Tiger Baseball Ousts Eastern in the 7th Region Quarterfinals
After dropping the 26th District Championship in walk-off fashion to Male, Saint Xavier was in a win-or-go-home situation on a hot Memorial Day morning. To keep playing, the Tigers had to beat Eastern, who came into the game sporting the best win-loss record in the region at 29-6; St. X accounted for one of those six losses, a 5-3 victory back on Aug. 8, in a game that will be infamously remembered for being senior Austin Clemons’ last game in a St. X uniform before he learned he had sustained a torn right ACL.
Could the Tigers do it again when they needed it most?
It was a hard-fought contest early, but St. X answered the bell with an offensive haymaker that the opposing Eagles simply could not handle, winning by a final line of 7-3.
Eastern led 2-0 after two innings and 3-2 after three, but the Tigers’ offense kept on chugging and scored the final five runs of the game unanswered.
St. X starter Cam Revelette went 2 2/3 innings into the game, but could never get in a rhythm and exited after allowing all of the Eagles’ runs. Connor Underwood came on in relief of Revelette and proceeded to toss 4 1/3 innings of shutout ball to keep St. X within striking distance.
The Tiger lineup was the story of the game. After Underwood got the final out in the third inning, Josh Finerty singled and was substituted for courtesy runner Adam Elliott. After Elliott had reached third base with two outs in the top of the fifth inning, Hayden Ford mashed a 2-run shot that soared over the centerfield fence and turned a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 lead.
Just like that, a game that seemed to be well within Eastern’s hands was blown wide open; momentum swung wildly in St. X’s favor almost instantly.
The Tigers didn’t miss a beat from there on out. While Underwood was blanking the Eagles, St. X had a two-run sixth inning, thanks to Sam Springer’s RBI double and an RBI single by Josh Finerty, and pushed the lead to 7-3 after Dalton Dedas drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.
The Tigers play tomorrow at 7:15 PM at University of Louisville’s Jim Patterson Stadium against the Manual Crimsons! Be there to support the last 2013-2014 Tiger Sports team still in action!