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Alex Robinson shines in Game 1 for Holy Trinity
As Alex Robinson left the mound following the sixth inning, the Holy Trinity lefthander received high fives and congratulations from teammates as if his day was done. The Titans led by seven and there’s always a chance Robinson could pitch in a Game 3 if necessary.
Robinson threw 85 pitches after six innings, but the Maryland-bound senior talked his way into finishing the game. Robinson threw a two-hitter, walked two and struck out nine to lead No. 2 Holy Trinity to an 8-1 win over No. 2 St. Anthony’s in Game 1 of the NSCHSAA best-of-three championship at Farmingdale State.
“Absolutely, I talked my way into finishing,” Robinson said. “This was going to be my last game pitching for Holy Trinity. I wasn’t leaving in the sixth inning.”
Robinson was a little extra motivated since he had his worst performance of the season against the Friars.
“I couldn’t hit my spots,” Robinson said of the regular season matchup. “I had to come back from that. This is good for everybody. It was up there in my mind. The biggest thing for us was to get this game and put the pressure on them.”
The Titans (17-8) did so immediately in the first inning. John Parenty led off with a single and stole second base. Tyler Kapela singlef up the middle and Parenty beat the throw to the plate to give the Titans a 1-0 lead. Anthony Rosati then put down a successful sacrifice bunt and Patrick Madigan lined a double to leftfield scoring Rosati for a 2-0 lead.
“Parenty and Kapela spark this team when they get on,” Robinson said. “They had big games for us.”
Christopher Hardardt led off with a great at-bat in the second, working the count full before drawing a walk. He went to second on a sac bunt by Donald Crispyn. Peter Scacco drew a walk and Hardardt advanced to third on a wild pitch. Darien Poveda was brought in to pinch run for Hardardt at third base. With the runner going, Parenty hit it where the second baseman might have been and a diving first baseman got the ball, but Parenty beat the throw to the bag for an RBI infield single. Titans lead 3-0. Kapela follows with a two-run double to deep left to extend the lead to 5-0. Radigan caps the scoring with a single to score Kapela to make it 6-0.