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6 time Kentucky State Champions

2016’s Top 10 Moments in Tiger Sports

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!

Starting with #10… Tiger Swimming wins their 28th straight title.

2016 Swimming and Diving State Champions

Photo by Conor Revell

For the 28th consecutive year, the Tiger Swimming and Diving team are Kentucky High School Swimming and Diving State Champions. The last time Tiger Swimming lost State, Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States.

The 200 yard medley relay team of current seniors Martin Nitzken and Keefer Barnum, graduate Matt Steiden and Clayton Forde, who now swims at Georgia, got the day started off right for St. X. They broke the state record in the event by .59 seconds and won by 3.14 seconds over Covington Catholic’s relay team.

Over at the 1 meter Diving competition, now graduated Michael Miller won with a score of 437.05 and beat Evan Brungs of Convington Catholic by 13.65 points. The only other individual winner on the day for the Tigers was Barnum in the 100 yard breaststroke. Barnum won the event with a time of 55.31. In the prelims on Friday, Barnum broke the state record in the event with a time of 54.69.

The Tiger Sharks look to capture a 29th straight title next year, which would tie the national record for most consecutive titles.

EXPYS Voting – Friday, August 5th Update

 

2015 EXPYS

 

Best Breakthrough Athlete
Leader: Connor Holden (44%)
The Pack: Brewer Cahalan (17%), Joey Mackin (9%), and Trent Ennenbach (7%)

Best Team 
The Leader: Baseball (40%)
The Pack: Cross Country (25%) , Swimming and Diving (16%) , and Lacrosse (5%)

Best Championship Performance 
The Leader: Connor Holden’s shutout in the state title game (47%)
The Pack: Sam Mudd and Cam Scheler’s back-to-back walk-offs (23%) , Cross Country places all seven of their runners in the top 11 finishers (11%), and Keefer Barnum breaks the 100 yard breaststroke state record (8%)

Best Game 
The Leader: Mudd’s walk-off vs. West Jessamine (39%)
The Pack: Matthew Thomas winning the Dream Mile (23%), Basketball’s District Championship vs. Male (20%), and Football’s win over Bowling Green (4%)

Tiger Pride Award 
The Leader: Baseball (30%)
The Pack: Basketball (19%), Cross Country (18%), and Swimming and Diving (7%)

Best Athlete 
The Leader: Connor McKim (29%)
The Pack: Matthew Thomas (24%), Adam Elliot (17%), Keefer Barnum (13%)

Best Coach 
The Leader: Coach Medley (35%)
The Pack: Coach Porta (24%) , Coach Larkin (16%) , and Coach Lancaster (8%)

Remember to vote everyday. If you want your favorite athlete/team to win an EXPY, you need to keep voting. You can vote once per hour everyday, so do that. Happy Voting!

This will be the final update for the 2016 EXPYS Awards until the winners are announced on Sunday.

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EXPYS Voting – Tuesday, August 2nd Update

 

2015 EXPYS

 

Best Breakthrough Athlete
Leader: Connor Holden (42%)
The Pack: Brewer Cahalan (18%), Joey Mackin (10%), and Trent Ennenbach (8%)
Breakdown: Connor Holden running away in the voting, leading 2nd by 203 votes. Cahalan leads over Mackin by 70 votes. Ennenbach trails by 14 votes.

Best Team 
The Leader: Baseball (41%)
The Pack: Cross Country (25%) , Swimming and Diving (14%) , and Lacrosse (6%)
Breakdown: Baseball still leads over Cross Country by 54 votes. Swimming and Diving trails 2nd by 34 votes. Lacrosse trailing by 28 votes.

Best Championship Performance 
The Leader: Connor Holden’s shutout in the state title game (47%)
The Pack: Sam Mudd and Cam Scheler’s back-to-back walk-offs (25%) , Cross Country places all seven of their runners in the top 11 finishers (10%), and Keefer Barnum breaks the 100 yard breaststroke state record (6%)
Breakdown: Connor Holden holds his second monster lead, this time by 148 votes. Cross country trails the Mudd-Scheler duo by 107 votes. Barnum trails 3rd by 26 votes.

