Hoppers Baseball: The Hoptown Hoppers won for the second time in as many nights as they downed Dubois County 9-3 Friday night at League Stadium.
Hoptown took a 3-1 lead after the first inning, then added a single run in the 2nd inning, two runs in the 6th and 7th innings and a single run in the 9th to get the win.
Seth Larue, Derek Ferch and Zac Carter each had three hits for the Hoppers, while Brad Sevenish and Brandon Powell chipped in two each. One night after getting the save against Fulton, Jake Bell went six innings allowing a run on four hits and striking out 5 to get the win, while Geordie Carlson went the last 3 innings to notch the save.
The Hoppers improved to 23-10 with the win and lead Fulton by 3 ½ games. The Railroaders kept pace with a 5-2 win over Owensboro. The Oilers and Madisonville are tied for fourth place six games back. The Pirates got a 19-4 win at Marion.
Tonight in the OVL: The Hoppers begin a two game home stand hosting Dubois County. It’s Emergency Services Night, where all emergency service employees with a badge or ID get in free. First pitch at Hopkinsville High’s Tiger Field is 7:05, with pre game coverage at 6:45 on News/Talk WHOP and online at whopam.com.
Other games have Madisonville hosting Marion and Owensboro welcomes Fulton.
Minor League Baseball: The Bowling Green Hot Rods concluded a series with Quad Cities with a 4-3 series sweep of the River Bandits Friday night. The Hot Rods open a three game Midwest League series at Cedar Rapids this evening.
The Nashville Sounds lost game two of their weekend series with Memphis 6-3. The teams play the third game this evening at Greer Stadium in Nashville.
Major League Baseball: The Cincinnati Reds defeated the Atlanta Braves 4-2 last night to even the series at one game each. Game three is this afternoon at Turner Field, with air time at 2:35 on News/Talk WHOP. Also last night, the St. Louis Cardinals got by the Chicago Cubs 3-2.
College Football: University of Kentucky running back Josh Clemons injured his Achilles tendon during a workout Friday. A UK spokesman did not know which Achillies was injured and says results of an MRI won’t likely be known until Monday. Clemons missed all of last season after having one of his knees surgically repaired.
Three players from Kentucky schools have been named to the watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award. Western Kentucky defensive back Jonathan Dowling, along with Louisville safeties Hakeem Smith and Calvin Pryor made the list. The Thorpe Award is given annually to the nation’s top defensive back.
College Basketball: ESPN reported Friday police found drugs in the vehicle of Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson during a traffic stop. Oxford, MS police chief Joey East confirmed when officers pulled Henderson over on May 4th, they smelled marijuana in the vehicle. Investigators say officers confiscated a baggie of marijuana and a K-9 dog found a small amount of cocaine.
Henderson was suspended from the team on Wednesday by Coach Andy Kennedy, but sources say he can return if he meets certain conditions. Henderson led Ole Miss to the SEC tournament championship last season and an NCAA tournament appearance.
Golf: Former Hopkinsville High and Rend Lake College golfer Dayton Jones qualified for the Kentucky Open with a five over par 77 Friday at Maywood Country Club. Jones was one of several local golfers who went to the qualifier, but was the only one who made the field.
The others who tried to qualify were Kyler Jones, Jonathan Grabara and Barry Payne. The Kentucky Open is scheduled for August 6-8 at The Club at Olde Stone in Bowling Green.
Franklin’s Kenny Perry fired a second round 73 Friday at the US Senior Open at Omaha Country Club. Perry’s two day total of 140 leaves him at even par and 10 shots behind leader Michael Allen who shot a seven under 63 Friday and has a two day total of 130. Allen leads Rocco Mediate by five strokes.
There’s a three way tie atop the leaderboard after two rounds of the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic. Defending champion Zach Johnson, along with Lucas Glover and Patrick Reed are at 12 under par, leading Matt Jones by one shot heading into today’s third round.