Category Archives: Tiger Baseball

6 time Kentucky State Champions

GAMEDAY CENTRAL | Tiger Baseball vs. Eastern

Wednesday, May 31st | 5:00 PM | Jim Patterson Stadium | Louisville, KY


GAME INFORMATION

Saint Xavier Tigers (27-11) vs. Eastern Eagles (22-15)
Wednesday, May 31st
Region 7 Semi-Finals
Jim Patterson Stadium
Louisville, KY

GAME NOTES

In the first round of the 7th Region Tournament, the Tiger Baseball team started slow in their matchup with Atherton, leading 1-0 after the third inning. However, by the end of the fifth inning, the Tigers proved victorious by run-ruling Atherton. Tonight, they continue their postseason run against Eastern, and will play at Jim Patterson Stadium at 5.

The Eagles coasted by Central in the first round of the postseason, winning their game 7-0. Obviously, the reigning State Champions will provide some stiffer competition.

Last time these teams faced off, the Tigers won in convincing fashion, winning by a score of 6-1. Sophomore Cam Scheler led the charge for the Tigers in the last game, going 4-4 at the plate, and was a homerun short of hitting for the cycle. Andrew Littlefield took the win on the mound for the Tigers.

 

COVERAGE

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Gameday Central | Tiger Baseball District Championship vs. Male

Tuesday, May 23rd | 6:00 PM | Saint Xavier High School | Louisville, KY

Gameday Information 

Saint Xavier Tigers (25-11) vs. Male Bulldogs (22-14-1)
Tuesday, May 23rd
26th District Championship
6:00 PM
Saint Xavier High School
Louisville, KY

Game Notes 

The Tiger Baseball team will face the Male Bulldogs in the 26th District Championship game tonight at 6 PM. The #5 ranked Tigers will look to rebound after a loss in their final game of the regular season to Lafayette last Wednesday.

 

Last time these teams faced off, the Tigers took the win over the #14 ranked Bulldogs. The Tigers won the game 3-0 behind the lead of juniors Chase Patton and Ryan Hamilton. Patton went 2-2 at the plate with a home run while Hamilton got the win on the mound on 6 innings pitched, five strikeouts, and a four hit shutout.

Game Coverage

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Gameday Central | Tiger Baseball vs. CAL

Monday, May 15th | 7:15 PM | Saint Xavier High School| Louisville, KY

Gameday Information 

Saint Xavier Tigers (24-10) vs. CAL Centurions (10-14)
Monday, May 15th
Varsity Game – 7:15 PM
Senior Night
Saint Xavier High School
Louisville, KY

Game Notes 

The Tigers Baseball team returns to action at home for the final time this season for Senior Night. Overall, the Tigers have run a record 15-6 record at home this year.

This group of Seniors has been one of the most successful classes in recent years. Their freshman year, they had one of the best records by a freshman team in St.X history. They also were part of a program that won their first state championship in 33 years. Fast forward two years later, and they are hoisting up a championship trophy themselves, the second one in three years. This year, they are leading a Top 5 team in the state as they start to gear up for Regionals.

Game Coverage

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Tiger Sports Schedule | April 30th, 2017 – May 6th 2017

Monday, May 1st 

4:00 PM – JV Tennis vs. Male
5:30 PM – Freshman Lacrosse @ Eastern
6:00 PM – Freshman Baseball vs. Jeffersonville

Tuesday, May 2nd 

4:15 PM – Track and Field – Master Meet #3 at St.X
5:00 PM – Freshman Baseball @ PRP
5:30 PM – Freshman Volleyball vs. Trinity
6:00 PM – Varsity Baseball vs. Central Hardin
6:30 PM – JV Volleyball vs. Trinity
7:15 PM – JV Baseball @ PRP
7:30 PM – Varsity Volleyball vs. Trinity

Wednesday, May 3rd 

5:30 PM – Freshman Baseball @ Martha Layne Collins
6:00 PM – JV Baseball vs. Floyd Central

Thursday, May 4th 

4:00 PM – Varsity Tennis vs. Trinity
5:30 PM – JV Baseball vs. Oldham County
6:00 PM – Varsity Baseball @ Meade County
7:15 PM – Freshman Baseball vs. Oldham County

Friday, May 5th 

(Who needs Oaks anyways?)
8:00 PM – Dream Mile @ St.X

Saturday, May 6th 

11:00 AM – JV Baseball @ Madison Central
11:00 AM – Varsity Baseball vs. McCracken County
1:30 PM – JV Baseball vs. Tates Creek at Madison Central
4:00 PM – Varsity Baseball vs. Madison Central

2017 Spring Signing Ceremony 

signees

Yesterday, 12 athletes from 9 different sports signed on to play to the next level. Congrats to all these guys for all the hard work they have put in, it has certainly paid off. Good Luck to all these guys in college. Go Tigers!

