With all the attention given to Holy Trinity's starting pitching this season, it was the Titans' bullpen that proved most valuable Wednesday at St. Anthony's.
Mike Huber and Tyler Kapela combined to throw five shutout innings in relief of starter Anthony Rosati, as Trinity came from behind to beat the Friars, 8-2.
"I just wanted to throw strikes and get outs," Huber said. "I had good command on my fastball and dropped my slider in there. This got us pumped up to get this win today."
Huber entered the game in the third with Trinity (6-2, 4-2 CHSAA) trailing, 2-0. Rosati, who is bound for St. John's University next fall, was forced to leave the game with a blister on his right foot. Huber allowed just one hit in 2 1/3 innings and earned the win as the Titans stormed back with four runs in the fourth.
Kapela relieved Huber with one out in the fifth and runners on first and second, and closed the final 2 2/3 innings of the game without allowing a hit.
"The bullpen was big today," Trinity coach Bob Malandro said. "Huber picked us up and held [St. Anthony's] right where they were and then we got our four runs. The two of them have no fear. Kapela's not overpowering, but he throws strikes, has a great breaking ball, and they both did the job."
Trinity's two-out rally in the fourth made the difference. Trailing 2-1, Joey DeVito crushed a two-run double off the high fence in leftfield to give Trinity a 3-2 lead. Patrick Madigan's two-run single later in the inning made it 5-2.
"I was trying to get a pitch to drive into the outfield, get in a run and I ended up getting a good ball and hitting a nice shot," DeVito said of his go-ahead double. "I think that got us going a little bit more."
Trinity would add another run in the fifth and two more in the sixth. Huber's win was his first of the season. St. Anthony's starter Jonathan DeMarco was chased in the fourth and given the loss.