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St. X announced Monday that a new state-of-the-art golf facility will be built on campus in hopes to enhance the rich golf tradition already in place at St. X.
“A new state-of-the-art facility under construction on the campus of Saint Xavier High School will add to the number of alumni competing in future US Opens, school leaders hope,” St. X said in a news alert. “With former player, Justin Thomas ’11 playing this week in Oakmont, Pa., the bar is set especially high.”
The Bill Musselman ’63 Golf Center will include two indoor hitting bays, a putting green, high definition golf simulator and a team room in nearly 2000 square feet of space. The facility will provide year-round training for the Tiger Golf team and will also accommodate an introduction unit on golf for all freshman students as well as future intramural events.
“We are honored to see this addition for our athletic and physical education programs, “Dr. Perry Sangalli, St. X President, said in a news alert. “The Musselman family and our other donors have once again demonstrated how important their experiences were here and how they hope to enrich the St. X experience for future students.”
One of the other donors is Thomas, a PGA Tour professional who graduated from St. X in 2011.
“This facility will provide the best indoor opportunities for our golf team and students,” Thomas said to St. X. “I am proud to have provided my support and look forward to seeing how exposure to the sport I love will affect the future Tigers.”
According to the alert, the facility will take approximately 12 weeks to complete as “the school continues to repurpose space as a strategic priority for the campus. This area once served as a weight lifting room and was most recently used for storage.”
This brand new facility will only help the already 20-time state champion Tiger Golfers.
Walk-offs are pretty rare in baseball. Walk-off home runs are even more rare. When Sam Mudd hit the walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh to defeat West Jessamine 3-2, it was the first time a Tiger had hit a walk-off in the State Baseball tournament since June 4, 2013.
The walk-off in 2013 was a single, but it had the same effect as Mudd’s as it won the game for St. X. The Tigers were down 1-0 in the bottom of the eighth inning to Logan County in the first round. Andrew Hubbs hit a walk off single that drove in Trace Amshoff and Austin Clemons to win the game 2-1.
Two walk-offs in the State tournament in the past four years is pretty impressive.
Tiger Baseball escaped to the semifinals of the Rawlings/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament with a 3-2 win over West Jessamine thanks to Sam Mudd’s walk-off home run.
For much of the game, the story was Adam Elliott’s outstanding pitching. Elliott threw 101 pitches on his way to a complete game victory as well as striking out nine Colt batters. 12 batters stepped up to face Elliott during the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th innings, and they all suffered the same fate; they were all sent back to the dugout without even sniffing first base.
“I was locked in from the very first pitch,” Elliott said. “I was throwing, two pitches were strikes, and I was locating real well. Throughout the whole game they worked and just getting the first strike was huge.”
Brandon Tucker and Chris Essleman gave Elliott some insurance runs in the bottom of the 2nd which were the only two runs for St. X until the seventh. Dalton Dedas singled to center field, and Tucker came on to run for the catcher. Chris Essleman would hit a single to advance Tucker to 3rd before Sam Mudd hit a beautiful sac bunt to score Tucker and advance Esselman. Zeke Porta reached on a fielding error, and Esselman scored the 2nd run of the day for the Tigers from second.
The second inning ended with Stephen Mitchell pop flying into a double play. St. X tried to hit and run, but Porta didn’t realize the ball was hit up into the air and kept running. The pop fly was caught and thrown to first to get Porta out. The double play ended the inning.
The Tigers put something together in the fourth, but they once again ran into some outs. Sam Hedges started off the inning with a single to 3rd base, but Dedas popped into a double play on the next at bat. St. X once again tried to hit and run, but by the time Hedges realized the ball was up in the air, he was already at second base and too far away to get back to first in time. Mudd and Esselman would hit back to back singles before Porta hit a high fly to center field to end the inning.
