Hoppers Baseball: Ohio Valley League playoff action began last night with the Hoptown Hoppers escaping Owensboro with a 2-1 victory.
Hoptown’s Riley Sanderson and Owensboro’s Taylor Grisham locked up in quite a pitcher’s duel before the Hoppers scored the game’s first run in the 6th inning. After John Beary grounded out to opening the inning, Brad Sevenish singled to left, then scored from first base on a double by Brandon Powell to make it 1-0.
Owensboro tied the game in the bottom of the 7th as Matthew Johnson reached on an error by pitcher Sanderson, then Stone Osborne smashed a ball that Seth Larue could not handle for a hit, with Cameron Wallace driving in Johnson with the unearned run to make it 1-1 to finish Sanderson’s night.
Jake Bell then retired the last two batters of the 7th and after giving up a lead off single to Dalton West in the 8th, sat the Oilers down in order. The Hopper 9th started with a double by Seth Larue, following a bunt single by Geordie Carlson and a fielders choice by Matt McGowan which forced Larue at home, Brandon Boggetto was hit by a pitch, then Derek Ferch had a fielder’s choice that brought home Carlson with the game winning run.
Jake Bell in relief picked up the pitching win to go to 5-1 on the season as the Hoppers improved to 33-11. The Hoppers had six hits, with three being doubles. Game two is this evening at Hopkinsville High’s Tiger Field at 7:05, with pre game coverage on the air at 6:45 on News/Talk WHOP and online at whopam.com.
In the other series, Fulton traveled to Marion and came away with a 9-0 win. The Railroaders scored 5 of their runs in the first four innings and held the Bobcats to just four hits. Game two of that series is this evening in Fulton.
Golf: The Garland Nissan City Am Championship began Friday at Hopkinsville Golf and Country Club.
Brian Landrum fired a 68 and has a two shot lead on University Heights golfer Tadd Switzer and former Christian County golfer TJ Ferry, who both fired 70. Two time defending champion Anthony Dempsey had a 72, with Jonathan Grabara at 73. Former Hopkinsville High and current Rend Lake College player Dayton Jones heads a group of three at 75.
Chip Miles and Rick Scott lead the Senior Division at 74, Carroll Jaggers leads the Super Senior Division with 79, Jerry Chapman is the only player in the Super Super Senior Division with 92 and Anna Moore leads the Ladies Division with 72. Second round play takes place today at Western Hills Golf Course.
University of Alabama sophomore to be Emma Talley of Princeton finished tied for 8th place at the Royale Cup Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship which concluded Friday outside of Montreal. Talley fired a final round 70 to finish the event at 290, 15 shots behind the winner Brooke Henderson.
College Basketball: Western Kentucky University announced its men’s basketball schedule for the 2013-14 season Friday.
It features two teams from last year’s NCAA Final Four. The Hilltoppers will open the season at Wichita State November 11th and face national champion Louisville December 14th at the KFC Yum Center.
WKU will host its first home game November 16th against East Tennessee State. Other notable home games include Southern Mississippi on December 18th, Murray State on December 21st and Ole Miss on December 30th.
The Hilltoppers will open their final season of Sun Belt Conference action at South Alabama January 2nd and host newcomer Georgia State in its first home conference game January 9th.
College Football: Kentucky coach Mark Stoops along with offensive coordinator Neal Brown and defensive coordinator DJ Eliot spoke to the Jefferson County UK Alumni Club luncheon Friday in Louisville. Stoops told the enthusiastic crowd that they want people in Louisville to know that Kentucky is in Louisville too and not messing around.
Stoops pointed to an example in January when he and his staff went into Trinity High School and convinced defensive end Jason Hatcher to renounce his commitment to Southern California and sign with Kentucky. Stoops also told the crowd he wants UK to have a presence in Louisville and recruit as many high school players as possible to play for the Wildcats.
The Courier Journal reported Friday that John Hardin High School defensive tackle Matt Elam has received a scholarship offer from the University of Tennessee.
Elam is the 10th overall prospect in the nation according to 247sports.com. Elam has had offers from Kentucky, Alabama, Louisville, Notre Dame and Ohio State. The senior to be is expected to announce his collegiate selection during the US Army All American Bowl in San Antonio, TX in January.
Rick Norton, who played quarterback for the University of Kentucky in the 1960’s died of heart disease Thursday in Louisville at age 69. Norton played three seasons for the Wildcats and was co captain as a senior. He was drafted by the AFL’s Miami Dolphins in 1966 and played four seasons there before going to Green Bay in 1970. He retired after playing one game for the Packers.
NFL: The Tennessee Titans had their first open practice for fans at Baptist Sports Park Friday. Before practice began, Coach Mike Munchak told the some 1,000 fans in attendance the Titans would not disappoint them this season.
WPSD-Paducah reported last night the event to be held at the new McCracken County High School next month featuring recently retired Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis has been cancelled. The McCracken County football boosters issued a statement saying due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts, the event featuring Lewis August 17th is cancelled and those who have purchased tickets may receive refunds.