Jake Zickel – Lacrosse (University of Indianapolis): Zickel is a three-year Varsity Letterman and two-year starter at midfield for the Tigers. In 2016, he was the team’s 4th leading scorer with 23 goals and 7 assists. This year, he has displayed skill as one of the best ball handlers around the crease, while racking up 17 goals and 11 assists.

Nic Malubay – Lacrosse (Centre College): Nic is a two sport Varsity Letterman, earning honors as an Attack on the Tiger Lacrosse team and as a Defensive Back on the Tiger Football team. After scoring 5 goals and assisting on 11 in 2016, he has emerged as the team’s second leading scorer this year with 25 goals and 11 assists.

Spencer Blandford – Tennis (University of Southern Indiana): Blandford was a state semi-finalist in Doubles this past season. Presently, he is a team captain and carries an 11-2 record in singles and 13-0 record in doubles this year. He is a four-year Varsity tennis Letterman, and his singles victory in 2015 and come from behind doubles court victory in 2016 helped the Tigers capture two recent team titles.

Ryan Guenthner – Cross Country and Track (University of Cincinnati): Ryan was the top senior finisher for St.X at the KHSAA State Championship meet in November, finishing 4th overall in 15:58. He was a 2017 Team Captain, a state competitor for 2016 &2017 back-to-back state Championship squads, and an integral member of the 2017 Nationally Ranked Cross Country team this past fall. During his four years at St.X, he has earned five varsity letters – 2 in Track and 3 in Cross Country.

Andrew Edwards – Track and Cross Country (Centre College): Andrew was one of the top seniors and a Team Captain as the 8th runner for the 2017 State Championship and nationally ranked Tiger Cross Country team this past fall. During his four years at St.X, he has earned four varsity letters – 2 in Track and 2 in Cross Country

Martin Nitzken – Swimming (Miami of Ohio): Martin was a four-year Letterman for the Tiger Swimming and Diving team. In 2017, he was a State Captain and a state finalist for the third time. For the second consecutive year he, along with his teammates, broke the Kentucky state record in the 200 yard medley relay at the KHSAA State Meet, earning both All-State and All-American honors.

Owen Johnson – Football (Elon University): Owen was the Tiger Football team’s 3rd leading scorer, kicking 8 field goals and 41 extra points. In addition, he was a valuable member of the kick-off team, consistently booming his kicks into the end zone, eliminating any chance for a return. Owen earned 2nd team All-Metro Area Kicker honors from the Courier Journal for his accomplishments this year.

Brad Middleton – Soccer (Bellarmine University): Brad was a 2 year Letterman at striker for the Tiger Soccer program. During his career, he scored 12 goals and had 4 assists to help lead the Tigers to 34 wins. With 8 goals and 4 assists this season, he was the team’s leading scorer.

Chris Esselman – Baseball (Centre College): Chris has been a varsity starter for the past two seasons as an infielder and right-handed pitcher. In 2016, he hit .278 with 4 doubles and was 1-0 pitching with 3 saves. In addition, he hit .364 in last year’s KHSAA State Tournament, helping the Tiger Baseball team claim their second title in three years. Currently, Chris is hitting .386 with 21 RBI and has earned two victories on the mound.

Joshua Schmidt – Wrestling (Lindsey Wilson College): Josh has earned four varsity letter in Wrestling and two more for the Tiger Powerlifting team during his four-year career. In 2017, he was a State Champion powerlifter as well as Jefferson County and Region 4 Wrestling Champion at 113 lbs. He also earned victories in the first two rounds of the KHSAA State Wrestling Tournament for the state-runner up team.

Sam Wilson – Baseball (Earlham College): Sam has been a stalwart on the mound for the past two Tiger Baseball seasons. In 2016, he had a 1.46 ERA in 24 innings pitched. In 2017, he has a 1.24 ERA in 22.2 innings while striking out 25 opposing batters and earning 3 wins in 6 appearances.