“That’s baseball,” Coach Andy Porta said. “It’s one of those things you start talking to yourself between innings where you ask yourself am I over coaching? Are you trying to do too much because the kids were hitting on their own. We were hitting singles right and were doing a good job. I was our own worst enemy. We were trying to create stuff and the two double plays killed us. They really did”
After retiring 12 straight batters, Elliott was going into the seventh with some momentum while West Jessamine was just trying to figure out how to get on base. Tucker Greer doubled down the left field line to start off the inning for the Colts, and Ryan Layne quickly followed up with a single. On the single, Greer was stuck running between 2nd and 3rd and somehow managed to get around the Tiger defense and reach 3rd base.
Coach Porta came to the mound wondering if he needed to make any adjustments.
“He asked me if I thought [Zeke] Porta should stay in,” Elliott said. “Yes, he definitely can stay in, and he just calmed us down a little bit. We got the job done, and we got the win.”
Seth Tayor singled through to the left side which brought home Greer and advanced Layne to 3rd. The next batter Spencer Blancet flied out to center field, and Layne tagged up and scored from 3rd. Elliott was able to control the rest of the inning, and the Tigers and Colts went to the bottom of the seventh tied at 2.
Going into the seventh inning, St. X could have crumbled and fallen but instead went out with a purpose.
“There was a new approach because there was a new pitcher,” Mudd said. “We were just hitting fast balls, taking them head on, swinging at big pitches inside the zone and anything outside of the zone to go and just get on base anyway you can.”
In the bottom of the seventh, Mudd stepped up to the plate to face the fourth pitcher for the Colts on the day, Greer. With 2-1 on the count, Mudd ripped off a walk-off home run to left field to win the game for St. X in what was only the 2nd home run of the whole tournament.
“I knew he was throwing a fast ball,” Mudd said. “I had seen three fast balls. I was pretty relaxed up there, not trying to do anything too big, and I saw a high inside pitch and just threw it to deep left field.”
His pitcher was pretty happy about that home run that clinched the win.
“For a little man, he’s got a lot of power,” Elliott said on Mudd’s home run. “I was sitting in the dugout, and I saw him hit the ball and everyone kind of went kind of quiet. I just saw the ball fly, and I knew it was gone. It was really just unbelievable.”
This was St. X’s first walk-off game winner in the State Baseball Tournament since June 4, 2013 when Andrew Hubb’s single brought home two runners on an error to defeat Logan County 2-1.
The Tigers will play next Friday in the semifinals of the Rawlings/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament against the winner of McCracken County and Johnson Central.
We’re live at Whitaker Bank Ballpark as Tiger Baseball is about to take on West Jessamine in the second round of the Rawlings/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament. We will be updating this thread as the Tigers look to advance to the Final Four. First pitch is scheduled for 11:00 am.
Top 1st – Elliott comes back from being down 3-1 to strike out the first batter of the game. A ground out and a strike out ends the inning for the Colts.
Bottom 1st – Mitchell starts the game with a single but is thrown out a 2nd while trying to steal. The Tigers end up stranding two runners on 1st and 2nd as Hedges is struck out looking.
T2 – Elliott gives up a hit but retires the rest of the Colts with ease
B2 – Dedas started the inning with a single. Tucker is brought on as a courtesy runner and immediately steals 2nd. Esselman singled to LF to advance Tucker to 3rd. Mudd hit a sac bunt to bring home Tucker! Porta singled to right and Esselman scored from 2nd! A double play ends the inning.
T3 – Colts go down in order.
B3 – The Tigers do the same.
T4 – Another 1, 2, 3 inning for the Colts
B4 – Hedges started the inning off with a single but Dedas’ pop out turned into a double play. Mudd and Esselman responded with back to back singles and advanced to 2nd and 3rd on a wild pitch but were eventually left on base.
Still 2-0 Tigers
T5 – Elliott is moving right along. Colts once again go down in order.
B5 – West Jessamine has a new pitcher and puts the Tigers down 1, 2, 3.
