High School Baseball: Play began Monday in the Kentucky National Insurance/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament in Lexington.
4th region winner South Warren won its first game in state competition defeating Central Hardin 5-1. The Spartans will face Woodford County in Wednesday’s second quarterfinal game. Woodford County defeated Powell County 4-3.
Other games saw Bishop Brossart defeat Pikeville 4-2 and St. X shutout Mercer County 4-0.
Henderson County of the 2nd region plays the first game of the day today against North Oldham at 10 am. 1st region winner Calloway County meets 3rd region winner Meade County at 12:30. Other action has Pleasure Ridge Park meeting Newport Central Catholic and South Laurel goes against Ashland. Today’s winners will play in the quarterfinal round Thursday.
High School Softball: Christian County continues preparations for its appearance in the Rawlings/KHSAA State Fast Pitch tournament Thursday against 9th region champ Ryle. First pitch from Jack Fisher Park in Owensboro at 5, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 4:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
High School Soccer: Christian County has named its new girls’ soccer coach. 25-year-old Josh Culver was announced Monday to replace Clint Willis, who coached both teams last season. Culver was an assistant on both staffs last season.
Ohio Valley League Baseball: The Hoptown Hoppers were off Monday, but participated in a Meet the Hoppers event at the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville.
The Hoppers are back in action today at Kelly Stadium in Madisonville against the Madisonville Pirates. First pitch at 7 pm.
Hoptown plays its home opener tomorrow night against Fulton at 7:05 at Colonel Field, with pre game coverage at 6:50 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Last night in the OVL: Madisonville had a brief tribute before the game to second baseman Reid Rizzo, who died tragically over the weekend, and defeated Owensboro 3-1 to move to the top of the league standings. Marion handed Fulton its fourth straight loss by defeating the Railroaders 15-7.
In addition to the Hoppers game this evening, Owensboro plays at Marion.
The Madisonville Messenger reports autopsy reports are still pending in the death of Madisonville Pirates second baseman Reid Rizzo, but his parents said Sunday he had cardiomyopathy. However, it’s not known if the heart condition led to Rizzo’s death. Hopkins County Coroner Dennis Mayfield says Rizzo’s death looked natural. He was found dead in a bed at the home of a host family around 11 am Saturday.
College Baseball: Vanderbilt saw its run in the NCAA tournament come to an end last night, falling to NC State 9-7. The Wolfpack now face top seed Florida in Super Regional action this weekend in Gainesville.
The Lexington Herald Leader reports sexual abuse and sodomy charges against former University of Kentucky basketball player Michael Porter were waived to a grand jury on Monday. Porter was arrested May 15th in a sting operation. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of having sexual contact with a girl who was 14, then 15 when the incidents occurred in 2009 and 2010. Porter met the girl while serving as a volunteer at a Lexington area church.