Hoppers Baseball: The magic number for the Hoptown Hoppers to clinch the Ohio Valley League regular season championship is down to three. The Hoppers won over Marion 11-2 last night at Tiger Field.
Cole Isom threw seven innings of two run-four hit baseball along with 12 strikeouts to get the pitching win. Marion led the game 2-1 until the Hoppers scored 10 runs in a four inning stretch from the 5th-8th innings. The Hoppers have now won 7 games in a row in improving to 28-10. The 28 wins match last year’s regular season total when the Hoppers went 28-12 during the regular season.
Just after the Hoppers game concluded, they got help from the Madisonville-Tradewater Pirates who ended Fulton’s four game win streak with a 5-1 10 inning victory. Also last night, Dubois County ended a five game losing streak with a 5-0 win over Owensboro.
The league standings have Hoptown with a 5 game lead over Fulton, Madisonville is in third 6 ½ back, Owensboro and Dubois County are 10 ½ back, with Marion in last place.
Tonight in the OVL: Hoptown travels to Marion, Madisonville hosts Fulton and Owensboro welcomes Dubois County.
College Football: Kentucky coach Mark Stoops was among the coaches appearing at SEC Media Days Wednesday in Hoover, AL. Stoops said he thinks Kentucky fans are starving for the opportunity to celebrate and support a good football team.
Also speaking to the media for the first time since his weekend departure from the Manning Passing Academy was Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. The Heisman Trophy winner left the Manning Academy last weekend after missing practice sessions and meetings. He claimed he overslept, while some internet reports indicated he was sent home by Archie Manning because of excessive partying.
Manziel said there were social events every evening, but said he did not miss meetings because of partying. Manziel added there were no hard feelings with the Mannings and has already been invited back to the academy next year.
Also speaking to the SEC media Wednesday was new Tennessee coach Butch Jones. Jones talked about building the Tennessee program brick by brick and said the Vols have to make strides to get back to the league’s top tier.
Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has been named to the Davey O’ Brien Award watch list. The senior signal caller led the Cardinals to a Sugar Bowl victory over Florida last season. The O’ Brien award is given annually to the nation’s outstanding quarterback.
College Basketball: Louisville coach Rick Pitino was a winner at the ESPY awards last night, taking home the award for best coach/manager. Pitino led Louisville to its third national championship this past season.
The Lexington Herald Leader reports former Kentucky guard Ryan Harrow, who played 24 games for the Wildcats last season, has been cleared to be eligible immediately at Georgia State. Harrow returned to his Atlanta area home for family reasons after last season and GSU applied for a waiver allowing Harrow to be eligible this season. Harrow averaged almost 10 points per game last season for the Wildcats.
Murray State’s women’s program has gotten another recruit for the upcoming season. The school announced Wednesday 5-9 guard Antonia Niebler of Germany will join the team this season. Niebler is the ninth member of this year’s recruiting class.
NHL: The Nashville Predators have signed forward Rich Clune to a two year contract extension, which will take his contract out through the 2015-16 season. General Manager David Poile announced Wednesday the two year deal is worth $1.7 million. Clune had nine points in 47 games last season for the Predators.