T6 – Elliott puts the Colts down in order for the 5th time this game and is up to 78 pitches with 8 strikeouts.
B6 – Tucker stole 2nd but nothing else for the Tigers in that inning. 3 outs away from advancing to next Friday’s semifinals.
T7 – The Colts scored 2 runs this inning. Greer advances to third due because of a fielder’s choice, and he scored during the next at bat. Layne was brought home by Blancet’s sac fly.
B7 – Sam Mudd comes up to bat and hits a WALK OFF HOME RUN!
FINAL: 3-2 St. X
We’re live at Whitaker Bank Ballpark as Tiger Baseball is about to take on #1 Greenup County in the first round of the Rawlings/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament. We will be updating this thread as the Tigers look to advance to the 2nd round. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00.
Top 1st – Stephen Mitchell opens the game up with a double. Casey Simon hits an RBI triple to bring in Mitchell. Elliott brings in Simon with a groundout to 2nd. Tigers end up leaving the bases loaded.
Bottom 1st – Greenup County goes down in order
Top 2nd – St. X also goes 3 up, 3 down
B2 – Greenup County scored off a sac fly with a runner on 3rd. Leaves a runner on 2nd.
T3 – Elliott walks to first to start the inning. Mitchell is also walked. Hedge’s bunt goes right back to the pitcher, and Elliott is thrown out at 3rd.
Dedas hits it to the shortstop, but Greenup County isn’t able to pull of the double play which scores Nick Nelson from 3rd.
B3 – Two straight batters hit the ball right to Fischer for easy outs. 3rd batter is hit by a pitch and advances to 1st. Next batter hits a line drive to 2nd which bounces off Fischer’s glove and lands next to 2nd base. End of inning.
T4 – 3 up, 3 down for the Tigers
B4 – Stephen Mitchell produces another great catch in deep left field. Musketeers go down in order.
Still 3-1 Tigers
Thursday, June 9th | 6:00 PM | Whitaker Bank Ballpark | Lexington, KY
St. Xavier Tigers (25-12) vs. Greenup County (39-1)
Thursday, June 9th
2016 Rawlings/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament First Round
Whitaker Bank Ballpark
The Tiger Baseball team takes on Greenup County tonight at 6:00 in the first round of the Rawlings/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament. Greenup County is one of the best teams in the nation and sports and amazing record of 39-1. This game will not be easy for the Tigers, but because of there stout pitching, they will have a fighting chance.
Coach Porta has not yet named the starting pitcher for the Tiger’s tonight’s game, but he has said that it will be one of the seniors, Adam Elliott or Daniel Fischer. Both Elliott and Fischer are star pitchers that are committed to play for powerhouse UofL next year. With the new tournament format this year, St. X only really needs two pitchers for the whole tournament. In years past, three or four pitchers would have been necessary to win a state championship. Having two of the best pitchers in the state will give the Tigers an edge tonight and for the rest of the tournament.
Last Game: Defeated Manual 2-0 in the 7th Region Championship
Louisville Catholic Sports: St. X has a seventh title on its mind
Tiger Baseball’s opponent tonight is ranked #6 in the nation
New format could make a difference at Baseball State Tournament
When the Tiger Baseball team takes the field against Greenup County tonight at 6:00, it will be the fifth time in the last six years that the Tigers play in the State Baseball Tournament. Two years ago, St. X ended a long drought by winning the 2014 State Championship, their sixth title in program history. This year, they go for number seven.
Paul Najjar of Louisville Catholic Sports wrote about St. X’s journey to this year’s state tournament.
Compared to their lofty standards, this year’s Tigers may have the look of an average team sporting a 25-12 record and No. 7 state ranking in the Kentucky Prep Baseball Report rankings, but this team found its stride in mid-May and have been plowing through the competition ever since.
