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Tiger Baseball Wins Region 7, Heads to State

For the 4th straight year, the Baseball Tigers took the regional championship.|Photo by Tommy Sullivan

For the 4th straight year, the Baseball Tigers took the regional championship. | Photo by Tommy Sullivan

St. X (26-10) topped Trinity (18-16) 3-1 earlier tonight at U of L’s Patterson Field, giving them the title of region champs for the 4th straight year. The Tigers now move on to state championship play against the Region 2 champions on Tues. June 3 at 8:00.

After going down 1-0 in the first inning, St. X came roaring back with three unanswered points off of four hits. The first two came off RBI’s from Dalton Dedas and Hayden Ford, who ended the game with two hits. Brandon Blaser’s RBI double brought the score to 3-1, and the Tigers held on to that lead to end the game.

Cam Revelette had a monster game against Trinity.|Photo by Tommy Sullivan.

Cam Revelette had a monster game against Trinity. | Photo by Tommy Sullivan.

Junior starting pitcher Cam Revelette went the distance and only allowed one hit, striking out eight and walking none in a truly masterful performance.

The team had a lot of support from the Rage Cage, who kept the energy high for all seven innings.

The Cage|Photo by Tommy Sullivan

The Cage | Photo by Tommy Sullivan

That was Tiger Baseball’s third meeting with and third win against the Shamrocks this year. “We are hitting the ball really well, playing good defense, [and our] pitchers are throwing strikes,” said outfielder Andrew McCormick, who picked up a run for the Tigers.

St. X only has five state championships in baseball, with the lastest coming in 1981, so a ring this year would be extra special.

The Rawlings/KHSAA Baseball State Tournament is a single elimination tournament that begins with the champions of each of the 16 regions and ends with one team being crown as the state champion. What do the Tigers have to do to win the tournament? “We gotta keep the same intensity. We gotta keep hitting, keep pitching, keep doing our same thing,” says pitcher JD Mundt.

We gotta keep the same intensity. We gotta keep hitting, keep pitching, keep doing our same thing.

Going into the state tournament, senior first baseman Hayden Ford leads St. X into lexington with a team-leading four home runs and 23 RBI’s.

Tiger Baseball takes on Manual

Tuesday, May 27 | 7:15 PM | Jim Patterson Stadium | Louisville, KY

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GAMEDAY INFORMATION

St. Xavier Tigers (24-10)  vs. DuPont Manual Crimsons (18-12)
Tuesday, May 27th
Varsity Game – 7:15 PM
7th Region Tournament Semifinals
Jim Patterson Stadium
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY

GAME NOTES

2014 7th Region Tournament Bracket Semifinals

The St. Xavier Tigers (24-10) will face the Manual Crimsons (18-12) in the 2014 KHSAA 7th Region Semifinals tonight at 7:15 PM at the University of Louisville’s Jim Patterson Stadium.

The two teams met one month ago yesterday on April 26th, when the Tigers won 10-1 at Mueller Field.

The winner will face either Trinity or Male Thursday at the University of Louisville’s Jim Patterson Stadium at 5:30 PM in the 7th Region Championship.

COVERAGE

Twitter: @WSTXSports, @TigerSports_TV, @LouCathSports
Last Game: Defeated Eastern 7-3 in the 7th Region Quarterfinals

Pablo Sanchez wants some Jim Patterson Stadium Facts

Pablo Sanchez

Tiger Baseball is very familiar with the University of Louisville’s Jim Patterson Stadium, the site for tonight’s 7th Region Semifinal match-up between St. Xavier and Manual.  The Tigers defeated their arch-rival, Trinity, back on April 13th on the Cardinals’ sports turf.  Also, last season’s spectacular 7th Region Tournament was played at the same venue where many of this year’s Tigers contributed to two of the craziest wins in recent Tiger Sports history to win the program’s third straight regional championship.

Tonight’s first pitch is scheduled for 7:15 PM, but will be determined by the first game of the night, Trinity vs. Male which starts at 5:00 PM.  The two winners of the night will face each other in the regional title game on Thursday at 5:30 PM.

For those of you on the fence about coming out tonight to support the Tigers, Pablo Sanchez has gathered some great facts about the awesome facility of the Cardinals’ in the shadows of Churchill Downs.  Make your way down to Jim Patterson Stadium tonight and help cheer on the Tigers!