Best Game 
The Leader: Mudd’s walk-off vs. West Jessamine (40%)
The Pack: Matthew Thomas winning the Dream Mile (23%), Basketball’s District Championship vs. Male (19%), and Football’s win over Bowling Green (4%)
Breakdown: Mudd’s walk-off stays steady, leading by 89 votes. Basketball’s District Championship trails Matthew Thomas by only 20 votes. The Bowling Green Game trails by 76 votes.

Tiger Pride Award 
The Leader: Baseball (30%)
The Pack: Cross Country (17%), Basketball (16%), and Swimming and Diving (7%)
Breakdown: Baseball still in control, leading Cross Country by 50 votes. Basketball has narrowed Cross Country’s lead for second, only trailing by 4 votes. Swimming and Diving trails by 35 votes.

Best Athlete 
The Leader: Connor McKim (28%)
The Pack: Matthew Thomas (23%), Adam Elliot (17%), Keefer Barnum (12%)
Breakdown: McKim keeps his lead over Thomas by 26 votes. Elliot trails by 32 votes and leads Barnum by 27 votes.

Best Coach 
The Leader: Coach Medley (32%)
The Pack: Coach Porta (26%) , Coach Larkin (17%) , and Coach Lancaster (9%)
Breakdown: After taking the lead last week, Coach Medley has now increased his lead to 19 votes. Larkin trails Porta by 29 votes. Coach Lancaster trails 3rd by 25 votes.

Remember to vote everyday. If you want your favorite athlete/team to win an EXPY, you need to keep voting. You can vote once per hour everyday, so do that. Happy Voting!

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EXPYS Voting – Friday, July 29th Update

2015 EXPYS

The 2016 EXPYS Awards have been open for six days now. Many teams and athletes have been taken firm control of their respective categories. However, there have been some, in my opinion, unexpected shifts in the leaderboard. With over a week left, there are sure to be more changes, and I am excited to see how they play out.

Without further a due, here is our 2nd Update for the 2016 EXPYS Awards!

Best Breakthrough Athlete

The Leader: Connor Holden (37%)
The Pack: Brewer Cahalan (23%) , Joey Mackin (12%) , Trent Ennenbach (8%)
Breakdown: Connor Holden increases his lead to 84 votes. Brewer Cahalan has made a huge jump in the voting, now leading Mackin by 67 votes. Ennenbach remains in fourth by 20 votes.

Best Team 
The Leader: Baseball (41%)
The Pack: Cross Country (24%) , Swimming and Diving (10%) , Golf (7%) , and Lacrosse (7%)
Breakdown: Baseball is in the lead by 35 votes. Cross Country has stayed steady, leading the new third place competitor by 19 votes after the Swimming and Diving Team jumped Tiger Golf.

Best Championship Performance 
The Leader: Connor Holden’s shutout in the state title game (45%)
The Pack: Sam Mudd and Cam Scheler’s back-to-back walk-offs (29%) , Cross Country places all seven of their runners in the top 11 finishers (8%) , Keefer Barnum breaks the 100 yard breaststroke state record (6%)
Breakdown: Connor Holden maintains the lead for his second award, leading by over 70 votes. The Cross Country team has replaced Keefer Barnum for third, leading Barnum by a slim eight votes.

Best Game 
The Leader: Mudd’s walk-off vs. West Jessamine (37%)
The Pack: Matthew Thomas winning the Dream Mile (20%) , Basketball’s District Championship vs. Male (20%) , and Football’s win over Bowling Green (5%)
Breakdown: Mudd’s walk-off is in first place by over 50 votes. Matthew Thomas has surged into second place, now leading the District Championship vs. Male by only one vote. Football falling far behind, trailing third by 45 votes.

Tiger Pride Award 
The Leader: Baseball (28%)
The Pack: Cross Country (15%) , Basketball (15%) , and Football (8%)
Breakdown: Baseball still continues to dominate the polls, leading by 33 votes. The Cross Country guys are really showing out, surging in another category. They are now TIED with the Basketball team. Football trails both by 18 votes.

Best Athlete 
The Leader: Connor McKim (29%)
The Pack: Matthew Thomas (19%), Adam Elliot (17%), Keefer Barnum (12%), and Caleb Grimes (10%)
Breakdown: McKim retains the lead for first, leading Thomas by over 40 votes. Elliot trails by ten votes. Barnum beginning to separate himself from Grimes.