“We knew we had a lot of talent on this team and we worked real hard in the offseason,” Fischer, the team’s co-No. 1 starting pitcher, said. “Even though we struggled a little this year, we knew we were a better team than our record indicated. We play great competition to help us get to this point and be prepared for the regional and state tournaments.”
Read the rest of the article here.
Tiger Baseball isn’t just taking on the number one team in the state tonight; they’re also taking on the number six team in the nation according to USA Today.
In the latest Super 25 Expert Rankings, the Greenup County Musketeers came in at number 6, one spot up from last week’s rankings.
- Buchanan HS – Clovis, California
- Archbishop McCarthy HS – Southwest Ranches, Florida
- Canterbury School – Fort Myers, Florida
- Walton HS – Marietta, Georgia
- Stonemason Douglas HS – Parkland, Florida
- Greenup County HS – Greenup, Kentucky
- Redondo Union – Redondo Beach, California
- Barbe HS – Lake Charles, Louisiana
- Teurlings Catholic School – Lafayette, Louisiana
- Hanover HS – Mechanicsville, Virginia
I think it’s safe to say that the Tigers will be in for a challenge tonight.
This year’s Kentucky Baseball State Tournament is set up a little differently than years past. The Rawlings/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament will begin Thursday at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington, Ky. First-round play will continue Friday and quarterfinals are set for Saturday. The semifinals and championship will be played the next weekend on June 17 and 18. In years past, the tournament was played all in one week.
Over at USA Today, Jason Frakes took a look at how this might impact the tournament. Spoiler: it might be really good for St. X.
This year’s change was a response to a proposal from Lawrence County coach Travis Feltner, who wanted Kentucky to go to a four-class system for baseball. The KHSAA nixed that idea, instead going to the two-week format.
Proponents of the change note that instead of needing three or four starting pitchers over a six-day event, teams now can rely on two ace pitchers and use both this weekend and next weekend if they advance to the semifinals.
How will this impact St. X?
And what of a team such as St. X, which features a pair of aces in seniors Adam Elliott and Daniel Fischer? Both are headed to the University of Louisville, and Tigers coach Andy Porta would like nothing more than to use those two – and only those two – on the mound during the entire state tournament.
Read the rest of the article here.
The Tiger Track and Field team will travel down I-64 to Lexington for Saturday’s KHSAA Kentucky State Meet. These are the athletes that will be participating in the meet:
|4×800 meter relay||Cole Bollinger, Nick Poole, Michael Porter, Grady Shiflet, Eoin Corbett, Ryan Guenthner, Cooper Marchal and Matthew Thomas||9|
|110 meter hurdles||Dallas Ford||7|
|4×200 meter relay||Max Masterson, Beck O’Daniel, Ricky Garr, Jax Goldberg, Owen Johnson, Jonny Dumoulin, Nick Erwin and Ben Ruiz||11|
|1600 meter run||Matthew Thomas||6|
|1600 meter run||Zach Larkin||11|
|4×100 meter relay||Max Masterson, Beck O’Daniel, Ricky Garr, Jax Goldberg, Owen Johnson, Jonny Dumoulin, Nick Erwin and Ben Ruiz||22|
|300 meter hurdles||Dallas Ford||9|
|300 meter hurdles||Jonny Dumoulin||16|
|800 meter run||Matthew Thomas||4|
|3200 meter run||Ryan Guenthner||4|
|3200 meter run||Patrick Schaefer||7|
|4×400 meter relay||Beck O’Daniel, Jonny Dumoulin, Ricky Garr, Matthew Thomas, Ryan Guenthner, Owen Johnson, Nick Poole and Jax Goldber||8|
|Long Jump||Max Masterson||8|
|High Jump||Jax Goldberg||16|
|High Jump||Zac Rapp||37|
Welcome to one of the best days of the year! Sunday, Tennis and Rugby will look for state championships in their respective sports. Tennis is looking for their eighth straight state championship and 25th overall while Rugby is looking for their fifth straight state championship and sixth overall.
