May 7th, 2013

St. Xavier Notes

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St. Xavier Notes
St. Xavier senior Hunter Daniel gets a block on senior night vs. Trinity / photo by Conor Revell

By Mitchell Forde - St. Xavier High School - The writer is a member of the Billy Reed Sports Journalism Academy, sponsored by Catholic Sports Network. Each correspondent will write a weekly notes column about his or her school, in addition to submitting photos, game stories, and features as requested.

Baseball: The baseball team improved its record to 24-3 this week by going 3-1 in four games against highly-ranked competition. First, the team defeated Ballard 10-2 last Wednesday, April 31. Senior Jack Cleary pitched an impressive game, not allowing a run after the first inning. On Thursday, the Tigers dominated No. 4-ranked PRP, 12-0, in a game that was called after five innings because of the mercy rule. Senior Sam Melchior threw a one-hitter as he avenged his only loss as a starting pitcher last season at the hands of the Panthers.

On Friday, the team had its five-game winning streak snapped by the number-one ranked team in the state, Central Hardin. Playing its third game in three days, St. X was barely outdone in a 1-0 pitching duel decided in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Tigers and Central Hardin are certainly shaping up to be the teams to beat in the state title hunt this year, and if this game was any indication, expect another thriller if the two teams meet again in the state tournament in Lexington. The Tigers bounced back from the loss with a thrilling victory over Eastern on Monday, May 6. With the team behind 5-3 in the fifth inning, senior Nate Stemle drove in two runs with a single. Then, in the bottom of the sixth, a Stemle ground ball scored senior Austin Gahafer to give the Tigers a 6-5 walkoff victory.

This week, the baseball team will face Southern High School on Tuesday as well as perennial power and No. 8-ranked Lexington Catholic on Wednesday. Then, the team will travel to the Bullitt East Tournament on Friday to play No. 14 Bullitt East and Saturday they will face Butler and Trinity.

Track and Field: Five of the distance runners on the track and field team wrapped up their regular season on Friday, May 3 in the annual Dream Mile. The race invites the 16 fastest mile runners in the state, and Thomas Cave, William Mulloy, Nick Reader, Connor Sheryak and Max Mudd did not disappoint as they finished in fourth through eighth place, respectively. With the rest of the team having already finished their season the previous weekend in the Eastern Relays, the track team’s next contest is the regional championship on Friday, May 10. Here, the Tigers will attempt to qualify participants for the state championship, which will be held on Saturday, May 18. The team looks well-positioned to make a run at its first state championship since 2003.

Lacrosse: The Tiger lacrosse team enjoyed a week free of competition this week as it prepares for the postseason. Their next game will be Thursday, May 9 against either Male or Collegiate in the district final. From there, it will proceed to state tournament play, which begins next Monday, May 13. The Tigers will have to win two games in the state tournament in order to advance to the state final on Friday, May 17, where they would compete for a sixth consecutive state championship.

Tennis: The tennis team ended its regular season in the same dominant form it has maintained all season by defeating archrival Trinity for the third time this season on Thursday, May 2. Parker Thieneman and Liam Friel were victorious in their singles’ matches and the doubles teams of Sean Donohue/Zach Kuo and Coleman Cox/Nick Waldeck were also victorious. The team finished regular season play with an astounding record of 23-2. Postseason play began on Monday night at the regional tournament, which is currently ongoing. The Tigers will compete for their fifth straight state championship on Thursday and Friday, May 16-17.

Rugby: The rugby team was originally scheduled to compete in the state championship game this Sunday, May 5, but due to inclement weather, it has been rescheduled to next Saturday, May 11. That is when the Tigers will face off with Trinity, whom they already defeated once this season by a score of 43-3, at Seneca Park.

Volleyball: Despite losing to Trinity in the state championship final, the volleyball team’s season was not over. They avenged the loss by defeating Trinity for the second time this season on Tuesday, May 30, 3 sets to 2. The team wraps up its season this Saturday, May 11 against Carmel High School of Indiana.

As always, visit the WSTX Sports and Xavier News Online websites to learn more about Tiger sports.


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