Baseball - Varsity


Saint Xavier High School

Varsity Baseball Team

Schedule

Athletics Event

Team Opponent Date Time Location Details Result Score Alerts
Baseball - Varsity vs.
Scrimmage, Central Hardin High School
Saint Xavier High School Details Subscribe to Alerts
Baseball - Varsity vs.
Scrimmage, Madison Central High School
Madison Central High School Details Subscribe to Alerts
Baseball - Varsity vs.
Butler High School
Butler High School Details Subscribe to Alerts
Baseball - Varsity vs.
South Oldham High School
South Oldham High School Details Subscribe to Alerts
Baseball - Varsity vs.
St. John Vianney (MO)
TBD
St. John Vianney (MO) Details Subscribe to Alerts
Baseball - Varsity vs.
St. John Vianney (MO)
TBD
St. John Vianney (MO) Details Subscribe to Alerts
Baseball - Varsity vs.
Tates Creek High School
Saint Xavier High School Details Subscribe to Alerts
Baseball - Varsity vs.
Homewood Flossmoor (IL)
Saint Xavier High School Details Subscribe to Alerts
Baseball - Varsity vs.
Brother Rice High School
Saint Xavier High School Details Subscribe to Alerts
Baseball - Varsity vs.
Homewood Flossmoor (IL)
Saint Xavier High School Details Subscribe to Alerts
Baseball - Varsity vs.
Brother Rice High School
Saint Xavier High School Details Subscribe to Alerts
Baseball - Varsity vs.
Cincinnati St. Xavier High School
Cincinnati St. Xavier High School Details Subscribe to Alerts
Baseball - Varsity vs.
Olentangy Berlin High School
Saint Xavier High School Details Subscribe to Alerts
Baseball - Varsity vs.
Brebeuf Jesuit Prep School
Saint Xavier High School Details Subscribe to Alerts
Baseball - Varsity vs.
Simon Kenton
Saint Xavier High School Details Subscribe to Alerts
Baseball - Varsity vs.
Eastern High School
Eastern High School Details Subscribe to Alerts
Baseball - Varsity vs.
DeSales High School
DeSales High School Details Subscribe to Alerts
Baseball - Varsity vs.
Noblesville High School
TBD
Noblesville High School Details Subscribe to Alerts
Baseball - Varsity vs.
Noblesville High School
TBD
Noblesville High School Details Subscribe to Alerts
Baseball - Varsity vs.
Jeffersonville High School
Saint Xavier High School View Recap Subscribe to Alerts
Baseball - Varsity vs.
Trinity High School
Trinity High School Details Subscribe to Alerts
Baseball - Varsity vs.
Ballard High School
Ballard High School Details Subscribe to Alerts
Baseball - Varsity vs.
Elder High School
Saint Xavier High School Details Subscribe to Alerts
Baseball - Varsity vs.
McCracken County
Saint Xavier High School Details Subscribe to Alerts
Baseball - Varsity vs.
Male High School
Saint Xavier High School Details Subscribe to Alerts
Baseball - Varsity vs.
Floyd Central High School
Floyd Central High School Details Subscribe to Alerts
Baseball - Varsity vs.
Henry Clay High School
Corbin High School Details Subscribe to Alerts
Baseball - Varsity vs.
Corbin High School
Corbin High School Details Subscribe to Alerts
Baseball - Varsity vs.
Madison Central High School
Saint Xavier High School View Recap Subscribe to Alerts
Baseball - Varsity vs.
Martha Layne Collins High School
Saint Xavier High School Details Subscribe to Alerts
Baseball - Varsity vs.
Oldham County High School
Oldham County Country Club Details Subscribe to Alerts
Baseball - Varsity vs.
Bullitt East High School
Saint Xavier High School Details Subscribe to Alerts
Baseball - Varsity vs.
Apollo High School
Apollo High School Details Subscribe to Alerts
Baseball - Varsity vs.
Bowling Green High School
Apollo High School Details Subscribe to Alerts
Baseball - Varsity vs.
Central Hardin High School
Central Hardin High School Details Subscribe to Alerts
Baseball - Varsity vs.
Pleasure Ridge Park High School
Saint Xavier High School View Recap Subscribe to Alerts
Baseball - Varsity vs.
North Bullitt High School
Saint Xavier High School Details Subscribe to Alerts
Baseball - Varsity vs.
Silver Creek High School (IN)
Saint Xavier High School Details Subscribe to Alerts
Baseball - Varsity vs.
Highlands
Saint Xavier High School Details Subscribe to Alerts
Baseball - Varsity vs.
North Oldham High School
Saint Xavier High School View Recap Subscribe to Alerts
Baseball - Varsity vs.
Senior Night, duPont Manual High School
Saint Xavier High School View Recap Subscribe to Alerts
Baseball - Varsity vs.
Christian Academy-Louisville
Saint Xavier High School Details Subscribe to Alerts
Baseball - Varsity
District Tournament
TBD
Male High School Details Subscribe to Alerts
Baseball - Varsity
Regional Tournament
TBD
Details Subscribe to Alerts
Baseball - Varsity
Regional Final
TBD
University of Louisville Jim Patterson Stadium Details Subscribe to Alerts
Baseball - Varsity
Semi-State vs. 6th Region
TBD
Details Subscribe to Alerts
Baseball - Varsity
State Tournament
TBD
Details Subscribe to Alerts

