Adam Elliott talks with Jacob Hayslip fresh off a dominating performance that consisted of him retiring all 21 batters that he faced from the Central Hardin Bruins. Elliott’s pitching performance tonight might go down as one of the biggest of the year.
Surely this shutout win over the No. 17 team in the state will catapult St. Xavier back into the No. 1 spot in the updated Coaches Top 20 Poll.
The Tiger Baseball team defeated the Central Hardin Bruins on Monday night by a score of 8 to 0. Junior Adam Elliott threw a Perfect Game and had 12 strikeouts. It was also Alumni Night at Mueller Field, and the stands were packed for a great game of Baseball.
To start of the scoring in the bottom of the 1st, Josh Finerty tripled to score Trent Revelette. The Tigers would go on to score another run in the 1st inning with Nick Nelson’s Sacrifice Fly scoring Finerty.
Elliott was also solid on the offensive side, as his sac fly brought home Daniel Fischer to start the second inning. The Tigers would score four more runs in the bottom of the second. Revelette tripled, and Finerty later brought him home with a sac fly.
J.D. Mundt brought home another run in the bottom of the 5th, as he scored from second. Dalton Dedas quickly brought home Nelson to make the score 8-0.
Elliott was consistent all night, and Central Hardin had no answer. 21 Bruins stepped up to the plate to face Elliott, and all 21 walked quickly back to the dugout in defeat.
The Tigers will play again Thursday night against hated rival Trinity at Louisville Slugger Field. 6 pm. Be there.
Story by Tanner Passafiume
The Tigers’ pitching got it done for them again. Coming off two very strong pitching performances at Lexington Catholic over the weekend, the Tigers trotted senior J.D. Mundt out to the mound against the Bullitt East Chargers for the home opener. The Tigers got another mercy rule victory, winning 12-0 in five innings. Mundt picked up right where Cam Revelette and Grant Wessling left off. He worked efficiently through the Chargers lineup, striking out two and allowing just two hits in five innings, on only 46 pitches. When asked about his performance Mundt said, “My goal was to get ahead, throw a lot of first pitch strikes, and I think I did a really good job with that.” Mundt was able to get ahead of ten of the sixteen batters he faced and this helped keep the Charger’s batters on edge.
The pitching was not the only story, however. The defense behind Mundt was as solid as it has been all year. In the Tigers’ first three games, the defense has been great. The defense behind this great pitching staff has not put any additional pressure on the starters, committing exactly zero errors on the season.
“I know they’re not going to make a mistake,” Mundt explained. “If they do, they’re not going to make another one.”
The defense in this game was highlighted by junior second baseman Casey Simon’s sliding catch out in right during the second inning and junior third baseman Daniel Fischer’s backhand pick and throw across the infield in the fifth.
Without hitting, however, a great pitching staff and solid defense are irrelevant. This season, the Tigers have made sure their pitching and defense do not go to waste. Over the first three games, St. X has produced 33 runs. The offense has come from all throughout the lineup, whether it be from the top of the order, with Adam Elliott hitting a two-run homerun in the first game, the middle of the order, in the form of Dalton Dedas’ three RBI’s in 3 at bats against Bishop Brossart, or the bottom of the order, with Avery Lane knocking in 4 runs in the first three games.
“I’m just letting the ball hit the bat, taking what the pitcher gives me, and just putting it in play somewhere,” said junior center fielder Adam Elliott, who went 2-4 against the Chargers.
Lane echoed this philosophy when he spoke about his three RBI double in the second inning.
“I was just trying to put anything in play,” Lane explained. “I made it work and took the ball to the right side.”
Many other hitters also contributed including Trent Revelette, who drove in 4 runs against the Chargers, bringing his season total to 8. But this is not a one or two player offense; eight different players drove in runs against Bullitt East. They could be celebrating their scorching start to the season, but they aren’t. They know how long the season is and aren’t letting anything get ahead of them.
“We’re just staying humble,” Lane said. “You can’t get too cocky. We’re just doing what we do best.”
With this attitude, performances like the one last night at Mueller Field will become commonplace. That, is something we could all get used to.
Go Tigers! We Are!