Hoppers Baseball: The Hoptown Hoppers inched closer to clinching the Ohio Valley League regular season championship with a 2-1 win over Madisonville Friday night at Tiger Field.
The Hoppers plated single runs in the first and second innings and led 2-0 until Madisonville’s Matt Sheneman hit a home run off Hopper starter Collin Lee in the top of the 5th inning. The Pirates would threaten to score again in the 6th, but came away empty.
Hoptown was held to just two hits in the game, a 2nd inning single by Seth Larue and a 6th inning double by Henry Rowland. Collin Lee in making his first start got the pitching win, with the other newcomer Craig Caufield getting the save.
The Hoppers picked up their 30th win of the season to go with 10 losses and run their current winning streak to nine games. Madisonville is 22-19 and has lost two games in a row.
In Fulton, it was a wild and furious game which saw the Railroaders hit a pair of 9th inning home runs to defeat Dubois County 7-6. Kyle Simmons and Taylor Douglas hit back to back long balls to give Fulton the win and keep Hoptown’s magic number to clinch at 1.
Also last night, Owensboro handed Marion its 15th straight loss 7-2. The league standings show Hoptown with a 5 game lead on Fulton, with Madisonville in 3rd place 8 ½ games back, with Owensboro and Dubois County tied for 4th at 11 ½ games out.
Tonight in the OVL: Hoptown and Fulton meet at Tiger Field with the regular season title on the line. It’s Heritage Bank night in conjunction with the United Way, with the first 500 fans receiving free admission and the first 250 of those receive foam fan fingers from Heritage Bank.
First pitch is at 7:05, with pre game coverage on the air at 6:45 on News/Talk WHOP and online at whopam.com.
Other action has Madisonville hosting Owensboro and Marion welcomes Dubois County.
Golf: Miguel Angel Jimenez has put himself in a position he’s never been before. The Spaniard battled for an even-par 71 on Friday at the British Open, and that was good enough to give him a 1-stroke lead after two rounds of the season's third major. Jiminez finished the first 36 holes at 3-under-par 139. It’s the first time he has been the leader after two rounds in a major, though he has plenty of tough competition right behind him.
Three-time Open champion Tiger Woods also managed a 71 at Muirfield and is tied for second at minus-2, alongside Lee Westwood, Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson . First-round leader Zach Johnson stumbled to a 4-over 75 to dip to 1-under-par 141 through two rounds. He was joined there by two-time major champion Angel Cabrera, Martin Laird and Rafael Cabrera-Bello.
Nashville native Brandt Snedeker stumbled to a eight over par 79 Friday and is tied for 39th at 5 over par. Lexington native Josh Teater is tied for 58th at seven over par after a six over 77 Friday.
College Basketball: Kyle Wiltjer is officially no longer a Kentucky Wildcat. Wiltjer announced Friday afternoon he is indeed transferring to Gonzaga. Wiltjer spent two seasons in Lexington, helping the Wildcats win the national championship as a freshman.
Wiltjer played in 73 career games at Kentucky making 10 starts. Wiltjer earned SEC sixth man of the year honors this past season after averaging 10.2 points and 4.2 rebounds in his sophomore season. Wiltjer will sit out the upcoming season and have two years eligibility remaining.
College Football: University of Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has been named to the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award watch list. Bridgewater, who was last year’s Big East player of the year, was recently named to the Maxwell and O’Brien Award watch list. Headlining the Camp Award Watch list is Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, last year’s Heisman Trophy winner.
In all 37 schools are represented on the Camp Award watch list, with defending national champion Alabama having the most nominees with four.
CBS Sports.com has voted the University of Louisville “Best in College Sports”. The combination of winning the men’s basketball national championship, having the women’s basketball team in the national championship game, along with the football team winning a BCS bowl game and the baseball team making the College World Series helped the school win the award.
The University of Oregon finished second in the voting, while SEC member Florida finished third.
Kentucky Wesleyan College has named a new athletics director. A news release from the school Friday stated Jim Askins will replace David Williams. The 48-year-old Askins has served as interim AD for the last two months. Askins began his career in athletics as an assistant basketball coach at three schools including Kentucky Wesleyan from 1991-94.
Askins also worked 11 years as Western Kentucky field representative for former Kentucky senator Jim Bunning and comes to KWC from his family business, America Service Group, Inc.
NHL: The Nashville Predators announced their 2013-14 schedule Friday. The Predators open the season with two road games, October 3rd at St. Louis and October 4th at Colorado. Nashville then will play its next five games at home beginning October 8th against the Minnesota Wild. You can see the complete schedule at the team’s website, nashvillepredators.com.