Hoppers Baseball: The Hoptown Hoppers won their fifth game in a row and their 20th of the Ohio Valley League season with a dramatic 4-3 win over Owensboro at Tiger Field Monday night.
The Hoppers took an early 1-0 lead in the 3rd inning and led 3-0 after 7, before Owensboro stormed back with two runs in the 8th off relievers Mason Colquitt and Trevor Blocker. The Oilers then tied the game in the top of the 9th at 3-3. In the bottom of the 9th, John Beary led off with a single to center, was sacrificed to second by Seth Larue, then Beary advanced to third when no one was covering the base.
Owensboro reliever Edwin Reyes then tried to pick Beary off third and threw the ball away allowing the winning run to score. Trevor Blocker in relief picked up his fourth win of the season. Not only did Beary score the winning run, he led the Hoppers with three hits, with Henry Rowland connecting for two hits.
The Hoppers are now 20-9 and lead Fulton by 2 ½ games and Owensboro and Madisonville by 5 games as the Oilers and Pirates are tied for third.
Madisonville was a 10-1 winner last night at Marion.
Tonight in the OVL: Hoptown plays its second home game in as many nights hosting Madisonville. It’s Michael Venable State Farm Insurance night, with fans asked to bring non perishable food items for the Aaron McNeil House and receive $2 admission.
First pitch from Tiger Field is at 7:05, with pre game coverage on the air at 6:45 on News/Talk WHOP and worldwide at whopam.com.
Other OVL games have Fulton hosting Dubois County and Owensboro welcomes Marion.
Minor League Baseball: The Bowling Green Hot Rods lost the series finale Monday to Lansing 6-2 at Bowling Green Ballpark. The Hot Rods are idle today, before opening a series at Quad City tomorrow.
The Nashville Sounds lost the opener at Albuquerque 6-5 in a rain shortened five inning game. Game two of the series is this evening.
Golf: The GO Junior series played Monday at the Links at Novadell. Hopkinsville’s TJ Janes won the Boys 16-18 championship with a 73, Tadd Switzer was second with 74, Wade Perry had 81, with Dylan Henderson scoring an 82 and Nick Gary firing a 84.
Austin Knight won the Boys 13-15 championship scoring a 73, Chandler Campbell was fourth with an 82, Grant Stamper was fifth with a 83, with Adam Stone sixth with a 102.
In the Boys 13-15 nine hole championship, Wesley Kennedy was the winner with 43, Layton Gibson third with 46, Cody Dulin of Crofton 4th with 48, Harrison Crawford had 57 and Edward Lee Major with 59.
Weston Wood of Crofton was third in the Boys 11-12 nine hole championship with 57, Mack Major was fourth with 63.
Hopkinsville’s Dacie Bolton won the Girls 13-15 division with an 86, Mattison Lawrence was third with 94, Jessica Shelton fourth with 99 and Bailey Downs fifth with 107.
Hopkinsville’s Caitlyn Shelton was third in the nine hole Girls 13-15 championship with a 57 and Anna Blane was second in the six hole Girls 9-10 championship with a 41.
College Football: The Lexington Herald Leader reports University of Kentucky prospect TV Williams will announce this evening where he will play collegiately in 2014. Williams is a three star wide receiver from McKinney, TX. Kentucky is one of five finalists which include Nebraska, Oregon State, Iowa and Houston.
Meanwhile, safety Ashely Lowery, who was injured in a horrific car accident in his home state of Georgia back in the spring, has been cleared to begin workouts with the team again. Lowery was a starter for a good bit of the 2012 season.
Three UK players were also given pre season honors Monday. Senior linebacker Avery Williamson, junior defensive end Alvin “Bud” Dupree and sophomore punter Landon Foster were named pre season All Southeastern Conference performers by the website College Sports Madness.com.
Austin Peay announced Monday one of its projected defensive standouts has been lost for the 2013 season. The school issued a news release saying defensive end Earnest Smith tore an Achilles tendon while doing a routine change of direction drill three weeks ago.
Coach Kirby Cannon announced Smith underwent surgery last week. Smith impressed the Governors new coach during spring drills and led the Governors in tackling among defensive linemen with 44 last season.
Two Western Kentucky players have been named to award watch lists. Senior running back Antonio Andrews has been named to the Maxwell Award watch list. The former Fort Campbell Falcon led the nation in all purpose yards last season with 3,161—including 1,728 rushing yards. The Maxwell Award is presented to the nation’s outstanding offensive player
Junior linebacker Andrew Jackson has been named to the Bednarik Award watch list. Jackson had 122 tackles and four forced fumbles last season. The Bednarik Award is presented to the nation’s top defensive player.