Baseball - Freshman
Saint Xavier High School Freshman Baseball Team
Head Coach - Nate Stemle '13
The 2021 season will be Nate’s third year as a teacher and baseball coach at Saint Xavier. Nate is a 2013 graduate of St. X and played baseball for four years. He then went on to play at the collegiate level at Kentucky Wesleyan College where he graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in English. Nate spent two years at Apollo High School in Owensboro, KY and taught English and coached baseball and golf. He currently teaches English and journalism.
Assistant Coach - Vince Dotta
Vince Dotta is entering his third season as a member of the Saint Xavier baseball staff. He has been a high school pitching coach since 2000, at Valencia High School (CA) from 2000-2007 and at Louisville Male from 2008-2016. At Valencia he helped the Vikings to five Foothill Championships and two trips to the CIF semi finals. While at Male he assisted the team to four District titles and one trip to the KHSAA final four in 2010. Vince and his wife Nancy are the proud parents of four, Alexis, Melanie, Adrianna, and Anthony, and enjoy visiting major league ball parks in their spare time, as long as the Angels are playing.
Assistant Coach - Albo Linkenberg '05
The 2021 season will be Albo Linkenberg’s 9th season on the coaching staff. Albo is a 2005 graduate of St. X where he played 4 years of baseball. His career varsity batting average was .425. He was a preferred walk-on at Western Kentucky University for 2 years. Albo is an inside sales representative for Cardinal Shower Enclosures in Louisville, KY. He is married to Jordan Linkenberg of Louisville, KY.
Assistant Coach Marc Hellmueller '13
The 2021 season will be Marc Hellmueller’s 3rd season on the Saint Xavier coaching staff. Marc is a 2013 graduate of St. X where he played 4 years of baseball with two trips to the State Tournament. Marc attended Western Kentucky University for his bachelor’s degree and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. Marc is an attorney at Alex R. White, PLLC in Louisville, KY, and is happily engaged to Lexie Ratterman.
Baseball Through the Years
- In 1909, Coach Martin Musselman led Saint Xavier's first team onto the field
- Senior James Hagan threw the first no-hitter in Tiger baseball history in 1910, a 3-1 victory over New Albany
- Charles O'Laughlin hit two grand slams in the same game during his senior season in 1915.
- Saint Xavier's home-game season passes sold for $1 in 1922, and the team won 20 games on the way to the city championship and a first non-sanctioned state title.
- In 1937, the Tigers won another title and finished the season a single loss away from perfection.
- The KHSAA sanctioned its first baseball state championship in 1940.
- A furious 7th-inning rally carried the Tigers to victory over the Male Bulldogs and earned them a trip to Lexington for the 1942 KHSAA state tournament. At the state tournament, "Fireman" Jack Barrett earned all three pitching victories as the Tigers captured its first KHSAA baseball title. Joe Mannel hit .539 for the season
- Eddie Martin took over as coach from Brother Firmin in 1945, and the Tigers earned another KHSAA crown. Ed Kinberger hit .667, leading the St. X hitters at the tournament. George Silliman, Leo Meyer, and Skip Baas each earned victories on the mound.
- Coach "Red" Hagan and his surprising Tigers captured the 1949 regional crown, advancing to Parkway Field for the state tournament. After St. X defeated Ashland in the first round, Jim McIntyre pitched a masterful no-hitter to carry them to the final game. Bob Haner blasted a long home run in the title game, and the Tigers defeated Madisonville to win the KHSAA championship for the third time in eight years.
- The Tigers knocked off Manual in the 1951 regional final to advance to the state tournament. When they beat Mayfield, Madisonville, and St. Joe in succession, they won their fourth championship in a ten-year span. The semifinal matchup with Madisonville was a 5-4, 10-inning thriller.
- Frank Donninger fired consecutive no-hitters for Coach Leon Dunagan's squad in 1969.
- The Tigers made back-to-back runs at the state title in 1972 and 1973. They completed two seasons with a combined record of 57-6 under the direction of Coach Bill Glaser. The '72 squad finished 29-2 and advanced to the semifinal game, while the '73 team was 28-4 after a frustrating loss in a championship game that began in a steady rain.
- Coach Al Burke led the Tigers to consecutive regional titles in 1975 and 1976.
- The first state title in 30 years was earned by outstanding pitching, solid defense, timely hitting, and great base running in 1981. The Tigers of Coach Dave Butler counted an an incredible 11 shutouts among their wins, including four of their eight post-season games. Future Major League pitcher Jack Savage earned the victory in the final game.
- Coach Butler's Tigers reached the 1986 final four and were led by St. X Hall of Fame member Billy White.
- The 30-win season in 1988 was a first for the Tiger Baseball team. St. X, under the direction of Coach Joe White, reached the final four for the second time in three seasons with a pitching staff that included future MLB All-Star Paul Byrd and St. X Hall of Fame member Tab Brown.
- A new standard was established as the Tigers captured the 1993 regional title and won a record 32 games.
- Future Major Leaguer Chris Burke completed a stellar high school career in 1998, and the Tigers went 33-2, earning the state's top ranking before a tough loss in the regional tournament ended their championship dream.
- The 2006 Tigers won 16 of their final 18 games on their way to the KHSAA semifinals in what would be Coach Joe White's final season at the helm of the program.
- In 2007 Project X brought the opening of Carl '45 and Rosemary Mueller Field, the new home of Tiger Baseball. St. X defeated Meade County 10-0 in the first game played in the new facility.
- Ian Tompkins fired a no-hitter against Trinity in 2010 as the Tigers defeated Trinity in their annual showdown at Slugger Field.
- In Coach John Jefferson's final season, the Tigers advanced to the 2011 final four in Lexington. Matt Spalding '11 was drafted by the Boston Red Sox.
- In 2012, Coach Andy Porta and the Tigers won 30 games and advanced to the state tournament for the second consecutive season. The pitching staff matched the 1981 squad by tossing 11 shutouts.
- Austin Clemons '14 led the 2013 Tigers with a .510 batting average as they advanced to the state tournament by winning their third consecutive 7th Region crown and established a new record for wins in a season at 34.
- in 2014, St. X compiled a 30-10 record, won the 7th Region for the fourth straight year, and returned to Whitaker Bank Park for another shot at a state championship. In the touranement, Andrew McCormick '15 led the 2014 squad to St. X's sixth Baseball State Championship and earned the Most Valuable Player Award.
- The 2016 team compiled a 29-12 record and won the tough 7th Region championship to advance to the state tournament. Led by seniors Adam Elliot, Daniel Fisher, Dalton Dedas, Nick Nelson, Brian O'Neil and Sam Porta, the Tigers captured their second state championship in three years and seventh overall - the most in Kentucky history.
- Connor Holden '17 pitched a three-hit shutout in the 2016 championship game and was named to the All-Tournament team with Daniel Fischer and Adam Elliot. Additionally, Elliot was named tournament MVP. Head Coach Andy Porta was named Kentucky Baseball Coach of the Year by USA Today High School Sports.