Best Coach 
The Leader: Coach Medley (27%)
The Pack: Coach Porta (26%) , Coach Larkin (15%) , and Coach Lancaster (11%)
Breakdown: This is the first lead change in the 2016 EXPYS Awards. Medley now leads Porta by one vote. Larkin trails by 21 votes, and Lancaster by eight votes.

Remember to vote everyday. If you want your favorite athlete/team to win an EXPY, you need to keep voting. You can vote once per hour everyday, so do that. Happy Voting!

Vote here

 

EXPYS Voting – Tuesday, July 26th Update

 

2015 EXPYS

The EXPYS have been open for two days now, and we are starting to see some of the early favorites in voting so far. Athletes and teams have already taken the lead in their respective categories and have tried to put space between those in the hunt.

As a reminder, every Tuesday and Friday we will be giving updates on the voting results. A brief breakdown of every category will be included, as well. Next week, more extensive rundowns will be given on each category, so make sure to check our site or Twitter for updates.

Also, we have been told that people are having trouble voting from their phones, so to fix that, we will be moving all of the voting to the home page for the 2016 EXPYS. The past winners will be moved to its own separate page under the 2016 EXPYS tab. This way, you will not have to switch between pages to vote for each category. I hope this adjustment solves the problem.

Now, here is our 1st Update for the 2016 EXPYS Awards!

Best Breakthrough Athlete
Leader: Connor Holden (41%)
The Pack: Joey Mackin (23%), Brewer Cahalan (18%), and Trent Ennenbach (4%)
Breakdown: Connor Holden takes a sizable lead after the first two days of voting, leading Mackin by 41 votes. Cahalan trails Mackin by 15 votes. Large gap vote gap after 3rd place, and the rest of the nominees.

Best Team 
The Leader: Baseball (46%)
The Pack: Cross Country (18%) , Golf (10%) , Swimming and Diving (7%) , and Lacrosse (7%)
Breakdown: Baseball controlling the polls early, with 2nd place trailing by over 20 votes. Golf is in the hunt for second, trailing by 7 votes.

Best Championship Performance 
The Leader: Connor Holden’s shutout in the state title game (48%)
The Pack: Sam Mudd and Cam Scheler’s back-to-back walk-offs (32%) , Keefer Barnum breaks the 100 yard breaststroke state record (6%) , Cross Country places all seven of their runners in the top 11 finishers (5%)
Breakdown: Connor Holden in the lead for his second Award, taking almost half of the votes. The joint performances of Mudd and Scheler are 27 votes back. The gap between 2nd place and Keefer Barnum’s breaststroke state record is over 40 votes.

Best Game 
The Leader: Mudd’s walk-off vs. West Jessamine (33%)
The Pack: Basketball’s District Championship vs. Male (25%), Matthew Thomas winning the Dream Mile (19%) , and Football’s win over Bowling Green (11%)
Breakdown: Mudd’s walk-off leads the District Championship vs. Male by only nine votes. Thomas winning the Dream Mile trails only by six votes, and then leads over the Bowling Green game by eight votes.

Tiger Pride Award 
The Leader: Baseball (33%)
The Pack: Basketball (16%), Football (11%) , and Cross Country (9%)
Breakdown: Baseball takes the lead in yet another category, ahead of Tiger Basketball by thirteen votes. Football trails in 3rd place only by four votes, and that gap lessens to two for Cross Country

Best Athlete 
The Leader: Connor McKim (30%)
The Pack: Matthew Thomas (17%), Adam Elliot (14%), Keefer Barnum (13%), and Caleb Grimes (13%)
Breakdown: Tiger Nation favorite Connor McKim jumps out to an early lead over Matthew Thomas by 20 votes. Elliot is behind by only four votes. Barnum and Grimes are tied, and they only trail Elliot by two votes.

Best Coach 
The Leader: Coach Porta (34%)
The Pack: Coach Medley (21%) , Coach Larkin (15%) , and Coach Lancaster (13%)
Breakdown: As of now, this is the tightest race for a 2016 EXPY Award. Porta only leads Medley by nine votes. The two-time reigning champion Larkin is in 3rd place by four votes. He leads Lancaster by a count of one vote.

Remember to vote everyday. If you want your favorite athlete/team to win an EXPY, you need to keep voting. You can vote once per hour everyday, so do that. Happy Voting!

Go Tigers!

