Teply’s big day lifts Holy Trinity over Cocoa Beach

Tigers' offense comes to life in 8-1 victory


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Holy Trinity freshman Cole Teply went 6 2/3 innings, allowing just two hits and striking out four Friday against Cocoa Beach.Teply also went 3-for-3 with three RBIs at the plate as the Tigers beat the Minutemen 8-1.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

The Holy Trinity baseball team needed a breakout offensive performance … and that’s exactly what the Tigers got Friday afternoon.

Jaden Smith drove in three runs, Zach Pfeil went 2-for-3 and Cole Teply had a big day at the plate and on the mound as Holy Trinity defeated visiting Cocoa Beach 8-1.

“We’ve been struggling scoring runs and we’ve been struggling getting some base hits, too,” Tigers coach Tom Kelce said. “In the last three-four games, we’ve been (getting) three or four hits and a couple of runs.

“We put a complete game together today with some hits and some RBIs, too. It’s something to build on going into Monday (against Satellite).”

Teply, a freshman right-hander, allowed just two hits while striking out four in 6 2/3 innings Friday. He also went 3-for-3 at the plate with three RBIs.

Senior Jack Szachacz came on to get the final out for the Tigers (4-6).

Cocoa Beach appeared poised for a big first inning when the Minutemen were able to load the bases with one out. Teply, however, was able to get a double play ground ball to end the threat and give Holy Trinity a big momentum boost.

“That was very huge,” Kelce said. “That was a good jam there, but we responded well with the double play.”

After getting through the first, Teply shut the Minutemen down the rest of the way until Cocoa Beach scored a run in the top of the seventh.

“He was solid,” Kelce said of Teply. “He threw real well. I’m very happy with him. He had good command.”

The Tigers, meanwhile, built up a 2-0 lead then stretched their lead to 7-0 with a five-run fourth inning.

That kind of offensive production was what Kelce had talked to his team about before the game.

“I told them to stay relaxed,” Kelce said. “We took some extra BP (batting practice) yesterday and told them we were going to swing at these fastball pitches instead of trying to get curveballs.

“I thought our plate approach was great tonight.”

It was a big bounce back game for Holy Trinity, which had lost its previous game to Titusville 13-2.

“It was a bad game,” Kelce said. “No hitting and lots of errors on the defensive side.

“Today, it was a 100-percent turnaround. Great defense, good hitting and good pitching. That’s the formula.”