Tiger Baseball begins Season with a Pair of W’s
Saint Xavier Baseball begin the 2015 season just they way it wanted to, with two blowouts that showcased the wealth of ability and potential the Tigers have in all aspects of the game. First, St. X defeated Bishop Brossart 10-0 in a Mercy Rule, five-inning game. The nightcap saw the Tigers batter Newport Central Catholic by a final line of 11-0 in a Mercy Rule, six-inning game. It was a pair of performances that team manager Aidan Dunn said will probably be common this season.
“Nobody has the depth that we have,” Dunn explained. “Nobody goes 12 deep in the pitching staff. This team finishes games really well.”
These two games showed first and foremost, that the pitching rotation for St. X is deadly. In the first game against the Mustangs, Cam Revelette fanned 7 in four innings, allowing no runs and only four hits. Daniel Fischer pitched a flawless last inning when Revelette was taken out because of pitch count. In the second game against the Thoroughbreds, Grant Wessling had a perfect game with two outs in the 6th inning, when junior St. X right fielder Kurt Ramser made a diving play for a fly ball. The ball landed in Ramser’s glove, but the momentum of the dive caused the ball to squirt out of his grasp before the catch was completed. Ramser was assessed an error, so Wessling still finished with a no-hitter, which is nice. It’s rare when a pitcher and the fans around the pitcher are disapointed with a no-no, but that’s just how high the bar is set with this staff. Wessling was utterly dominant, going the distance and punching out 11.
The offensive stars in the first game against Bishop Brossart were two juniors. Center fielder Adam Elliott (@DatDude_AE on twitter; he is a good follow) put the first home run on the board for the Tigers, launching a two-run shot to right field in the bottom of the third inning. Catcher Dalton Dedas also had an outstanding game, finishing 3 for 3 with three singles, three RBI, and a walk. He said the key to his performance was not trying to do too much.
“I just wasn’t trying to swing too hard, just trying to make contact and see what the ball does,” Dedas said. “It did good things.”
Senior left fielder Trent Revelette, Cam’s cousin, was the offensive star of the show in the nightcap, as he went 3-4 with three singles, one RBI and two runs. One of those singles turned into an inside-the-park home run when the Newport Central Catholic center fielder misplayed the ball and let it slide right under his glove. He wasn’t looking for his own offense, either.
“I was just trying to do what’s right for the team, hit good pitches and move runners around,” Revelette explained. “I think we played as a team, and pitching really showed out today. That was probably the reason why [we won so easily].”
Dedas was on the same wavelength with Revelette on the topic of pitching.
“The pitching and defense was outstanding,” Dedas said. “It’s unreal.”
The Tigers’ next game is a matchup with Bullitt East High School at home on Tuesday, March 17th. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Go Tigers!