Hoppers Baseball: The Hoptown Hoppers won their 6th consecutive game last night, defeating the Madisonville-Tradewater Pirates 8-3.
Cole Isom was stellar on the mound, going 8 2/3 innings allowing three runs-one earned on seven hits and striking out five in getting the pitching win. The Hoppers used a 6 run 6th inning to improve to 15-6 on the season, while Madisonville fell to 10-11.
Elsewhere in the OVL: 2nd place Owensboro’s game at Marion was postponed due to wet field conditions, Fulton won its 6th consecutive game defeating DuBois County 11-1.
Hoptown is atop the league standings at 15-6, leading 11-8 Owensboro by three games and red hot Fulton 11-10 by four games, with Dubois County 4 ½ games back at 10-10.
Tonight’s action has the OVL’s two hottest teams meeting at Tiger Field as Hoptown hosts Fulton on Youth League night. All youth in their baseball team jerseys receive free admission. First pitch is at 7:05 at Tiger Field, with the official Hoppers pre game show on the air at 6:45 on News/Talk WHOP and whopam.com.
Other games have Madisonville at Owensboro and Dubois County is scheduled to play a doubleheader at Marion.
Minor League Baseball: The Nashville Sounds opened a home stand with Oklahoma City last night, knocking off the Redhawks 5-2. Game two is this evening in Nashville.
The Bowling Green Hot Rods fell at South Bent 4-2, with the series finale set for this evening.
NBA Draft: Former Kentucky standout Nerlens Noel was not taken with the first pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers last night. Noel instead was drafted 6th by the New Orleans Pelicans and before he could begin thinking about playing with former Wildcats Anthony Davis and Darius Miller, he was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Another former Wildcat, Archie Goodwin, was taken 29th by the Phoenix Suns, while former Murray State standout Isaiah Cannan was taken as the 34th overall pick in the second round by the Houston Rockets.
Former Louisville standout Gorgui Dieng was taken with the 21st overall pick by the Utah Jazz, who then sent him to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Another former Cardinal, Peyton Siva, was drafted in the 2nd round by the Detroit Pistons.
College Basketball: The Courier Journal reports Louisville coach Rick Pitino is writing a new motivational book. The book titled “ The One Day Contract-How to Add Value to Every Minute of Your Life” is being co written by former Courier Journal sports writer Eric Crawford and is due out October 1st. It will be Pitino’s fourth motivational book.
Pitino is also up for an ESPY award from ESPN, nominated as best coach/manager of the year. The award will be presented during the ESPY Awards July 17th.
The logo for the 2014 Women’s Final Four to be held in Nashville was unveiled Thursday. The semi finals will be held April 6th, with the national championship game on April 8th. A recent report suggested the games be returned to a Friday-Sunday format, however that will not take place until the 2015 Final Four in Tampa.
NFL: The Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame is holding its induction ceremony this evening in Louisville. The five new members being enshrined are: Irv Goode, Coy Bacon, Chad Bratzke, Roman Oden and Otis Wilson.
Also receiving the Blanton Collier Integrity Award is the Harbaugh family, former WKU head coach Jack Harbaugh and sons Jim and John Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers and world champion Baltimore Ravens.
PGA Tour: Nashville’s Brandt Snedeker fired a two under par 69 and trails leader Roberto Castro by three strokes heading into today’s second round of the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club in Washington, DC.
On the Champions Tour, John Huston fired a 5 under 65 and has the lead heading into the second round of the Senior Players Championship in Pittsburgh. Paducah’s Russ Cochran is tied for second at four under, one shot back, while Kenny Perry had a one over par 71.
South Korea’s Ha Nuel Kim fired an opening round 6 under 66 and has the lead heading into the second round of the US Women’s Open.