Ian Waldrop – Soccer (Hanover College): Ian was a two-year varsity Letterman for the Tiger Soccer program. During his career, he scored 5 goals and had 5 assists to help lead the Tigers to 34 wins. With five assists, he was the team’s second leading facilitator for the team in 2017.

GAMEDAY CENTRAL | Tiger Baseball vs. Trinity

Monday, April 17th | 6:00 PM | Louisville Slugger Field | Louisville, KY

Cam Scheler | Photo by Courier Journal

GAMEDAY INFORMATION

Saint Xavier Tigers (15-6) vs. Trinity Shamrocks (14-3-3)
Monday, April 17th
Varsity Game – 6:00
Louisville Slugger Field
Louisville, KY

GAME NOTES

The Tigers and Shamrocks will face off for the second time this season when they play at Louisville Slugger Field tonight at 6:00 PM. The Shamrocks won the first outing by a score of 13-8 back in March. The slugfest saw both teams combine for 24 hits.

As the No.1 and No.2 teams in the state, both teams have a lot of talent, especially on the pitching end. The Shamrocks have an ace in Brody Heil, who is a University of Louisville commit, while the Tigers have Connor Holden, committed to Murray State. Both pitchers will most likely make starts tonight. Holden did not have his best day last game, but with that in mind, will bring a lot more to the mound tonight.

On the offensive end, this matchup could very well go hit-for-hit once more. The Shamrocks are strong at the top of their order, with their first three batters combining for seven hits in the last game. Meanwhile, Sam Hedges, Cam Scheler, and Chris Esselman will lead the Tigers at the plate and will need to make their presence felt early and often.

Overall, this should be another thrilling matchup for the top two teams in the state. The Shamrocks have won the last three games against the Tigers, St.X’s last win coming in 2014.

COVERAGE

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Gameday Central | Tiger Baseball vs. Ballard

Tuesday, April 11th | 7:30 PM | Carl and Rosemary Mueller Field  | Louisville, KY

St Xavier’s Christopher Esselman (6) and Ryan Davis (1) congratulate each other after getting the third out of the inning in their game against Butler at St. Xavier High School | Photo by the Courier Journal

 

Gameday Information 

Saint Xavier Tigers (14-4) vs. Ballard Bruins (12-3)
Tuesday, April 11th
Varsity Game – 7:30 PM
JV Game – 5:00 PM
Carl and Rosemary Mueller Field
Louisville, KY

Game Notes 

 

The Tiger Baseball team has a double-header tonight against Ballard, JV playing at 5 and Varsity playing at 7:30. The Bruins are ranked inside the Top 10 in the state, and are going to be tough to beat. Led by the likes of Jordon Adell, the Bruins have run a 12-3 record, most recently going 4-0 in the Super Prep series over spring break.

Adell, a Louisville commit and top prospect for the MLB Draft, has been absolutely stellar this season. He is hitting .512 with 10 home runs and 25 RBIs. Not only is he a great offensive player, but if he pitches tonight, he is capable of throwing some heat. He throws in the mid-90s on his fastball.

Obviously for the Tigers, they’ll need to keep Adell grounded. If they can do that, I’m confident that they can get through the rest of their lineup. The Bruins are a good team, but my prediction is 5-3 Tigers.

Game Coverage

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Tiger Sports Schedule | Week of April 9th, 2017

Hello Tiger Nation and Welcome Back from Spring Break! Your Tiger Sports teams have been staying busy over the break, and look to continue their solid schedules this week. Let’s take a look.

Monday, April 10th 

5:00 PM – Varsity Baseball vs. Eastern

Tuesday, April 11th 

Freshman Volleyball vs. Moeller @ Trinity
JV Volleyball vs. Moeller @ Trinity
4:15 PM – Track and Field – Master Meet @ St.X
5:00 PM – JV Baseball vs. Ballard
– Freshman Baseball @ Ballard
7:00 PM – Freshman Baseball @ Ballard
7:15 PM – Varsity Baseball vs. Ballard
7:30 PM – Varsity Volleyball vs. Moeller

Wednesday, April 12th 

4:00 PM – JV Tennis vs. Collegiate
5:30 PM – Varsity Lacrosse vs. Male
6:00 PM – JV Baseball @ Floyd Central
–  Freshman Baseball @ Shelby County

