OVL Baseball: There were surprises in the two play in games in the Ohio Valley League playoffs last night.
Owensboro defeated Dubois County 5-4 and Marion ended an 18 game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over Madisonville.
Tonight’s best of three series have the Hoptown Hoppers on the road at Owensboro. First pitch is at 7:05, with pre game coverage at 6:45 on News/Talk WHOP and online at whopam.com. The other best of three series has Marion hosting Fulton.
The Hoppers will return home to play Owensboro tomorrow night, with Fulton hosting Marion tomorrow night.
A Clarksville man will be one of the men in blue at next month’s Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA. The Leaf Chronicle reports John Ignacio, an umpire in Kentucky’s District 1, will work the games. Ignacio has been an umpire for 13 years. He is a graduate of Fort Campbell High School and Austin Peay. The Little League World Series begins August 15th.
Golf: The first round of the Garland Nissan City Am Tournament takes place today at Hopkinsville Golf and Country Club. Anthony Dempsey is the two time defending champion. The tournament moves to Western Hills for the 2nd round Saturday, with the final round Sunday at the Links at Novadell. A field of 57, which includes five women, are playing in the event.
Princeton’s Emma Talley shot her second straight 74 at the Royale Cup Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship outside of Montreal Thursday. The tournament’s website indicates Talley is at 220 through three rounds and trails the leader by 12 shots heading into today’s final round.
The Kentucky Junior PGA Tour played Thursday at Kearney Hills Golf Links in Lexington. According to the Kentucky Golf Association website, Hopkinsville’s Austin Knight finished 6th in the Boys 15-16 division with an 81, six shots behind the winner.
An area golfer has qualified for the upcoming Kentucky Open at Olde Stone Golf Club near Bowling Green next month. Tyler Mitchell of Cadiz shot 72 during qualifying held Wednesday at Paxton Park Golf Club in Paducah. Also making the tournament as an alternate was Hopkinsville’s Ronnie Young, who fired a 73.
College Football: A current University of Alabama assistant coach has been penalized by the NCAA. Joe Pannunizo’s contract has been frozen for his involvement in the scandal at the University of Miami while a member of their staff. Pannunizo, who was not named in the notice of allegations brought against Miami, is Alabama’s director of football operations.
A source told the Associated Press Pannunizo did not receive a pay increase or contract extension, nor was he allowed to contact any recruits at Alabama for a 90 day period. Pannunizo was head coach at Murray State from 2000-05 and led the Racers to the 2002 Ohio Valley Conference championship.