High School Softball-Thursday scores: University Heights swept the season series with Hopkinsville by taking a 15-0, 6 inning victory. Home runs from Makenzi Hamby, Chelsea Cansler and a grand slam by Tyler Shemwell highlighted the game for the Lady Blazers, who got a four hit shutout from Lexie O’Daniel. University Heights improved to 17-6/3-1 with the win, while Hopkinsville fell to 1-19/1-3 in district play.
Other games saw Heath edge Christian County 5-4, Franklin Simpson run ruled Russellville 15-0 in 3 innings, Trigg County swept a pair from Todd Central 5-4 and 4-3, Madisonville shut out Caldwell County 8-0, Hopkins Central defeated Dawson Springs 3-1, Henderson County over Union County 6-4, Livingston Central shut out Crittenden County 8-0, Graves County edged Calloway County 2-1, Lone Oak swept Paducah Tilghman 11-0 and 11-1, and also defeated St. Mary 10-0, Marshall County blanked Reidland 4-0.
Today’s games(WEATHER PERMITTING): Hopkinsville hosts Dawson Springs, Caldwell County hosts Trigg County, Hopkins Central meets Hancock County and Central Hardin at the Sports Warehouse Classic in Owensboro, where Madisonville plays South Spencer, IN, Muhlenberg County meets Bowling Green, who also plays Marshall County, Heath takes on Allen County Scottsville and Lone Oak takes on Woodford County.
High School Baseball-Thursday scores: Logan County defeated Christian County 10-6, Caldwell County shut out University Heights 3-0, Lyon County blanked Fort Campbell 11-0, Trigg County defeated Marshall County 3-1, Russellville edged Barren County 4-3 in 8 innings, Madisonville run ruled Hopkins Central 10-0 in 6 innings, Livingston Central nipped Crittenden County 5-4, Union County defeated Henderson County 3-1, Lone Oak drilled Reidland 28-1, Paducah Tilghman over Heath 4-1.
Today’s games(WEATHER PERMITTING): Christian County hosts Russellville and Caldwell County in a doubleheader, Hopkinsville welcomes Trigg County, University Heights entertains Crittenden County, Dawson Springs hosts Fort Campbell, Logan County hosts Muhlenberg County, Hopkins Central welcomes McLean County, Madisonville at Union County, Webster County goes to Henderson County, Lyon County hosts Mayfield.
Two local student/athletes signed collegiate letters Thursday in the sport of baseball. Christian County’s Logan Patterson signed with Millsaps College, while Hopkinsville’s Gus Sholar signed to play with Berea College.
College Basketball: The Courier Journal reports John Hardin High School point guard Brandon Price accepted a preferred walk on Thursday night from Western Kentucky University. The 5-9 Price averaged 17.9 points per game last season for the Bulldogs.
The Southeastern Conference announced Thursday a 20-year agreement with ESPN to operate the SEC Network, which will hit the airwaves in August, 2014. SEC commissioner Mike Slive says the network will produce 1,000 live events each year and will carry approximately 45 football games and a depth of content across all sports each year. Financial terms for the deal were not disclosed, but the contract goes through 2034.
The Kentucky Oaks takes place at Churchill Downs this afternoon, with trainer Todd Pletcher having four fillies in the 10 horse field. Pletcher trained Dreaming of Julia is the 3-1 favorite, with other Pletcher horses in the field including Unlimited Budget, Silisita and Princess of Sylmar.
Pletcher also have a record tying five horses running in the 139th Kentucky Derby scheduled for tomorrow.
Golf: The Links at Novadell has cancelled this weekend’s scheduled Bud Light two man tournament because of the threat of inclement weather. The tournament has been rescheduled for June 15-16.
There’s a seven way tie for the lead after the opening round of the PGA Tour’s Wells Fargo Championship. Rory McIlroy, Nick Watney, Ryan Moore and Robert Garrigus are among the group at five under 67. Phil Mickelson, Boo Weekley, Zach Johnson and Lucas Glover are among a group of six players one shot back.
The Champions Tour’s Insperity Championship begins today with Paducah’s Russ Cochran and Franklin’s Kenny Perry both in the field.
Minor League Baseball: The Bowling Green Hot Rods were rained out at Kane County, with the two teams playing a doubleheader this evening. The Nashville Sounds were swept by Oklahoma City, losing 9-1 Thursday night. The Sounds begin a four game series at Round Rock this evening.