#3 Tiger Baseball’s Connor Holden Throws a Shutout in the State Title Game
With the year coming to a close, we take time to reminisce on the past year in sports. 2016 has been filled with countless games, memories, and championships that have added to the legacy of St.X’s athletic excellence. Now, as the crystal ball counts down to midnight, WSTX Sports would like to do a countdown of our own over the next few days. Let’s countdown the Top 10 Moments in Tiger Sports for the year of 2016!
They defeated No. 1 ranked Greenup County, defeated the defending state champions West Jessamine, and defeated No.2 ranked McCracken County. All these incredible wins gave Tiger Baseball the opportunity to win their seventh state championship, but quite fittingly, they faced one more challenge on their already magical postseason run.
In their nine inning state semi-final against McCracken County, St.X’s two aces Daniel Fischer and Adam Elliot (both currently on the roster for UofL) pitched in the game, making them ineligible in the state title game.
Connor Holden would have to step up in the final game.
He found himself in a hole early. The bases were loaded with only a single out in the first inning. However, Campbell County’s next hitter hit a chopper up the middle that Holden snagged to start a 1-2-3 double play to end the inning.
Two innings later, Casey Simon, the other hero of the day, would hit his first home run of the season, providing the lone run in the game.
Now with a lead, Holden and the Tigers were able to settle into the game. He would go on to pitch a three hit shutout, picking up eight strikeouts along the way, including the final out which cued a well-deserved dog pile.
No one thought he would be the one dishing the final out, but who thought the Tigers would make it their in the first place? It’s only fitting that Holden was able to put the cherry on top of Tiger Baseball’s amazing run.