High School Softball: Christian County is still awaiting to see who they will play in the Rawlings KHSAA State Fast Pitch Softball tournament next Thursday in Owensboro. Last night’s 9th region championship game between Conner and Ryle was suspended in the 6th inning due to rain and will be played tomorrow.
Meanwhile, the 4th region championship game between defending state champion Allen County Scottsville and Greenwood was suspended in the 1st inning last night because of rain and will continue this evening at Western Kentucky University.
Heritage Christian Academy’s softball team defeated North Hardin Christian 14-4 in 6 innings at the KCAA State Tournament quarterfinals last night at Georgetown College. The Lady Warriors will meet Lakeside at 5 pm central time in semi final play today.
HCA’s baseball team’s semi final game in the KCAA State Tournament against Bluegrass Christian was suspended in the 2nd inning last night with the Warriors leading 7-0. The game resumes this evening.
Hoppers Baseball: For the first time since the mid 50’s when there was Kitty League baseball in Hopkinsville, a team wearing the uniform with Hoppers across the front will return between the lines this evening.
The reborn Hoptown Hoppers of the Ohio Valley League open the regular season at the Fulton Railroaders. The Hoppers will play three road games this weekend, with other games at Madisonville Saturday night and at Marion on Sunday.
The Hoppers home opener is Wednesday night against Fulton at 7:05, with pre game coverage at 6:50 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP, where you’ll be able to hear all home and playoff games this season, as well as worldwide at whopam.com.
Elsewhere in the Ohio Valley League this evening: Marion plays at the Madisonville Pirates, formerly known as the Tradewater Pirates.
College Baseball: The NCAA tournament begins today with regional play across the country. Kentucky meets Kent State in its first game at the Gary regional this afternoon at 3 pm. Vanderbilt will meet UNC Wilimington in the Raleigh regional at 1 pm this afternoon. Austin Peay meets Oregon in the Eugene regional at 4 pm this afternoon. Louisville meets New Mexico State in the Tucson regional at 6 this evening.
College Softball: At the Women's College World Series, Tennessee lost its opening game to SEC foe Alabama 5-3 Thursday in Oklahoma City. The Lady Vols play an elimination game tomorrow against Oregon at 1 pm.
College Football: Southeastern Conference coaches have voted to advance a plan by South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier to pay student athletes not only in football, but other revenue producing sports. Spurrier’s measure calls for those athletes to receive between $3,500 and $4,000.
The Tennessean reports the SEC’s athletic directors will decide today whether to bring it to the conference school’s presidents and chancellors for an official vote.
Vanderbilt football coach James Franklin is drawing some heat after a comment he made stating he would not hire a new assistant coach before seeing his wife. The Tennessean reports Vanderbilt Vice Chancellor of Athletics David Williams said the comment was inappropriate and said it was not how he or Franklin really felt.
Franklin made the comment during a radio interview with a Nashville station at the SEC meetings in Destin, FL. Franklin apologized for his remark on Twitter Thursday, but told the Tennessean last night he declined further comment, letting Williams comment speak for him.
Minor League Baseball: The Nashville Sounds lost at Oklahoma City 4-1 last night, with the series finale this evening.
The Bowling Green Hot Rods game with Lansing was suspended due to rain at Bowling Green Ballpark. The suspended game and the regular game will take place this evening.