Roster

Athletics Roster


Coach Info


Head Coach Andy Porta '85

A 1985 graduate from Saint Xavier High School where he played 4 years of baseball and basketball. He earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Murray State University.

2018-2019 marks his 27th year teaching Mathematics at Saint Xavier High School. Over the years, Coach Porta has been an Assistant Basketball coach (16 years), Assistant Baseball coach (5 years), and an Assistant Principal (3 years).

2019 will be his 8th year as Head Coach and his previous teams have a combined record of 217 – 63. In seven seasons, his teams have a combined record in Region and State games (elimination games) of 33 – 4. In 2014, the Tigers won their 6th State Championship and Andy was named “Coach of the Year” by the Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association.

In 2016, the Tigers won their 7th State Championship which is the most of any school in the state and Andy was named “Kentucky Baseball Coach of the Year” by the KHSBCA and USA Today High School Sports. Also in 2016, the National High School Baseball Coaches Association named Coach Porta “Region 4 (IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, WI) Coach of the Year”. This honor is given to only 8 coaches nationally.

Last year the Tigers won their 8th State Championship and Coach Porta was named “Kentucky Baseball Coach of the Year” by the National Federation of State High School Associations and also by the KHSBCA for a 3rd time.

This spring, Coach Porta has been named one of only 8 “Finalist” for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association National Coach of the Year Award for 2019.

Andy and his wife Cherylyn have 2 sons Sam and Zeke..

Assistant Coach Damon Amlung '03

Coach Amlung is a 2003 graduate from Saint Xavier High School where he played four years of baseball, earning All-District and 7th Region All-Star honors as a third baseman. He enters his 16th year of coaching high school baseball in Kentucky and his 13th year coaching for the Tigers. He attended the University of Louisville’s JB Speed School of Engineering where he earned a master's degree in civil engineering. Damon is currently employed with the US Army Corps of Engineers. He and his wife Kim are the proud parents of three children.

Assistant Coach Ben Cottrell

Ben Cottrell enters his thirteenth year as a teacher in the math department and a coach in the St. X baseball program. Ben is a 2001 graduate of Central Hardin High School where he played five years of varsity basketball and baseball (beginning in the eighth grade). After high school, he continued his baseball playing career as a pitcher for Bellarmine University, where he earned a degree in secondary education and mathematics. Ben also holds a master’s degree and a Rank 1 in secondary education from Indiana University Southeast. Coach Cottrell was awarded the “Joe Maupin Sr. ’49 Outstanding Teacher Coach Award” in 2012 and the Saint Xavier Assistant Coach of the Year award in 2015. He was also named 7th Region Baseball Assistant Coach of the Year in 2014. Ben and his wife, Amy, have one daughter, Baylee.


