Hoppers Baseball: The Hoptown Hoppers got on the winning ways for the 2013 Ohio Valley League season last night with a 5-2 win at Fulton.
Riley Sanderson allowed just one hit over eight innings, walking 1 and striking out 7 in getting the pitching win. Three Hoppers had multiple hit games as Mason Colquitt, John Beary and Brandon Boggetto each had two hits.
The Hoppers go to 1-2 on the season with the win, while Fulton falls to 1-3. Hoptown is scheduled to host DuBois County tonight at 7:05 at Hopkinsville High’s Tiger Field, with pre game coverage at 6:45 on News/Talk WHOP and online at whopam.com.
Elsewhere in the OVL last night: Madisonville improved to 3-0 on the season with a 17-9 win over Owensboro, while DuBois County improved to 4-0 with a 15-4 win over Marion.
Tonight’s games have Fulton at Owensboro and Madisonville at Marion.
Former Hopkinsville High and current Western Kentucky pitcher Justin Hageman will learn today if he is selected in the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft. Hageman has been bothered during his just completed season in Bowling Green by a shoulder injury, but threw very effectively in his last several starts of the season. If you remember, three years ago Hageman was selected in the 32nd round by the Kansas City Royals.
Forcht Bank/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament: Quarterfinal action saw Henderson County shut out Collins High 3-0 and Mercer County defeated Prestonsburg 6-2. Henderson County meets Mercer County in the first semi final game Friday in Lexington.
Today’s quarterfinal games have a battle of Louisville as Pleasure Ridge Park meets St. X, with Central Hardin meeting Harrison County.
Rawlings/KHSAA State Softball Tournament: Play begins today at Jack Fisher Park in Owensboro. Opening round games have 2nd region winner Livingston Central meeting 3rd region winner Owensboro Catholic at 7 pm.
5 pm games include 1st region winner Lone Oak meeting 5th region winner Central Hardin and top ranked and 4th region winner Greenwood meeting South Laurel. The double elimination tournament goes through Saturday.
College Basketball: The Lexington Herald Leader reported Wednesday the son of the University of Kentucky’s track coach will be a walk on next season. E. J. Floreal played last season for Dunbar High School after transferring from California, when his father Edrick left Stanford to become Kentucky’s track coach.
The 6-5 Floreal averaged 12.9 points and 10.5 rebounds in his senior year for Dunbar. He had interest from several schools including Tennessee.
Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean has admitted the Hoosiers have had a hard time finding a replacement for Kentucky on its basketball schedule. Inside the Hall reported earlier this week that Crean said not having UK on the schedule doesn’t help because Crean doesn’t want too many non conference road games.
The teams have not played since 2011 when Indiana won on a last second shot by Christian Warford. The series had been played every year since the 1969-70 season.
College Football: Kentucky gets its 11th football commitment for 2014 as Blinn Junior College linebacker Ryan Flannigan made his pledge Wednesday. Flannigan signed with Texas Tech out of high school. The 6-3 230 pound Flannigan is considered a three star prospect and ranked as the 2nd best outside linebacker prospect in the nation.
Austin Peay named its new athletics director Wednesday. Derek van der Merwe comes to Clarksville from Central Michigan University, where he served as deputy athletics director and chief operating officer. van der Merwe replaces long time AD Dave Loos, who had those duties along with being men’s basketball coach. Loos relinquished the AD duties earlier this year.
van der Merwe is the second person from CMU to come to Austin Peay this year, joining new Governors football coach Kirby Cannon, who was an assistant coach at CMU.
Golf: The Tennessean reports Nashville native Brandt Snedeker has been diagnosed with a rare bone disorder. It’s a condition called low bone turnover which is causing Snedeker to crack his ribs.
Snedeker, who has battled rib injuries in the past, was diagnosed three months ago. He is self injecting himself with the drug Forteo daily. The drug is based on a natural human hormone which stimulates cells to cause bones to grow. The PGA Tour has approved the drug’s use. Snedeker is competing in the St. Jude Classic in Memphis beginning today.