Tigers expect to contend for baseball title


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Holy Trinity seniors Pedro Gonzales, left, and Tim Nunno believe the Tigers have a chance to really turn some heads this baseball season.

CARL KOTALA

There is plenty of young talent on the Holy Trinity baseball team this season.

And that has the Tigers feeling optimistic.

“I’m very excited,” Holy Trinity coach Tom Kelce said. “We only have two seniors, so we’re going to be a young team. We’ll be young, but I think we’ve got some talent here this year.”

Pedro Gonzalez, a first baseman/pitcher who has signed to play at FAMU, and center fielder Tim Nunno are the two seniors on this year’s Holy Trinity team. They’re eager to see how far they can go after losing in the first round of last year’s district tournament.

“We’re looking forward to making it into districts and trying to win it,” Gonzalez said. “We’ve got some young guys that are going to step up. It’s up to us as seniors to lead them.”

While the Tigers are members of Class 3A, District 9 along with Cocoa Beach, Frostproof, John Carroll, Lake Placid, Lincoln Park and Melbourne Central Catholic, this year’s FHSAA playoff format will be similar to football, where teams will build up points based on their schedule to determine which teams will move on to the regional playoffs.

With a top half of the lineup that features sophomore Cole Hewatt, junior Cal Rethwisch, junior Cole Teply, Gonzalez and Nunno, the Tigers’ offense should be dangerous.

“The first (five) guys are going to be able to hit very well,” said Nunno, who later added, “I think we’re better than last year.”

If the top of the Tigers’ lineup can produce, it should make it harder for opposing teams to pitch around Teply as often as they did last season.

“He saw a lot of curveballs, a lot of outside fastballs,” Kelce said of Teply.

“We’ve made the adjustments this year. Cole has worked really hard this summer. He’s put the time in and I think he’s ready for the challenge this year of being a real top hitter in Brevard County this year.”

Teply and Gonzalez also will combine with freshman Cas Werder and sophomore closer Joe Coston to give the Tigers a solid pitching staff.

Depending on who is pitching, the Tigers will have either Teply or Gonzalez at first base. The rest of the infield will feature freshman Sal Carlson at second base, freshman Zach Jordan at shortstop and Rethwisch at third.

Sophomore Hunter Leech will be in left field, and Nunno will be in center field. Right field will be a platoon among sophomore Ryan Mel, Coston, Werder or Gonzalez.

Freshman Luke Iten, who starred on the Viera-Suntree Little League team that went to the World Series last summer, is set to be the catcher.

“I’m excited,” Kelce said. “I think we’re going to win some games this year.”