and send it into extra innings before another defensive miscue would help lead to Cocoa scoring twice in the inning.
Wilson Hattaway went 2-for-4 with an RBI for Holy Trinity (2-10). Tim Nunno had a hit, scored a run and drove in one. Teply and Cole Hewatt each had a hit.
Holy Trinity had several chances to break the game open – loading the bases with no outs at one point – but the Tigers could never get the big hit when they needed it.
That’s in contrast to the way the team started out the season when the Tigers were more efficient scoring runs.
“For the first half of the season, we were hitting the ball real well,” Kelce said. “All of a sudden, our defense has been struggling the last 4-5 games.
“Our pitching has been spectacular. Cole Teply’s been throwing great. Pedro Gonzalez has been solid for us. Our pitching has been good.”
Holy Trinity will get a chance to straighten itself out over the next three games, which will be at home. The Tigers will host Titusville Thursday at 4:30 and will have their Senior Night next Tuesday when Cocoa Beach comes to town.