High School Baseball
For the third time in as many years, Hopkinsville is the 8th district champion after defeating Christian County 7-3 at Colonel Field Wednesday night.
The Tigers scored four times in the bottom of the first, saw Christian County rally in the third with three runs and then put the game away with three runs in the bottom of the 6th inning.
Rashad Lewis led the Tigers with three hits in four at bats, while senior Hutton White fired a two hitter and struck out 10 in picking up the pitching win for the 17-14 Tigers. Dixon Craft took the pitching loss for the Colonels whose lone hits came from David Smith and Jonathon Grabara. Christian County heads to the regional tournament 19-19.
The All District team was also announced following the game.
Christian County was represented by Clayton Baker, Logan Daniel, Logan Patterson and David Smith.
Fort Campbell was represented by Pedro Hernandez, Braxton Lewis and JD Swails
Hopkinsville placed Josh Denton, Rashad Lewis, Clayton Smithson and Gant Unfried on the team.
UHA was represented by Darian McCombs, Ryan P’ Pool and Jacob Stevens.
Elsewhere: Caldwell County won the 7th district championship with a 4-2 win over Madisonville and Henderson County shutout Union County 6-0 in the 6th district championship.
High School Softball
Christian County won its eighth straight 8th district title with a 7-0 win over University Heights. The Lady Colonels got home runs from winning pitcher Jasmine Matchen, Malena Whipple and Lauren Hobson in getting the win. UHA’s lone hit came from Meagan Gallup, while Makenzi Miles took the pitching loss. Christian County heads to the regional tournament next week 29-7, while UHA is 21-13.
The All District team was announced following the game.
Christian County was represented by Maggie Glass, Lauren Hobson, Jasmine Matchen and Malena Whipple.
Fort Campbell was represented by Allie Alfield, Jenna Ammerman and Brittany Gossett.
Hopkinsville was represented by Erin Ganley, Skyler Grant and Mallory Smithson.
UHA representatives were Makenzi Hamby, Chelsea Cansler, Sydney Davenport and Lexi O’ Daniel.
Today’s game: Madisonville meets Hopkins Central in the 7th district title game.
Pairings for the regional tournaments to be played next week will be drawn Friday afternoon at Webster County High School. Webster County will host the 2nd region softball tournament, while Henderson County hosts the 2nd region baseball tournament.
College Baseball: The Kentucky Wildcats will meet Mississippi State today in the SEC tournament in Hoover, AL. Last night, the Bulldogs defeated top seed LSU 3-2.
Vanderbilt defeated South Carolina 3-2 and will meet Florida this evening.
Western Kentucky lost to Florida Atlantic 4-3 at the Sun Belt Conference tournament in Bowling Green. The Hilltoppers face South Alabama this evening.
Austin Peay faces Southeast Missouri in its first game of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament this evening in Jackson, TN. SEMO defeated Jacksonville State 4-1 Wednesday.
Louisville beat Pittsburgh 8-4 in its first game of the Big East tournament and will meet Connecticut this evening.
College Basketball: Kentucky coach John Calipari outlined some of the upcoming basketball games this season and next Wednesday. The Courier Journal reports Baylor, who the Wildcats defeated in the NCAA tournament this past season, will come to Rupp Arena to replace Indiana on the schedule. The Wildcats in return will play Baylor in a men’s and women’s doubleheader in the 2013-14 season at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas.
Calipari also said the series with North Carolina will resume in the 2013-14 season and he is talking with Duke coach Mike Kzryzewski about a multi year, neutral site game to be played at the best facilities around the country. Calipari added the Wildcats are working on a game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for the 2013-14 season.
College Football: The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the Tennessee program has suspended tight end Cameron Clear indefinitely after his arrest Tuesday night. Clear was taken into custody by University of Tennessee police after he was arrested in front of Neyland Stadium using a stolen laptop which belonged to another athlete. Five student athletes were robbed of items over the weekend. Clear is out of jail on bond.
Minor League Baseball: The Nashville Sounds defeated the Las Vegas 51’s 5-3 last night, with the series finale tonight in Las Vegas.
The Bowling Green Hot Rods opened a three game set at Great Lakes with a 6-5 loss. Game two of the series is this evening.
Golf: The Christian County Chamber of Commerce Braggin’ Rights golf tournaments have been played the last two days at the Links at Novadell.
The Tuesday winning team was the Links at Novadell team who fired a 53. Ray Cobb, Phil Bader, Mitchell Moore and Tyler Jones were on the winning team.
The Wednesday winning team was Music Central with a 50 score. Team members included Ben Higgins, Wayne Thomas Rick Scott and Mike Hester.
PGA Tour: Kentuckian Steve Flesch is in the field for the Crowne Plaza Invitational which begins today at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, TX.
The 73rd Senior PGA Championship begins today at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, MI. Franklin's Kenny Perry and Paducah native Russ Cochran are in the field.