Hoppers Baseball: Following the rainout of Saturday’s scheduled home opener, the Hoptown Hoppers opened Ohio Valley League play at the Madisonville/Tradewater Pirates Sunday night, falling to the Pirates 9-1.
The Bucs scored seven times in the second inning to get their first win of the season. Former Hopkinsville High standout Jarod Perry had two hits and an RBI for the winners. The Hoppers were held to just three hits, singles by Ryne Long, Zach Carter and former UHA standout Matt McGowan. Stewart Rich took the pitching loss for Hoptown.
The Hoppers open the home portion of the season Tuesday night, hosting the team they defeated in last year’s Ohio Valley League championship series the Fulton Railroaders. First pitch at Hopkinsville High’s Tiger Field at 7:05, with pre game coverage at 6:45 on News/Talk WHOP and online at whopam.com.
Elsewhere last night in the Ohio Valley League: Newcomer DuBois County began OVL play with a 7-5 over Fulton, while Owensboro opened with a 4-2 win over Marion.
Tonight’s game: Du Bois County travels to Fulton to play a make up game from Saturday night.
High School Baseball: Heritage Christian Academy lost in the Kentucky Christian Athletic Association title game to Somerset Christian 10-4 Saturday. The Warriors finished the season 18-3. Arron Workman was named KCAA Mr. Baseball and made the All State and All Tournament teams. He was joined on the All State team by Nathan Workman and Alex Walker, who was also named to the All Tournament team.
The Forcht Bank/KHSAA State Tournament begins today at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington. 2nd region representative Henderson County meets 14th region winner Letcher County Central at 5 pm Hopkinsville time. 3rd region winner Apollo opens play at 10 am this morning against Mercer County, with North Laurel meeting Prestonsburg and the finale this evening has Collins High meeting Tates Creek.
High School Softball: Heritage Christian Academy lost in the Kentucky Christian Athletic Association state semi finals to Trinity Christian Saturday 9-7. Lady Warrior Kelly Faulkner was named to the All Tournament Team.
The Rawlings/KHSAA State Tournament begins Thursday at Jack Fisher Park in Owensboro. 2nd region winner Livingston Central plays Owensboro Catholic at 7 pm. Top ranked and 4th region winner Greenwood meets South Laurel at 5 pm, with 1st region winner Lone Oak also playing at 5 pm against 5th region winner Central Hardin.
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association has announced its 2014 Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame class. The 11 inductees include former Madisonville football standout Sonny Collins, Louisville Trinity football star Jeff Brohm, Scott County basketball great Ukari Figgs and long time Lexington Herald Leader high school sports writer Mike Fields. The group will be inducted April 27,2014 during ceremonies at the Lexington Convention Center.
College Baseball: The Louisville Cardinals have advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals following a 12-3 win over Oklahoma State Sunday. The 49-12 Cardinals will advance to the Super Regionals for the third time in school history and the first since 2009.
Austin Peay had to play a pair of games in the Bloomington regional Sunday, defeating Valparaiso 5-4 to avoid elimination, but lost to Indiana for the second time in as many days 6-1. The Governors historic season ends with a 47-14 mark.
Vanderbilt faces Georgia Tech this evening in the finals of the Nashville regional. The Commodores lost to Georgia Tech Sunday 5-0 to suffer their first loss in the regional. Tonight’s game at Hawkins Field begins at 6 pm.
College Softball: Tennessee has advanced to the championship series of the Women’s College World Series following a 2-1 win over Texas Sunday. The Lady Vols improved to 52-10 on the season and will meet Michigan in the first of a best two of three series this evening.
Golf: It’s called “The Longest Day in Golf” as US Open sectional qualifiers take place across the country today. One of them is at Colonial Country Club in Memphis, where former Christian County High and Murray State golfer Mitchell Moore is chasing his dream of playing in the US Open at Merion Golf Club next week.
Moore will be joined by a number of well known PGA Tour players including Scott Stallings who is playing in Moore’s group along with Ian Poulter, 2008 US Open runner up Rocco Mediate, David Duval and Chris DiMarco. Moore tees off at 7:50 this morning and 1:20 this afternoon.
Hopkinsville Golf and Country Club hosted qualifying for the Kentucky State Amateur Championship Sunday. Nicholas Thompson won the qualifier with a 67, with Hopkinsville’s Pat Tucker firing 71 and Brian Landrum scoring 72 and Ronnie Young had 75. All three will participate in the State Am set for June 18-20 at Bowling Green Country Club.
Paducah’s Russ Cochran won on the Champions Tour Sunday, taking the Prinicpal Charity Classic in Des Moines Iowa. Cochran’s five under par 67 for a three day total of 11 under 205 was one stroke better than Jay Don Blake. It was Cochran’s fourth Champions Tour title, and his first in 35 tournaments after battling wrist and rib injuries in the 2012 season.
Matt Kuchar was a two shot winner over Kevin Chappell at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio. Kuchar finished the tournament at 12 under, while Chappell was 10 under par. Lexington native Josh Teater tied for 57th at 6 over par.