Hoppers Baseball: The Hoptown Hoppers won their third game in a row Sunday night, knocking off Marion 10-6. The Hoppers scored eight of their ten runs in the middle three innings. Phillip Menou and Collin Massanelli each had two hits to lead the Hoppers, while Tyler Vails pitched five innings of relief to get the win. The Hoppers are now 16-7 and have a three and a half game lead on Fulton.
The Hoppers travel to Fulton tonight to meet the hottest team in the league in the Railroaders, who have won eight games in a row.
Elsewhere last night in the OVL: Madisonville shut out Owensboro 9-0.
Tonight in the OVL: Madisonville plays at Marion.
A reminder the Hoppers game with Madisonville Tuesday night will be played at Riverside Park in Dawson Springs. First pitch takes place at 7:05.
Minor League Baseball: The Bowling Green Hot Rods opened a series with Dayton Sunday with a 20-10 win at Bowling Green Ballpark. Game two of the series is this evening.
The Nashville Sounds also won a slugfest 13-12 over the Iowa Cubs. The two teams play again this evening at Greer Stadium in Nashville.
Major League Baseball’s All Star game will have two players from the region in it this year. New York Mets pitcher RA Dickey who played at the University of Tennessee and Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price, who played for Vanderbilt, have been chosen for their respective league’s teams. The game is July 10th in Kansas City.
As of Sunday, Belmont University is an official member of the Ohio Valley Conference in all sports. Belmont is now the 12th member of the league, the most the conference has had at one time in its 65 year history. Belmont comes to the OVC from the Atlantic Sun conference. Also as of Sunday, SIU Edwardsville is now post season eligible in all sports.
NHL: One of the more popular players of the Nashville Predators will be changing uniforms. The Tennessean reported Sunday free agent forward Jordin Tootoo has signed a three year contract with the rival Detroit Red Wings. Tootoo was drafted by the Predators in 2001 and played his entire career in Nashville.
Meanwhile, the Predators reportedly made a substantial offer to free agent defenseman Ryan Suter on the first day of free agency Sunday. Agent Neil Sheehy tells the Tennessean Suter could make a decision as early as today. The Philadelphia Flyers, Detroit Red Wings and Minnesota Wild have reportedly all made offers for Suter’s services.
Champions Tour Golf: Franklin’s Kenny Perry finished 8th at the Constellation Players Championship Sunday. Perry fired a 68 Sunday finishing six strokes behind winner Joe Daley. Paducah’s Russ Cochran also had a 68 and tied for 30th at one under par.