It wasn’t supposed to be that close or that exciting, but what matters is that the Tigers are on to the next round.
The Tigers defeated the CAL Centurions 4-3 in walk off fashion at Jim Patterson Stadium. It was a game that saw a CAL team, who many expected to be simply another stepping stone en route to the state tournament, play extremely well. This game was close not because the Tigers underperformed but because the Centurions played out of their minds.
The Tigers started U of L commit JD Mundt, who worked through 5 innings allowing just three runs. Mundt did not have his best stuff, but he was able to battle and keep the Tigers close throughout the game. The defense helped JD out with two beautiful double plays including a 3-6-3 double play that was started by Josh Finerty to end the top of the third and a 9-3 double play that was started by Aaron Grammer’s sliding catch.
The Tigers were able to grind out 4 runs. Adam Elliott was responsible for 2 of them as he had an RBI double and scored the game winning run. Brandon Blaser and Nick Nelson also had RBIs in the victory over the Centurions.
The game was a well-played game from both teams that featured a heavy dose of small ball and some great pitching. The CAL pitcher threw the entire game and was magnificent and Cam Revelette worked his way through two innings of relief that kept the Tigers in position to win the game in their final at-bat.
When Finerty hit the ball to the shortstop, base runner Adam Elliott was booking it to third and when he saw that the ball had skipped over the CAL first baseman, and MLB draft prospect, Riley Thompson’s glove he sprinted as hard as he could towards home. When Elliott crossed the plate, the Tigers punched their ticket to their fifth straight regional championship game.
The Tigers will continue their pursuit of a second straight state championship against Ballard at 6:00 PM tonight at PRP.
Go Tigers! We Are!
Thursday, May 28th | 7:15 PM | Jim Patterson Stadium | Louisville, KY
St. Xavier Tigers (28-9) vs. Christian Academy of Louisville (19-13)
Thursday, May 28th
Varsity Game – 7:15 PM
7th Region Tournament Semifinals
Jim Patterson Stadium
Tiger Baseball meets CAL again for the second time this season in the last meeting was 17 days ago, so the Centurions are fresh in the minds of the Tigers. It was Senior Night at Mueller Field when the Tigers beat CAL 4-1 to send the Tigers off with one final regular season win on their home turf.
Former Tiger Baseball Coach John Jefferson took to Twitter yesterday to warn the Tigers to not take CAL lightly. Coach J was a fantastic coach, but he claims that 7 years ago when CAL upset St. X in the 7th Region Tournament was the worst day of his baseball life. The Centurions kept one of the best teams that St. X had ever put together from making it to the state tournament in 2008 and he doesn’t want to see the same thing happen again this year.
That being said, the Tigers match up well with CAL and are the favorite entering the matchup. It will take some type of special performance from the Centurions who are without their ace to take down the defending state champions.
Tiger Lacrosse defeated Christian Academy 17-3 in the KY Lacrosse State Semifinals last night. Before we get a full recap from Chris Raymond, here are the Roshkowski brothers and Nick King plus J.C. Storner with their thoughts on the team’s performance.
Trinity defeated KCD 14-3, so St. Xavier will face Trinity in the State Championship of the KY Lacrosse State Tournament tonight at 7:00 PM at Br. Thomas More Stadium.
Wednesday, May 15 | 8:00 PM | Br. Thomas More Stadium (6,000) | Louisville, KY
No. 1 St. Xavier Tigers (15-3) vs. No. 6 Christian Academy of Louisville Centurions (8-4)
Wednesday, May 15th
Varsity Game – 8:00 PM
Kentucky Lacrosse State Tournament Semifinals
St. Xavier defeated Ballard on Monday 18-1 to advance the team into tonight’s Semifinal match-up with Christian Academy. The Tigers faced CAL on March 18th on the road earlier this season which resulted in a victory by the score of 14-2.
St. X faced an important in-state challenge Tuesday as the JV and Varsity teams traveled to Christian Academy to play against a highly touted team. The Tigers were coming in off of a recent win against Cathedral and hoped to continue their winning streak as they met CAL, who was trying to extend an undefeated start to their season.
The JV game started out as a tight, defensive battle. The teams finished the first quarter tied 1-1, and each team added only one more goal by halftime, making the score 2-2. As the second half started, the Tigers began to heat up. Freshman Joey Mackin and Sophomore John Mueller led the attack by contributing six of the seven total St. X goals in the game. Freshman Hudson Hill and Sophomore Weston Lockhart shut down any shot attempts by CAL, eventually allowing only 3 goals to a strong Centurian offense. The Tigers came out with the 7-3 victory over CAL, improving their record to 4-1 on the season.
St. X’s varsity came into the game sporting their new black uniforms in hopes of beating a strong Christian Academy team. The Tigers came out ready to fight as they started off the first quarter scoring five goals and only allowing one. Will Edwards, Leland Gray, Collin Roppel, and Raike Thornewill continued their offensive dominance through the end of the half, making the score 7-1. St. X thoroughly controlled the ball during the rest of the game, hardly allowing Christian Academy to clear it out of their defensive end. By the time the final horn sounded, the Tigers had given themselves a 14-2 lead. The Varsity Lacrosse team improved to 4-1 on the season, which will more than likely boost them into a top spot in the state standings. Keep in mind that CAL defeated Trinity 10-9 already this season.
The Varsity team will be back at it this Saturday, March 22, as they take on Libertyville High School from Chicago at Brother Thomas Moore Stadium. JV does not play until next Wednesday, March 26, when all three teams (Green Team, JV, Varsity) take on Ballard.
Tuesday, March 18 | 7:00 PM | Louisville, KY
St. Xavier Tigers (3-1) at Christian Academy of Louisville Centurions (3-0)
Tuesday, March 18th
Varsity Game – 7:00 PM
JV Game – 5:30 PM
CAL is ranked No. 4 in the state and has defeated Kentucky Country Day, Trinity and Manual this season so far. St. Xavier defeated CAL last season 14-4 to open the season on March 7, 2013. That was the two teams’ only meeting of the season.
Last Game: Win over Cathedral High School (Indianapolis, IN) 14-13