Saturday, April 15th 

9:00 AM – Track and Field – Johnny Con Invitational @ Male
10:00 AM – Varsity Tennis vs. Indian Hills (OH)
– Freshman Lacrosse vs. Cathedral (IN)
– Varsity Baseball vs. Elder (OH)
11:30 AM – JV Baseball Double Header @ Elder
12:00 PM – Varsity Lacrosse vs. Collegiate @ Assumption Green
1:00 PM – Varsity Rugby vs. Cathedral
2:00 PM – Varsity Tennis vs. Sycamore
3:00 PM – Varsity Baseball vs. Johnson Central

Tiger Sports Schedule: Week of March 19, 2017

This week in Tiger Sports marks the first that every Spring Sports team is now in season. The Tennis, Rugby, Baseball, Lacrosse, Track and Field, and Volleyball teams will all be in action this week. Good luck to all and Go Tigers!

Monday, March 20th

6:00 PM – Freshman Lacrosse (Green) vs. Trinity
– Varsity Baseball vs. Oldham County

Tuesday, March 21st

4:00 PM – Varsity Tennis vs. Manual @ Central Park
5:00 PM – Freshman Baseball @ Eastern
6:30 PM – Varsity Baseball vs. Manual @ Derby City Field
7:15 PM – JV Baseball @ Eastern

Wednesday, March 22nd 

6:00 PM – Varsity Lacrosse vs. Manual
7:30 PM – JV Lacrosse vs. Manual

Thursday, March 23rd

4:00 PM – JV Tennis @ North Oldham
5:00 PM – Freshman Baseball @ DeSales
6:00 PM – Freshman Lacrosse (Green) @ Oldham County
6:30 PM – JV Volleyball @ DeSales
7:15 PM – JV Baseball @ DeSales
7:30 PM – Varsity Volleyball @ DeSales
– JV Lacrosse @ Oldham County

Friday, March 24th

Varsity Tennis – DECO High School Championships @ Chattanooga, TN
5:30 PM – Freshman Baseball vs. North Oldham

Saturday, March 25th 

JV Volleyball vs. Centerville @ Trinity
Varsity Volleyball vs. Centerville @ Trinity
Freshmen Volleyball vs. Centerville @ Trinity
9:00 AM – Varsity Track and Field – Lenny Lyles Invitational @ Central
12:00 PM – Freshman Baseball @ Central Hardin
1:00 PM – Varsity Rugby vs. Moeller
– Varsity Baseball vs. Brother Rice (IL)
3:30 PM – JV Baseball vs. Brother Rice (IL)

Tiger Baseball’s Seven Day Extravaganza

Baseball is known as a sport notorious for having a lot of games in a short time period. Most MLB teams will go on stretches of playing six or seven days in a row. But those are professional teams. It’s not so common in the high school ranks. However, the Tiger Baseball team will began their first of seven games in seven days yesterday when they played North Oldham at home.

The Tigers were originally scheduled to play the Mustangs on Monday, but due to weather, the game was pushed back. Obviously, there wasn’t much the team could do about it, but now they are faced with a daunting task of seven games in a week.

These games won’t be a cake walk by any means either. St.X will face four teams that were ranked in the Preseason Top 25 by Prep Baseball Report, as well as an out-of-state team from Camp Hill, PA. Let’s take a look at the schedule:

Yesterday, the Tigers defeated #8 North Oldham by a score of 15-5. This was an especially impressive win, because the Tigers faced a Major League prospect in pitcher Joe Boyle. There were multiple scouts in attendance, but they quickly left after the Tigers made short work of Boyle.

Today- #25 North Bullitt (5:00 PM)

Friday – St.X takes on Trinity… coincidentally the one from Pennsylvania (5:00 PM)

Saturday – #4 Trinity… the real one this time! (9:00 AM) and #5 Lexington Catholic (5:00 PM)

Monday – Oldham County (6:00 PM)

Tuesday – DuPont Manual (6:30 PM)

Luckily for the Tigers, every game except for Manual will be at home during this seven game stretch. Depending on how the Tigers’ record comes out of this extravaganza, it’ll be extremely telling of how the Tigers are positioned to repeat as State Champions. Yes there are tough games and yes this is a tall task, but the possibility of coming out with four Top 25 wins this early in the season would show that the Tigers are not messing around this year.

Go Tigers!

