Holy Trinity baseball has plenty to build on after breakthrough season
The Holy Trinity baseball team saw its season come to an end on Wednesday night in the Class 4A regional quarterfinals.
But oh what a season it was.
The Tigers won the Class 4A, District 8 championship – just the second district title in school history – and finished 15-11 overall.
That was despite having a team led mostly by freshmen and sophomores, though some of them have been playing varsity baseball since the seventh grade.
Coach Tracy Biggs, who was back as the Tigers head coach this season after holding the job from 2006-12, is very proud of his team.
“When every player bought into what their role was for this program it began to change the attitude and the mindset of the guys,” he wrote in an email. “At that time, they felt like they can beat anybody. I have several of guys that made major improvements through the season.”
In particular, Biggs pointed to his pitching staff. Freshman Jordan Kaplan had a strong second half and was the Tigers’ No. 1 guy going into the district tournament. Sophomore Harvey Jenkins went 5-1 and pitched well in the tournament and junior closer Ryan Bastien also came through in the clutch.
Sophomore Jaquel Perry won his last three starts and also hit three home runs.
Other standouts included freshman shortstop Jack Szachacz, who was batting .340 and providing a big spark for the team before an injury ended his season.
Of course, it’s hard to talk about the Tigers and not mention sophomore Tony Jenkins and freshman R.J. Diaz, whom Biggs referred to as “the offensive brain of our team.”
Jenkins, who played shortstop and center field, batted .492 with three home runs, 21 RBIs and 24 stolen bases. Diaz, meanwhile, hit .434 with 30 hits, 29 runs scored and 24 steals.
“Overall as a team, all the guys played very well and did you ask of them in order to win a championship,” Biggs wrote. “And they did.”