April 12th, 2018

Tigers run past Shamrocks

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Conor Revell

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Tigers run past Shamrocks
St. X's Evan Burnett throws a pitch / photo by Conor Revell

St. Xavier’s baseball team took advantage of two Trinity fielding mistakes and use it to blow open a tie ball game.

The Tigers scored four runs in the fourth inning and cruised to a 6-2 victory over the Shamrocks at the University of Louisville’s Jim Patterson Stadium Thursday night.

“I think Trey Sweeney’s triple was the biggest play of the game,” St. X head coach Andy Porta said. “That was a huge momentum swing. Up to that point we didn’t have good at-bats, our approach wasn’t very good. Trinity, to their credit, was kind of knocking on the door for a couple of innings and we weren’t doing squat and then all of a sudden Sweeney ripped one down the line and the floodgates opened that inning.”

St. X has won two of the last three in the series, but Trinity won their last matchup in the 2017 Seventh Region championship game.

“We missed some pitches that we shouldn’t have,” Trinity head coach Rick Arnold said. “We just didn’t play well offensively or defensively. From the first pitch of the game to the last pitch of the game we didn’t play well. Offensively, we didn’t execute, defensively we weren’t mentally strong.”

The Tigers big fourth inning started in the top half with a Trey Sweeney triple, Ryan Nicholson hit a fly ball to right field and Doug Stough dropped it. Sweeney scored to make it 1-0 and Nicholson ended up at third. Aric Lyons doubled home Nicholson to make it 2-0 with two outs.

“My mind was on getting base hit to get things started, that’s what we needed,” Sweeney said. “I knew he was going to throw me a curveball, he had been doing that all game. They came and scouted us and saw me strike out on three curveballs. They hung one inside and I ripped it down the line.”

Andrew Littlefield singled in Lyons to make it 3-0 and ended up on third as center fielder Noah Baugher bobbled the ball and it rolled to the wall.

Bryce Elmore made it 4-0 with a two-out RBI double that scored Littlefield.

“We absolutely should have only allowed one run that inning,” Arnold said. “We had a mental breakdown, we had a physical breakdown. It led to them getting a four-spot and you can’t do that to a great team when it should be one. We will get better but you can’t have that happen under the lights. It’s big time baseball here, we didn’t play big time baseball.”

Starter Nick Parrish was taken out after pitching 3 & 2/3 innings and allowed four run, two earned, struck out three, and walked two.

The Rocks (7-5) scored their first run in the sixth when Daylen Lile singled, stole second, and advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Chase Patton, and scored on Dylan Byerly’s sacrifice fly.

Matt Ramser’s RBI single in the bottom of the seventh determined the final score.

Cam Scheler iced the game for St. X (10-0) with a two-run bomb over the left-center field fence in the top of the seventh.

“I was struggling earlier in the game and hadn’t been seeing it too well,” Scheler said. “I tried to stick with my approach and get a good pitch to hit. He threw me a fastball and I just put a good swing on it.”

Evan Burnett started on the hill for the Tigers and tossed five shutout innings, allowed two hits, struck out four, and walked three.

“We decided to go with a lot of fastballs early and get through their lineup,” Burnett said. “Then we started mixing in curveballs and sliders towards the second half of the lineup and that really kept them off balance and got a lot of ground balls and pop flies.”

Despite throwing a shutout, Porta decided to take Burnett out and Littlefield threw the final two innings and allowed two runs and five hits.

“Evan was competing,” Porta said. “His pitches were not good in the bullpen, his pitches were not good out in the field. The second inning was good. He didn’t have any stuff at all. He was having trouble locating his fastball and offspeed pitch. I’m so proud of him for competing. Sometimes when a teenage kid doesn’t have their best stuff, they throw their hands up and give up. It was a struggle the whole game. I’m so proud of him.” .

Nick Carroll replaced Parrish and allowed two runs, two hits, struck out two, walked one, and plunked one in 3 & 1/3 innings.

Elmore, Littlefield, Lyons, Scheler, Nicholson, and Sweeney each had a hit for St. X.

A.J. Arnold, Hunter David, Lile, Max Medley, Ben Metzinger, Matt Ramser, and Stough had one hit apiece for Trinity.

“Don’t let me sell this game short,” Rick Arnold said. “St. X is an important game, it’s the reason we come to Patterson. It’s a lot of fun, but not as much fun when we lose. What we take from this is we’re not ready for primetime. But, we lost to them in the regular season last year and then won the region against them. But, this is a totally different team. If we don’t fix our mistakes, we won’t have that oppurtunity in June, if we do, we hope to earn that oppurtunity.”

 

 

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