High School Baseball: Defending state runner up Henderson County won the 2nd region tournament Wednesday night, defeating Christian County 15-2 in 6 innings.
The northern Colonels got a run in the first inning as Kaleb Duckworth singled and later scored, then Christian County tied the game at 1-1 when David Smith hit a solo home run in the bottom of the first. Henderson County then scored five times in the 2nd inning thanks to a grand slam home run by Duckworth and never looked back.
Losing pitcher Joey Deck and first baseman Nile Shemwell each had two hits to lead Christian County. Sam Higgs, a WKU signee, went the distance for the win. Henderson County improved to 29-8 and will face Letcher County Central of Region 14 in the Forcht Bank/KHSAA State tournament Monday evening in Lexington. Christian County finishes the season 26-15.
Christian County’s David Smith, Logan Patterson and Dixon Craft were named to the All Region team.
Other region finals saw Logan County win the 4th region title 3-2 over Russell County, Apollo wins region 3 1-0 over Meade County, Lone Oak defeated Paducah Tilghman 6-3 in the 1st region final.
High School Softball: Livingston Central won its first 2nd region title, as the 17th ranked Lady Cardinals picked up their 30th win of the season in defeating 25th ranked Henderson County 3-1. Livingston Central meets 3rd region winner Owensboro Catholic in the Rawlings/KHSAA State Tournament next Thursday in Owensboro. The Lady Aces defeated Edmonson County 4-3 in the 3rd region title game.
Christian County's Maggie Glass was named to the All Region team.
Lone Oak won the 1st region championship with a 13-0, 6 inning win over Reidland. Top ranked Greenwood plays Bowling Green in the 4th region title game this evening.
Hoppers Baseball: The Hoptown Hoppers had an intrasquad game Wednesday as they prepare for the season opener against Madisonville Saturday night. Coach Grayson Crawford said all the pitchers got to throw in the workout and that he’s impressed with what he has seen thus far with the team.
The team will work out the next two evenings at Tiger Field at Hopkinsville High, where Hopper home games will take place this season. Saturday night’s opener begins at 7:05, with pre game coverage at 6:45 on News/Talk WHOP and online at whopam.com.
College Softball: The College World Series begins today in Oklahoma City, with one of the opening round matchups featuring SEC rivals Tennessee and Florida.
College Football: Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has received his 9th commitment for the 2014 class. 5-11 160 pound three star cornerback Jared Tucker of Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, GA made his verbal pledge to the Wildcats Wednesday.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Tennessee’s game at Oregon September 14th will kickoff at 2:30 pm Hopkinsville time and be televised by either ABC, ESPN or ESPN 2. The Volunteers open the season August 31st hosting Austin Peay.
Austin Peay officials visited with another of its candidates for athletics director Wednesday. The Leaf Chronicle reports UNLV senior athletic director Julio Freiere toured the facilities. Central Michigan’s Derek van der Merwe will be the final candidate to interview today. The school is hopeful of hiring a replacement for long time AD Dave Loos by July 1st.