Tennis Sunday started off right as they defeated Trinity quickly by a score of 3-0. By KHSAA rules, all matches are stopped once a team gets the necessary three points to clinch a victory.
1. Wesbrooks won 6-1, 6-0
2. Singerman won 6-3, 6-0
3. A.Hardin/P.Cameron won 6-3, 6-0
— WSTX Sports (@WSTXSports) May 15, 2016
Tennis will go to battle at 1:30 vs. Henry Clay for the State Championship.
Rugby looks to continue their domination of the state as well Sunday when they take the field against Trinity. The Tigers defeated the Rocks 38-19 on April 24 at Trinity. Coming into the Title game, Tiger Rugby has won five straight games including that victory over Trinity.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of the 2016 Pink and White Halftime performance by your St. X Tiger Dance Team!
Go Team Pink! Go Tigers!
We have posted this before, but in honor of this weekend’s NFL Draft I have put a list together of the Saint Xavier football players who have played in the NFL. The years next to the player’s name are the years they played in the NFL.
Bernard Crimmins (G) – 1945 – Notre Dame. He played one year in the AFL at the age of 26 and scored one touchdown. From 1952 to 1956, Crimmins served as the head football coach at Indiana University Bloomington and was later inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame.
Robert Talamini (G/OG) – 1960-1968 – University of Kentucky. He played 8 years for the Houstan Texans and his last year in the AFL with the New York Jets. Talamini was a part of the New York Jet’s Super Bowl victory and started against the Ravens in their win in Super Bowl III.
Samuel Gruneisen (C/G/LB/OG) – 1962-1973 – Villanova University. He played for the San Diego Chargers. After completing his tenure in professional football, Gruneisen coached at several levels of the sport.
Maurice Moorman (OG) – 1968-1973 – University of Kentucky and Texas A&M. He played for the Kansas City Chiefs during the early days of the NFL. After winning the American Football League Championship with the Chiefs in 1969, he started for them in their victory over the National Football League Minnesota Vikings in the fourth and last AFL-NFL World Championship Game.
Dicky Lyons (S) – 1970 – University of Kentucky. He was drafted in the 4th round (103rd overall) by the Atlanta Falcons. He is the father of former Kentucky and NFL wide receiver Dicky Lyons, Jr.
Kevin Lamar (OG) – 1987 – Stanford University. He played one year in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills. Kevin was a part of “The Play” when California ran back a kickoff to win the game and the Stanford band famously ran on to the field before the game ended. Lamar, a Stanford player who was in on the tackle, says that Garner’s knee had hit the turf while he was still in possession of the ball, but the play was ruled a touchdown.
Christopher Sedoris (C) – 1996 – Purdue University. He played his single year with the Washington Redskins.
Will Wolford (OG/OT) – 1986-1998 – Vanderbilt University. He was the Bills’ first-round pick in the 1986 NFL Draft, and played for them from 1986–1992, including AFC championships (and Super Bowl losses) in his last three years in Buffalo. Wolford signed as a free agent with the Colts in 1993, and finally joined the Steelers from 1996-98. He was named to the AFC Pro Bowl roster in 1990, 1992, and 1995. This upcoming season he will return to his alma mater and lead the Saint X football team onto the field as the head coach.
Bernard Jackson (DE) – 2002 – University of Tennessee. He played for the Washington Redskins at age 22. He not only played football but was a center in basketball and won state titles in discus and shot put. In 1998, Jackson was a part of Tennessee’s National Championship.
Joe Tronzo (FB) – 2010-2011 – University of Louisville. Joe played primarily on the practice squad for the Cincinnati Bengals and Tennessee Titans over 2 years.
All of these players were fortunate enough to continue to play a sport they love and even after they graduated from Saint Xavier they made us proud.
*If we left any names off the list, we apologize. Let us know, and we will be sure to add them!*