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2017 Winter Signing Day

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1st Row: Austin Cook (Campbellsville), Zac Collins (Purdue), Desmond Ridder (Cincinatti), Braidon Washburn (Lindsey Wilson). 2nd Row: Dallas Miles (Mount Union), Sam McDonogh (Morehead State), Blake Roshkowski (Bellarmine), and Curry Stevens (Tiffin)

Today was a big day for eight Tiger athletes, as they signed their Letters of Intent to enroll in their respective colleges and play at the next level. Congrats to the following athletes!

Austin Cook – Campbellsville: Cook has been a four year varsity team member and has contributed to the team every year. He currently wrestles in the 120 pound weight class.

Zac Collins – Purdue:Collins will be continuing the tradition of St.X punters going on to play with a D1 program. Following in the footsteps of his older brother Jake (WKU) and Mason King (Louisville), Zac was a very valuable member to the Tiger Football team this year. He earned numerous accolades including All-District and All-State Honors.

Desmond Ridder – Cincinatti: The Tiger Quarterback has been the offensive focal point for the team since he took over the reigns his junior year. Over his career, he has accounted for 3,142 total yards and 39 touchdowns.

Braidon Washburn – Lindsey Wilson: Washburn started at Outside Linebacker and was a centerpiece of the Tiger Defense this season. He led the team in forced fumbles and total tackles.

Dallas Miles – Mount Union: Dallas has been a member of the varsity wrestling team since his freshman year and has been a valuable member over the course of his career. He currently wrestles in the 152 pound weight class and is ranked #5 in Kentucky.

Sam McDonogh – Morehead State: Although McDonogh did not get to play his senior season due to injury, McDonogh will sign on to kick at Morehead State. As a junior, he was named to the All-District team and was one of the most consistent kickers in the Louisville Area.

Blake Roshkowski – Bellarmine: Blake has been a valuable member to the football and lacrosse teams since his sophomore year. Roshkowski committed to play D1 Lacrosse with his brother Will during his junior year. However, he wasn’t able to suit up his junior lacrosse season due to an ACL tear, and had the same injury during this past football season. However, in the time that Roshkowski has been able to play, he was one of, if not THE best midfielders in Kentucky. He was named to 1st Team All State as a sophomore.

Curry Stevens – Tiffin: Stevens has been a member of the Varsity Soccer team since his junior season. He primarily played outside back for the Tiger Soccer team.

Chase and Zac Collins Accomplish Special Feat

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Chase pitches to Zac earlier this season | Photo by Jim Collins

So we all know throwing a no-hitter in baseball is pretty impressive, right? Well, on Tuesday night, the Freshman Baseball Team defeated DeSales 11-0, and pitcher Chase Collins secured a no-hitter; however, this no-no came with a special twist as well.

The catcher for the Tigers last night was Zac Collins, who just happens to be Chase’s twin brother; a brother threw to his brother to achieve the no-hitter.

Neither Chase nor Zac realized what was going on until the latter moments of the game.  After recording the final out, Chase said, “I started walking to the dugout ready to play another inning and then realized the game was over.”  Zac explained, “As the game was going on, I didn’t think too much about [Chase’s] performance, only because I have gotten used to catching him.  I realized that he was throwing a no-hitter when when I looked on the scoreboard in the final inning.”

As the game got closer and closer to the final play, Chase mentioned that the pressure that would be normally be building for pitchers at this point was almost nonexistent.

“I felt great.  I knew the defense had my back and I just kept throwing strikes.  The nerves didn’t really kick in until the final two batters.”

The defense did indeed have Chase’s back throughout the game, as the Colts had several opportunities to break up the no-no smothered by Tiger gloves.  The top web-gem of the night went to second baseman Ryan Davis, who made a dazzling diving-stop on a line drive straight up the middle.

As for having his twin brother on the receiving end of every pitch he threw, Chase felt pretty good about his chances throughout the game.

“I was pretty comfortable; I knew he would pick me up if I made a mistake.  I wouldn’t want it any other way.  It’s the best feeling in the world.”

Zac was equally elated to be involved with his brother’s performance.

“It feels great to be a part of such a great accomplishment in his baseball career.  I was excited and proud of him and just wanted to help him finish the game strong.”

Zac brought up the fact that Chase’s effort will definitely help the team moving forward.

“I think Chase’s performance will set a great example for our pitchers that if they throw strikes, our defense will take care of the rest.”

Of all the no-hitters thrown this year in high school, college, or the Bigs, we here at WSTX Sports are pretty certain that this was the first no-no that feature twin brothers getting the job done.  Congratulations Chase and Zac from everyone on the WSTX Sports Team!

The freshman Tigers are back in action this Thursday, taking on Male on the road.  First pitch is set for 5:00 p.m., followed by Varsity action at 6:00 and JV action at 7:30.