Gameday Central | Tiger Baseball vs. North Oldham

Monday, March 13th | 7:00 PM |Saint Xavier High School| Louisville, KY

GAMEDAY INFORMATION

Saint Xavier Tigers (1-0) @ Eastern Eagles (0-0)
Monday, March 13th
Varsity Game – 7:00 PM
JV Game – 5:30 PM
Saint Xavier High School
Louisville, KY

GAME NOTES

The Tigers begin their first full week of games with North Oldham High School at home today. The Mustangs went 15-20-1 last season, losing to the Tigers by a score of 5-1.

This year, the Mustangs return possibly the best pitcher in the state of Kentucky, and one of the best in the nation. Joe Boyle is a 6’6″ 225 pound RHP for the Mustangs and will most likely be the one throwing heat to the Tigers tonight. Boyle was named to the Preseason All-American Team by Collegiate Baseball. The big man has a fastball that clocks in around 90-93 mph. He is verbally committed to play at Notre Dame.

GAME COVERAGE

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2017 Tiger Baseball Preview

The Tiger Baseball team looks to begin the defense of their state title this Friday when they play DeSales High School @ 6:00 on Friday at Saint X. In the upcoming weeks we will look at their individual opponents, but first let’s look at the Tiger Baseball Team and what we can expect from them this year.

Pitching Staff:

Key Losses:

The Tigers lost their two aces from last season, Daniel Fisher, who was named to the postseason All-American Team, and Adam Elliot, who was the State Tournament MVP. The two University of Louisville signees almost single-handedly led the Tigers to the State Title.  They teamed up to pitch the Tigers to the State Championship Game, giving up 6 runs in 4 games with a team ERA (earned run average) of 1.80. Others who were lost to graduation include Eric Hasselwander, Sam Porta, and Brian O’Neil.

Key Returners:

A Key Returner on the Pitching Staff is Connor Holden, who pitched the Tigers to their 2nd state title in 3 years, throwing a 3 hit shutout with 8 strikeouts in the Tigers’ 1-0 victory over Campbell County in the State Championship Game. The Murray State signee will be one of the top pitchers in the state this year. As the No.3 pitcher last year, Holden had a 2.12 ERA and 38 strikeouts on the year. Other returning pitchers include Sam Wilson, Sam Mudd, and Matthew Logsdon with the addition of juniors Henry Sadlo, Ryan Hamilton, Evan Burnett, and Andrew Littlefield. Sam Wilson notably was the designated closer for the Tigers, so look for him to expand that role.

Catcher

Key Losses:

The Tigers lose 3-year starter Dalton Dedas, who was the catcher on the 2014 and 2016 State Championship teams. He was a natural leader on the team, who was a reliable backstop and a threat at the plate.

Key Returners:

Sophomore Cam Scheler and Junior Chase Patton are the two catchers on the Varsity Roster this season. Both have experience playing Varsity, as they played a few regular season games last year when Dedas was given a day off. Scheler will be remembered for hitting a walk off last postseason with the bases loaded. Scheler should provide some offensive firepower for the Tigers this year and will be in contention for a lot larger role this year.

Corner Infield (1st and 3rd Base)

Key Losses:

The Tigers have lost both of their First Basemen from last season, Daniel Fisher and Nick Nelson, who was also the backup Catcher and could play Third Base, as well. The Infield is where the Tigers have lost the fewest amount of players.

Key Returners:

Seniors Chris Esselman and Ryan Davis are 2 corner infielders returning from last year’s state championship team. Also, Senior Chase Collins, who was cut from the team junior year, is on the team and will play some 1st base. Juniors that are looking to vie for time in the corner infield include Bryce Elmore and Ryan Hamilton.

Ryan Davis was playing solid before an injury ended his season last year. In 59 at bats he was hitting .305. Look for Chase Collins to have a big year for the Tigers as well. After being cut his junior year, he has worked extremely hard just to get back on the field. It’s paid off, but he has a lot more to prove. Notably, as a freshman, Chase threw a no-hitter while his twin brother Zac (committed to Purdue as a punter) was behind the plate at catcher.

Middle Infield

Key Losses:

Arguably one of the most important positions in baseball, the Tigers lost their starting shortstop, Casey Simon, who hit a solo home run in the state title game to give Saint X its single run. Simon is the only middle infielder that has graduated, so expect the Tigers to be solid at these positions.

Key Returners:

Seniors Chris Esselman and Zeke Porta are both returning players from last season’s team, as well as the edition of Juniors Trey Sweeney and Ryan Hamilton.