Assistant Coach - Vince Dotta

Vince Dotta is entering his second year 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 Barry Wilkerson '80

Barry Wilkerson is a 1980 graduate from Saint Xavier High School where he played 4 years of baseball and soccer. Coach Wilkerson earned All-Region honors as a baseball player and All-State honors as a goalie for the Saint Xavier soccer team. He attended the University of Louisville where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Police Administration. Coach Wilkerson has coached high school baseball 20 years, 19 of those with the Tigers. He received the Assistant Coach of the Year for the 7th Region in 2016. Coach Wilkerson is in his 29th year of law enforcement and is currently the Chief of Police for the St. Matthews Police Department. He is married to his wife, Holly, and has 3 daughters and 3 grandchildren.




Coaches (L-R): Damon Amlung, Barry Wilkerson, Ben Cottrell, Joe Patzelt, Albo Linkenberg, Vince Dotta, Chris Allen, Head Coach Andy Porta

Fast Facts

Baseball Through the Years

  • In 1909 Coach Martin Musselman led Saint Xavier’s first team onto the field.
  • James Hagan ’10 threw the first no-hitter in Tiger baseball history in 1910, a 3-1 victory over New Albany.
  • Charles O’Laughlin ’15 hit two grand slam home runs in the same game 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 nonsanctioned 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 a 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 ’43earned all three pitching victories as the Tigers captured their first KHSAA baseball title. Joe Mannel ’43hit .539 for the season.
  • Eddie Martin took over as coach from Brother Firmin in 1945, and the Tigers earned another KHSAA crown. Ed Kinberger ’45 hit .667, leading the Tiger hitters at the state tournament. George Silliman ’47, Leo Meyer ’45, and Skip Baas ’46 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 the Tigers defeated Ashland in the first round, Jim McIntyre ’49 pitched a masterful no-hitter to carry them to the final game. Bob Haner ’49 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 10-year span. The semifinal matchup with Madisonville was a 5-4 10-inning thriller.
  • Frank Doninger ’69 fired consecutive no-hitters for Coach Leon Dunagan’s ’53 squad in 1969.
  • The Tigers made back-to-back runs at the state title in 1972 and 1973. They completed the two seasons with a combined record of 57-6 under the direction of Coach Bill Glaser ’69. The ’72 squad finished 29-2 and advanced to the semifinal game, while the ’73 team was 28-4 after a frustrating 5-4 loss to Henry Clay in the championship game that began in a steady rain.
  • Coach Al Burke ’68 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 incredible 11 shutouts among their wins, including four of their eight post-season games. Future Major League pitcher Jack Savage ’82 earned the victory in the final game.
  • Coach Butler’s Tigers reached the 1986 final four and were led by St. X Hall of Famer Billy White ’86.
  • The 30-win season in 1988 was a first for the Tiger Baseball team. The Tigers, 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 MLBâAll-Star Paul Byrd ’88 and St. X Hall of Famer Tab Brown ’89.
  • A new standard was established as the Tigers captured the 1993 regional title and won a record of 32 games.
  • Future Major Leaguer Chris Burke ’98 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 Tiger Baseball. The Tigers defeated Meade County 10-0 in the first game played in the new facility.
  • Ian Tompkins ’11 fired a no-hitter against Trinity in 2010 as the Tigers defeated the Rocks in their annual showdown at Slugger Field.
  • In Coach John Jefferson’s ’85 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 ’85 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 7thRegion crown and established a new record for wins in a season at 34.
  • In 2014 the Tigers 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 tournament, Andrew McCormick ’15 led the 2014 Tigers to Saint Xavier’s sixth Baseball State Championship and earned the Most Valuable Player Award.
  • The 2016 team complied a 29-12 record and won the tough 7th Region championship to advance to the state tournament. Led by seniors Adam Elliott, Daniel Fischer, 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 Fisher ’16 and Adam Elliott ’16. Elliott was named tournament Most Valuable Player. Head Coach Andy Porta was named Kentucky Baseball Coach of the Year by USA Today High School Sports.
  • In 2018 the Tiger Baseball program spent most of the year ranked number one in the state. It ended the season with a program-best 37-2 record and its third state title in the past five years. Ryan Nicholson ’19 was named the state tournament Most Valuable Player. St. X fared well in a variety of 2018 National Baseball Rankings. The Tigers finished 3rd in the Max Preps Composite ranking and 10thin the Baseball America ranking.