Tiger Baseball Dispatches Johnson Central, Moves on to the Final Four
Article by Jacob Hayslip
St. X beat Johnson Central in a decisive 6-3 victory. After falling behind 3-1 after two innings, St. X scored the last five runs of the game against the Golden Eagles.
After a thrilling first round game against Union County on Tuesday, St. X Baseball came into Thursday expecting a confident Johnson Central team to be ready to deliver another haymaker just two days after dismissing the top ranked team, Tates Creek, in its opening round game.
Damage control has been a marquee strategy for the Tigers all season, and they again executed upon it Thursday night, staying calm and collected while weathering an early flurry of Johnson Central scores. After the Golden Eagles sent 3 runs across the plate in the second inning, Tiger pitcher Cam Revelette settled down and did not allow another run, as he pitched six strong innings and fanned four Golden Eagles. Scott Spurlock finished the night by pitching the remaining inning and picking up a save.
The Tiger lineup was all over Johnson Central starting pitcher Josh Hitchcock from the get-go. They pushed one run across in the second inning on an RBI groundout from sophomore catcher Dalton Dedas, and then proceeded to put four runs on the board in the third inning and tacked on an extra insurance run in the fifth inning.
Hayden Ford was again the catalyst for St. X, finishing 2-2 with two doubles, two RBIs, two runs scored, and two walks. Miles Lee and Josh Finerty chipped in with an RBI double each, and Lee also stole two bases. As a whole, the St. X order was an absolute machine all night; it was disruptive on the base paths, tough in the batter’s box, and absolutely relentless in putting ball after ball in play.
The Tigers are now in the final four; they play North Bullitt High School in a matchup of the only two Louisville-area schools that made it to Lexington. Game time is set for 8:30 p.m. on Friday. They are now two wins away from bringing home their sixth state championship and first since 1981.