Jim Patterson Stadium Details

  • Seating for 4,000 including 3,000 chairback seats
  • Main press box with two radio booths, a television suite feature two booths, an AD suite and a development suite
  • The surface is Field Turf, same as MLB Minnesota Twins and Tampa Bay Devil Rays as well as Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium
  • Part of a $20-million athletic complex
  • 6,400 sq. ft. terrace directly accessible above the chairback seats
  • Two-tiered ground level terrace extending from the first and third base dugouts
  • Lockerroom, players’ lounge, training room, equipment room, batting and pitching cages located in basement of the adjacent building
  • Frazier Rehab Center and baseball offices located on the 2nd floor of the building
  • Lockerroom and clubhouse attached to visiting dugout
  • All areas of the park are accessible to those with disability
  • Exterior construction has elements that mirror Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium
  • There is a tiered berm in left field and a covered party deck
  • The first eight feet of the roof supports is constructed with green brick from the left field wall at historic Parkway Field
  • Dimensions: LF-330′, LC-375′, CF-402′, RC-377′, RF-330′
  • State-of-the-art 30′ x 40′ LED matrix scoreboard with a 9′ x 13′ video screen
  • Eight light towers with 200 separate fixtures

Tiger Baseball Ousts Eastern in the 7th Region Quarterfinals

Cam Revelette didn't have his best outing, but he kept the game in check for the Tigers | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Cam Revelette didn’t have his best outing, but he kept the game in check for the Tigers | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

After dropping the 26th District Championship in walk-off fashion to Male, Saint Xavier was in a win-or-go-home situation on a hot Memorial Day morning.  To keep playing, the Tigers had to beat Eastern, who came into the game sporting the best win-loss record in the region at 29-6; St. X accounted for one of those six losses, a 5-3 victory back on Aug. 8, in a game that will be infamously remembered for being senior Austin Clemons’ last game in a St. X uniform before he learned he had sustained a torn right ACL.

Could the Tigers do it again when they needed it most?

It was a hard-fought contest early, but St. X answered the bell with an offensive haymaker that the opposing Eagles simply could not handle, winning by a final line of 7-3.

Eastern led 2-0 after two innings and 3-2 after three, but the Tigers’ offense kept on chugging and scored the final five runs of the game unanswered.

St. X starter Cam Revelette went 2 2/3 innings into the game, but could never get in a rhythm and exited after allowing all of the Eagles’ runs.  Connor Underwood came on in relief of Revelette and proceeded to toss 4 1/3 innings of shutout ball to keep St. X within striking distance.

The Tiger lineup was the story of the game.  After Underwood got the final out in the third inning, Josh Finerty singled and was substituted for courtesy runner Adam Elliott.  After Elliott had reached third base with two outs in the top of the fifth inning, Hayden Ford mashed a 2-run shot that soared over the centerfield fence and turned a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 lead.

Just like that, a game that seemed to be well within Eastern’s hands was blown wide open; momentum swung wildly in St. X’s favor almost instantly.

The Tigers didn’t miss a beat from there on out.  While Underwood was blanking the Eagles, St. X had a two-run sixth inning, thanks to Sam Springer’s RBI double and an RBI single by Josh Finerty, and pushed the lead to 7-3 after Dalton Dedas drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.

The Tigers play tomorrow at 7:15 PM at University of Louisville’s Jim Patterson Stadium against the Manual Crimsons!  Be there to support the last 2013-2014 Tiger Sports team still in action!

Regional Tournaments of the past 4 years

Refuse to Lose

Tiger Baseball has enjoyed a lot of success recently in the 7th Region Tournament.  They are three-time defending champions of the region and enter tomorrow’s quarterfinals with a 9-1 record since 2010.

When Varsity Head Coach Andy Porta took over the reigns from legendary Tiger Baseball coach John Jefferson, he picked up right where he left off in winning another regional title in 2012.

Last year, the Tigers had their best overall record entering the tournament and did not disappoint with two stellar performances to win in walk-off fashion in both the semifinals and finals of the tournament.

What will be the legacy of this year’s team in the regional tournament?  We will find out the first chapter tomorrow morning at Eastern High School where the Tigers take on the Eagles at 11:00 AM in the Quarterfinals.

2010

Head Coach: John Jefferson
Record entering tournament: 28-9
Region Tournament Results:
Quarterfinals: Lost to Trinity 0-1

2011- 7th Region Champions

Head Coach: John Jefferson
Record entering tournament: 23-10
Region Tournament Results:
Quarterfinals: Defeated Trinity 4-2
Semifinals: Defeated Jeffersontown 6-0
Championship: Defeated Eastern 4-3

Coach Porta won the Regional Title in his first season as head coach | Photo by Tim Porco

Coach Porta won the Regional Title in his first season as head coach | Photo by Tim Porco

2012- 7th Region Champions

Head Coach: Andy Porta
Record entering tournament: 26-11
Region Tournament Results:
Quarterfinals: Defeated Trinity 7-0
Semifinals: Defeated Kentucky Country Day 9-0
Championship: Defeated Male 6-5

The Tigers "held the rope" to win their third straight Regional Championship | WSTX Sports File Photo

The Tigers “held the rope” to win their third straight Regional Championship | WSTX Sports File Photo

2013- 7th Region Champions

Head Coach: Andy Porta
Record entering tournament: 30-4
Region Tournament Results:
Quarterfinals: Defeated Central 10-0
Semifinals: Defeated Trinity 6-5
Championship: Defeated Male 6-5

We Will Play To Be Remembered

2014

Head Coach: Andy Porta
Record entering tournament: 23-10
Region Tournament Results:
Quarterfinals: vs. Eastern- Monday, May 26th 11:00 AM

See you tomorrow morning! Go Tigers!

BEAT EASTERN.