ROSWELL, Ga. — Blessed Trinity swept 12-time state champions Marist in a three-game series last week, and in doing so captured their fifth straight region championship with three region games remaining.
BT (24-3, 9-0) opened the series with a 7-2 win last Tuesday before beating Marist 9-4 and 4-0 in a doubleheader on Thursday.
Before coming to Blessed Trinity, head coach Andy Harlin spent years with St. Pius, and had much experience against the Eagles.
“I have as much respect as you can have with [the Marist] program. Going in we knew it was going to be a dogfight,” he said.
Entering the series, Marist allowed an average of four runs per game, but BT’s bats were alive in the series, earning 25 hits and scoring 20 runs. David Dunn had six hits, followed by Colin Davis and Jake Lundkovsky who had five hits each in the series.
Davis had nine RBIs, six in the first game of the series when he homered twice. Cole McNamee also homered in the first game.
Harlin said his team has a mixture of power and the ability to drop down bunts and put the ball in gaps. “We’ll keep trying to improve that,” he said.
Though his team was racking up the runs, Harlin said it was important to also perform well defensively in order to take down the Eagles.
“The big thing for us is everything has been balanced. In baseball your offense can get shut down in a hurry.”
BT’s pitching staff, which has averaged a team ERA under 1.00 the past two seasons, kept Marist in check. Seven BT pitchers saw action in the series.
Peyton Glavine earned the win for the first game, Cole McNamee the second and Patrick McNamara threw a complete third game of the series.
BT’s bullpen allowed just five hits in two games.
“They have been consistent all year,” Harlin said of his pitching staff. “The starters have thrown strikes and the bullpen has come in and done the same thing.”
On his team winning a sixth-straight region title, Harlin said the players deserve all the credit.
“That’s on all the players and all the teams that have come through this place. I’m proud of that and I’m proud of them,” he said.
BT will finish the regular season with a three-game series against West Hall this week. Though BT has already captured the region title, Harlin said his team will approach the series as prepared and focused as any other game throughout the season.
The Titans have reached the state championship series the past three years, winning the Class AAA state title twice in 2014 and 2015. This year marks BT’s first in Class AAAA.