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Baseball - Varsity
Saint Xavier High School
Varsity Baseball Team
Head Coach Andy Porta '85
A 1985 graduate from Saint Xavier High School where he played four years of baseball and basketball. He earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Murray State University.
2019-2020 marks his 28th 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).
2020 will be his 9th year as Head Coach and his previous teams have a combined record of 245 – 70. In eight seasons, his teams have a combined record in Region and State games (elimination games) of 35 – 5. 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.
In 2018, 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.
In 2019, Coach Porta was 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 Ben Cottrell
Ben Cottrell enters his fourteenth year as a teacher in the math department and a coach in the St. Xavier 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 and a master’s degree in professional school counseling from the University of the Cumberlands. 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 has one daughter, Baylee.
Assistant Coach Joe Patzelt
The 2020 season marks Joe Patzelt’s fourth year on the Tiger baseball coaching staff. After three seasons as head coach of the JV and Freshman teams, Joe will now oversee the hitting and fielding at the varsity level. Joe received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Bellarmine University where he also played infield for the Knights from 2013-2016. He was a member of the 2013 GLVC Championship team and made the Academic All-GLVC team all four years. Joe is a native of Norridge, IL and attended Fenwick High School (Oak Park). Joe currently teaches Mathematics at Saint Xavier.
Assistant Coach Marc Hellmueller
The 2020 season will be Marc Hellmueller’s 2nd season on the Saint X coaching staff and first at the Varsity level. 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 is finishing up his time at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law for his juris doctorate. Marc is a law clerk at Alex R. White, PLLC in Louisville, KY. He is engaged to Lexie Ratterman of Louisville, KY.
Coaches (L-R): Damon Amlung, Barry Wilkerson, Ben Cottrell, Joe Patzelt, Albo Linkenberg, Vince Dotta, Chris Allen, Head Coach Andy Porta
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.