 

 

 

 

 

Fan Voting to Begin as 2016 EXPY Nominees are Announced

The EXPY Awards

For the third year, WSTX Sports will hold its Fan Voting for the 2016 EXPY Awards! Tiger Sports fans will be able to cast their vote for their favorite players, coaches, games, and more online at WSTXSports.com. Voting will begin today and last until August 7th when the winners are announced.

The EXPYS will recognize top Tiger Athletes, Teams. and Coaches and commemorate the past year in Tiger Sports by recognizing major Tiger Sports achievements, reliving unforgettable moments and saluting the leading performers and performances. The 2016 EXPYS will recognize best-in-sport winners, such as “Best Team” or “Best Athlete” that pit nominees from different sports against each other.

This year two past winners from 2014 and 2015 are making a run at a third straight EXPY award. The Tiger Football Team looks to win “Best Game” once more after winning for the past two years. Also, Coach Todd Larkin of the Swimming and Diving Team looks to win the “Best Coach” Award for a third straight year.

After tying our own record for state championships in a single year (9), the “Best Team” Award looks out to be a heated race. Early favorites will include: Tiger Golf who won the state championship in record setting fashion, Tiger Swimming and Diving winning a 28th consecutive title, and Tiger Baseball winning their 2nd title in three years on an incredible postseason run.

The next two weeks will surely be exciting as we get to take a look back at the 2015-2016 year in Tiger Sports. We encourage all of the Tiger Nation to go out and vote at WSTXSports.com/expys . You will be able to vote once every hour. Updates will be posted every Tuesday and Friday over the voting period. We cannot wait to see who comes out on top this year for the coveted EXPY Awards. Winners will be announced via Twitter on August 7th. Get Voting!

 

 

Mudd’s walk-off home run was first walk-off for St. X in State Tournament since 2013

Photo from Courier-Journal

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.

RECAP: Mudd’s walk-off home run saves the day for Tiger Baseball

Tiger Baseball celebrates their victory over West Jessamine | Photo from @stxtigers

Tiger Baseball celebrates their victory over West Jessamine | Photo from @stxtigers

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.

Tiger Baseball 3 West Jessamine 2- Box Score

St. X-West Jessamine Box Score

Tiger Baseball vs. West Jessamine – GAME THREAD

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.

2-0 Tigers

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.

2-2

B7 – Sam Mudd comes up to bat and hits a WALK OFF HOME RUN!

FINAL: 3-2 St. X

Tiger Baseball vs. Greenup County – GAME THREAD

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.

2-0 Tigers

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.

2-1 Tigers

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.

3-1 Tigers

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

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Gameday Central | Tiger Baseball vs. Greenup County

Thursday, June 9th | 6:00 PM | Whitaker Bank Ballpark | Lexington, KY

GAMEDAY INFORMATION

St. Xavier Tigers (25-12) vs. Greenup County (39-1)
Thursday, June 9th
6:00 PM
2016 Rawlings/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament First Round
Whitaker Bank Ballpark
Lexington, KY

GAME NOTES

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.

COVERAGE

Twitter: @WSTXSports
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

Louisville Catholic Sports: St. X has a seventh title on its mind

Sam Hedges | Photo by Sam Upshaw Jr. | The CJ

Sam Hedges | Photo by Sam Upshaw Jr. | The CJ

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.

[St. X has a seventh title on its mind]

Tiger Baseball’s opponent tonight is ranked #6 in the nation

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.

  1. Buchanan HS – Clovis, California
  2. Archbishop McCarthy HS – Southwest Ranches, Florida
  3. Canterbury School – Fort Myers, Florida
  4. Walton HS – Marietta, Georgia
  5. Stonemason Douglas HS – Parkland, Florida
  6. Greenup County HS – Greenup, Kentucky
  7. Redondo Union – Redondo Beach, California
  8. Barbe HS – Lake Charles, Louisiana
  9. Teurlings Catholic School – Lafayette, Louisiana
  10. Hanover HS – Mechanicsville, Virginia

I think it’s safe to say that the Tigers will be in for a challenge tonight.

New format could make a difference at Baseball State Tournament

Adam Eliott | Photo by Sam Upshaw Jr. | The CJ

Adam Eliott | Photo by Sam Upshaw Jr. | The CJ

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.

[New format set to go for state tournament]