Even last year, Esselman had the prettiest swing on the Tigers roster. He is a pure contact guy, and batted .266 last year. Zeke Porta also looks to make a big leap for the Tigers last year after serving mostly as a pinch hitter last year.

Outfield:

Key Losses:

Seniors Adam Eliott and Kurt Ramser were both lost to graduation, but Outfield looks to be a strong-suit for this years team.

Key Returners:

Seniors Steven Mitchell, Tanner Brown, Sam Hedges, and Sam Mudd, as well as Junior Andrew Littlefield will make up the outfield for this years team.

Mitchell one of the fastest players on the team, which will do him well on the defensive side on the ball, but just as much on offense. Mitchell batted near the top of the lineup last year and batted .287 with 21 runs scored.

Don’t let Sam Mudd’s size fool you, because he has all the tools. He has a strong arm, capable of making the furthest throws from the outfield, paired with a big swing. Look for Mudd to move out from the middle of the batting lineup this year.

Sam Hedges is the Tigers top overall player. He is an all around athlete with great speed and strength. He plays through the ball very well and is an an accurate thrower from the outfield. The Northern Kentucky commit is a great batter and takes advantage of the gaps in the field.

With 4 returning players, and 1 Junior, look for the Tiger outfielders to have a monster season.

Schedule and Other Notes:

Once again, the Tigers will play a strong out-of-town schedule with teams including Brother Rice (IL), a Spring Break Tournament in Nashville, Cincy St. X,  and Elder High School.

In the state, the Tigers will field tough competition against Trinity and Ballard. Both of these teams are in the same region as St.X, and have a lot of talent. Notably, Trinity will have two UofL signees. Ballard’s Jordan Adell is a one man show, also committed to UofL, and looks to be a top prospect in the 2017 MLB Draft.

Overall, the Tigers do have a strong chance to go back to back and win the state title come this June. This feat has not been accomplished since Harrison County did it in the 1997-1998 seasons. However, if last year is an indication of how the Tigers play in the postseason, they know how to get it done when it counts.

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Tiger Sports Schedule | Week of February 26th, 2017

WSTX Sports Logo Square

This is a big week for Tiger Athletics as two spring sports will begin their season this weekend. Both the Lax Team and the Baseball Team will begin their State Title Defense this weekend. The Tiger Basketball Team will play Trinity tomorrow in the first round of the 7th Region Tournament. Lastly, the Hockey team will play in the First Round of the State Tournament this Saturday. Let’s Go Tigers!

Tuesday, February 28th 

7:00 PM – Varsity Basketball @ Trinity (7th Region First-Round game)

Friday, March 3rd 

7:00 PM – Varsity Lacrosse vs. Father Ryan

Saturday, March 4th 

TBD – Varsity Hockey @ Iceland Sports Arena (State Tournament)

12:00 PM – JV Lacrosse vs. Montgomery Bell Academy

1:00 PM – Varsity Baseball vs. Apollo High School

2:00 PM – Varsity Lacrosse vs. Montgomery Bell

 

#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!

connor holden

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.

#10 Tiger Swimming and Diving’s 28th consecutive title

#9 Tiger Basketball’s Regular Season Win Over Trinity

#8 Sam Mudd’s Walkoff Homerun

#7 Tiger Cross Country Qualifies for Nationals

#6 Matthew Thomas Wins the Dream Mile

#5 William Olsen’s Go-Ahead 3 vs. Male

#4 Tiger Football Makes Biggest Comeback in 6A Football History

 

 

 

#8 Sam Mudd’s Walkoff Homerun

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!

sam-mudd-walkoff

Photo by Lexington Herald Leader

In the second round of the state tournament, the Tiger Baseball team faced the defending state champions West Jessamine.

Current Louisville freshman Adam Elliot kept the Colts at bay, not allowing a single run through the sixth inning. The Tigers held a 2-0 lead heading into the seventh inning.

That’s when West Jessamine tied up the game and put the Tigers on edge, but that would not remain the case for long.

Sam Mudd was up to bat first at the bottom of the seventh inning. It was a 2-1 count and the Colts’ pitcher threw a fast ball high and inside. Mudd sent the ball flying over the left field fence to finish the ballgame.

With that win, the Tigers advanced to the state semifinals and from there… well we know what happened next.

#10 Tiger Swimming and Diving’s 28th consecutive title

#9 Tiger Basketball’s Regular Season Win Over Trinity