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Showdown: Blessed Trinity
Published: Monday, April 01, 2013
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as we've all been told, wasn't built in a day. And that may be why the
level of excellence that head coach Andy Harlin has established in a
very short time with the baseball program at Blessed Trinity Catholic
High School in Roswell, Ga., borders on unfathomable.
Trinity, a private Catholic high school with an enrollment of just
under 1,000 students, first opened its doors for the 2000-01 school
year. Harlin was coaching at St. Pius X Catholic High School in
Atlanta at the time and jumped at the opportunity to build a program
from the ground up. And once the foundation was laid the program
soared upward like the skyscrapers in downtown Atlanta.
mighty Titans won their first two Georgia AAA region championships in
2003 and 2004, the third and fourth year of the program's existence.
They reached the round of 16 in the Georgia AAA state playoffs in
2004 and 2005, and put it all together to win the AAA state
championship in 2006. Just six years in, and Blessed Trinity had
already carted home state gold.
been blessed in that a lot of good kids have come through here,"
Harlin said. "We're in a real good area here -- that East Cobb
(Baseball) area -- and there weren't any private schools our size in
that area, and I think that helps. It's a really good academic school
and the kids get really well-prepared for college; we're blessed to
have a great athletic director ... and we get a lot of support there,
Titans will stray from their comfort zone in the northwest Atlanta
suburbs later this week when they take part in the inaugural Perfect
Game High School Showdown April 4-6 at Terry Park and City of Palms
Park in Fort Myers, Fla. The premier event features four elite teams
from both Georgia and Florida playing against each other in four
games over three days.
looks like all of them are about as good as it gets," Harlin
said of the competition from Florida. "It's going to be a lot of
Trinity advanced to either the semifinal round or quarterfinal round
of the Georgia state playoffs every year since that '06 championship
season with the exception of 2008. It was ousted in the quarterfinals
each of the past three years.
year's Titans won 13 of their first 15 games including all seven of
their games within their region. Three seniors -- first
baseman/right-hander Nathaniel Maggio, outfielder/right-hander Keenan
Innis and right-hander/infielder Reed Scott -- are the team's
headliners, and all three have signed with prominent NCAA Division I
schools: Maggio with Tennessee, Innis with Georgia Tech and Scott
with South Carolina. Junior catcher C.J. Brazil has committed to
seniors are a special group of kids," Harlin said. "They're
not just good players, but they're awesome kids to be around. They're
all yes-sir, no-sir and real coachable guys; I'm going to cry when
legacy the program has established after just 12 baseball seasons is
remarkable. Eight former Titans have been drafted since 2003, some
right out of Blessed Trinity and others after a few years of college.
Skole, an alum of the 2009 Perfect Game National Showcase in the BT
class of 2010, was a first-round pick (15th overall) of the Texas
Rangers in the 2010 amateur draft; his older brother Matt Skole
(class of 2008), was a fifth-round pick of the Washington Nationals
out of Georgia Tech in 2011, and was named the Nationals' minor
league player of the year in 2012.
Flowers (class of 2004) will open the 2013 MLB season as the Chicago
White Sox's starting catcher. Flowers was drafted out of Chipola
College (Fla.) in the 33rd of the 2005 draft by the Atlanta Braves
and made his big-league debut with the White Sox in early September
High School Team Breakdown: Blessed Trinity
Top Prospects (Position, Class, PG National Rank):
1. Nathaniel Maggio, 1B/RHP, 2013, 267
2. Keenan Innis, OF/RHP, 2013, 344
3. Reed Scott, RHP/IF, 2013, Top 1,000
4. John Castro, 1B/RHP, 2015, High Follow
5. C.J. Brazil, C/OF, 2013, High Follow
Two-way Division I commits 2013 1B/RHP Nate Maggio and 2013 OF/RHP Keenan Innis not only are capable of providing quality innings on the mound, but they're the top hitters in their lineup as well. Maggio hit cleanup for the East Cobb Braves 17u last summer, one of the best teams in the country, where he hit a couple spots in the order behind Innis. 2013 C CJ Brazil was also a part of that Braves 17u squad.
2014 RHP Reed Scott, a South Carolina commit, is the top starter, and he is joined by Keenan Innis and in the starting rotation. 2013 1B/RHP Nate Maggio works out of the bullpen with a submarine delivery. 2015 1B/RHP John Castro and 2015 RHP Andrew Riel are a pair of underclassmen who are already contributing.
The lineup versatility afforded Blessed Trinity by having so many quality two-way players should give them a chance to contend. Even if they don't win it, they'll provide a difficult matchup for each of their opponents, as they have a seemingly endless supply of pitchers who can run their fastballs up into the mid 80s.
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