High School Baseball: Hopkinsville got revenge on Fort Campbell last night, winning the second game of their 8th district series 10-1. The Tigers got 6 runs in the 5th inning to propel them to the win. Winning pitcher Clayton Smithson was 2-3 at the plate and struck out eight to get the win. Hopkinsville improved to 10-8/3-1 in district play, while Fort Campbell fell to 7-9/1-3 in district action.
Elsewhere: University Heights lost to Marshall County 7-4, Caldwell County won the 2nd region All A Classic with a 17-0 win over Crittenden County, Bowling Green over Madisonville 6-2, Dawson Springs over Christian Fellowship 15-0 in 5 innings, Logan County over Muhlenberg County 11-1 in 6 innings, Union County over Hopkins Central 14-0 in 5 innings, Henderson County over Webster County 12-1.
Today’s games: Christian County faces Lone Oak in the Steve Leach Memorial Classic, which also features Lincoln County against Logan County. Todd Central hosts Hopkins Central, Trigg County welcomes Crittenden County, Union County hosts Lyon County.
High School Softball: Christian County defeated Marshall County 5-2, Hopkinsville defeated Fort Campbell 10-6, Crittenden County defeated Trigg County 19-4, Barren County defeated Logan County 9-5, Hopkins Central over Dawson Springs 11-1 in 5 innings, Madisonville shut out Caldwell County 7-0, Kenwood, TN over Todd Central 14-0 in 4 innings.
Today’s game: University Heights at Hopkins Central.
Three local student athletes signed letters of intent Thursday. Hopkinsville basketballer CJ Childress signed with Western Kentucky Tech, while Christian County’s Travis Brown signed to play golf for Brescia University and softball pitcher Jasmine Matchen signed with Lindsey Wilson College.
Christian County football player Chuck Hughes is scheduled to sign a collegiate letter today with Lindsey Wilson College.
The 2nd region Athletic Directors Association has named its female and male Athletes of the Year. The female athlete is Hopkinsville’s Christy Soldo, who led the Lady Tigers to the 2nd region basketball championship and the school’s first appearance in the Girls Sweet 16. Soldo was also a member of Hopkinsville’s Region 2 girls championship soccer team.
The male athlete is Avery Pitt of Henderson County, who will play his college football at Eastern Kentucky University. Pitt is also a member of the Colonels baseball team.
College Baskeball: Pat Summitt is officially head coach emeritus at the University of Tennessee. Summitt passed the whistle to long time assistant coach Holly Warlick who will guide the women’s program. Summitt was diagnosed with early onset dementia late last summer.
Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari tells the Courier Journal recruit Merlens Noel is a long way from a finished product. Calipari says Noel is a player that can change the game and there is work to do to get him where Calipari thinks Noel is capable of being. Noel was named the USA Today player of the year Thursday.
The Lexington Herald Leader reports the Rupp Arena locker room upgrade is to begin next month, with the 2.9 million dollar project expected to be done by Big Blue Madness in early October. Renovations will include training room improvements, team meeting room, a second coaches office, team lounge, food service area and a new media area.
The Tennessean reports Middle Tennessee basketball coach Kermit Davis is slated to interview for the vacancy at Southern Miss. The interview is reportedly to take place either Monday or Tuesday. Davis is a close friend of former coach Larry Eustachy, who left the Golden Eagles program to become head coach at Colorado State.
NHL: The Nashville Predators can wrap up their series with the Detroit Red Wings tonight at Bridgestone Arena. The Predators lead 3-1 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. First puck drops just after 7 and you can hear the game on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Minor League Baseball: The Nashville Sounds lost two games to Oklahoma City 4-3 and 4-2 at Greer Stadium. The Sounds conclude their series with Oklahoma City this evening.
The Bowling Green Hot Rods opened a three game series with Cedar Rapids winning 5-1. Game two is this evening at Bowling Green Ballpark.
PGA Tour: Kentuckian Steve Flesch is at 5 over par, while JB Holmes is at 6 over par following round one of the Valero Texas Open. Matt Avery opened at nine under and has a three shot lead.
Champions Tour: The Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf begins today in Savannah, Georgia. Franklin’s Kenny Perry and Paducah’s Russ Cochran will play together in the event.