2nd region softball championship: Christian County is returning to the state tournament for the first time since 2010 following a 14-4, 5 inning win over Henderson County.
Christian County scored early and often and pounded out 14 hits in taking the regional title. Lauren Hobson got the pitching win for the Lady Colonels, who improve to 32-7 in heading to the state tournament next Thursday in Owensboro.
Christian County will meet either Ryle or Conner who play in the 9th region championship today. Next Thursday’s game is set for 5 pm, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 4:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
The Lady Colonels placed four on the region all tournament team. They were: Maggie Glass, Jasmine Matchen, Malena Whipple and Lauren Hobson. Also named to the team from University Heights was Chelsea Cansler.
Elsewhere: Lone Oak won the 1st region title, defeating Reidland 5-4, Owensboro Catholic defeated Apollo 6-1 in the 3rd region championship game.
Today’s game: Greenwood and top ranked Allen County Scottsville meet in the 4th region championship game in Bowling Green.
2nd region baseball championship: Henderson County is returning to the state tournament in Lexington after defeating Caldwell County 3-1.
Elsewhere: Calloway County defeated Murray 10-0 in the 1st region title game, Meade County over Muhlenberg County 4-2 in the 3rd region championship and for the first time in school history, South Warren is heading to the state tournament after a 4-3 win over favored Bowling Green in the 4th region championship.
High School Basketball: Christian County has named its new basketball coach. 16 year veteran Josh Smith was introduced at a news conference Wednesday.
Smith has coached his entire career in Tennessee, at Stewart County High and Clarksville Academy where he won a state championship in 2010. Smith replaces Tyler Smithhart, who was recently named coach at Henderson County.
Hoppers Baseball: The 2012 Ohio Valley League season begins tomorrow night for the Hoptown Hoppers. The Hoppers open the season at Fulton. Last night, the players and coaches were introduced at a gathering for board members. A chance to meet the players comes Monday from 4-5:30 at the Pennyroyal Area Museum.
The Hoppers open the home portion of the season next Wednesday against Fulton at 7:05 at Colonel Field. Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com will broadcast all home games and playoff games this season.
College Basketball: After both sides declared the issue a dead deal earlier this month, the Courier Journal reports Kentucky and Indiana athletic officials reopened negotiations to continue its series May 10th.
However, Kentucky athletic officials last week rejected Indiana’s idea of playing the next two games at a neutral site court, Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, then one game at Kentucky in 2014 and the 2015 game at Indiana.
Murray State’s Isaiah Cannan has been named the Ohio Valley Conference’s Male Athlete of the Year. Cannan helped Murray State to the OVC championship and an NCAA tournament appearance. Cannan averaged 19 points per game this past season and had four 30 plus point performances.
College Softball: The Women’s College World Series begins today in Oklahoma City. Tennessee plays its first game at 6 this evening, taking on fellow SEC rival Alabama.
Minor League Baseball: The Nashville Sounds lost game 2 of their series at Oklahoma City 7-2 last night, with game three this evening.
The Bowling Green Hot Rods lost to Lansing 6-4 in the first of a four game set at Bowling Green Ballpark. Game two is this evening.
PGA Tour: Kentucky native JB Holmes and Nashville native Brandt Snedeker are in the field for the star studded Memorial Tournament which begins today in Dublin, Ohio.