Hoppers Baseball: More than 450 people attended opening night for the Hoptown Hoppers at Christian County’s Colonel Field Wednesday night, but it was the Fulton Railroaders who came away with an 18-4 victory.
The Hoppers built an early 3-0 lead after four innings, before the Railroaders scored all of their runs in the next five at bats, including batting around twice. Former University Heights player Kyle Barbee was 1-3 at the plate and pitched 2/3 of an inning in relief allowing two hits, walking one and striking out one.
Brock Downey, who pitched only one inning for the 1-4 Railroaders gets the win, while Hopper starter Will Hammock takes the loss for the 2-2 Hoppers.
Hoptown is back in action this afternoon with a 1:05 game against Owensboro at Colonel Field, with pre game coverage at 12:50 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Elsewhere in the OVL: Marion defeated Madisonville 11-1.
In OVL play today: Fulton travels to Madisonville.
Kentucky National Insurance/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament: Quarterfinal play began Wednesday, with 4th region winner South Warren losing to Woodford County 7-3, while Bishop Brossart defeated St. X 5-3.
Today’s quarterfinal games have 2nd region winner Henderson County meeting Newport Central Catholic at 5 Hopkinsville time, followed by Meade County and Ashland.
Rawlings/KHSAA State Softball Tournament: Christian County meets 9th region champion Ryle in its first game at 5 this afternoon at Jack Fisher Park in Owensboro. Heritage Bank pre game coverage at 4:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Other games have 1st region winner Lone Oak meeting Green County, 3rd region champ Owensboro Catholic takes on Johnson Central and 4th region winner Greenwood meets Scott County.
High School Basketball: WHOP Sports learned Wednesday afternoon of the resignation of University Heights basketball coach Randy McCoy. Mc Coy says he is leaving to pursue other coaching opportunities. McCoy was 91-53 in his five seasons at UHA, leading the Blazers to the 2008 All A State championship and an appearance in the Boys Sweet 16.
The Kentucky New Era reports Hopkinsville High School will have a news conference at 2 pm Friday to name its new girls basketball coach. Tonya Wells resigned the position last month after leading the Lady Tigers to the 2nd region championship this past season and a quarterfinal round appearance in the Girls Sweet 16.
College Basketball: The Courier Journal reports University of Louisville forward Steven Van Treese has been granted a release from the Cardinals program. Van Treese said playing time and a log jam of scholarship players led him to leave. Van Treese played in just three games last season before being sidelined with a season ending injury.
College Football: Kentucky’s program has received another commitment for the 2013 class. The Courier Journal reports Resse Phillips, a quarterback from Signal Mountain High School in Chattanooga plans to come to Kentucky next year. He is the third commitment and the second in two days for coach Joker Phillips.
Minor League Baseball: The Bowling Green Hot Rods game at Lansing was suspended in the 11th inning due to rain last night tied at 4-4. The game will resume before the regularly scheduled game at Lansing this evening.
The Nashville Sounds open a four game series against the Iowa Cubs this evening in Des Moines.