Hoppers Baseball: The Hoptown Hoppers saw their six game winning streak come to an end last night at Fulton as the Railroaders came away with a 7-2 victory.
After the teams scored runs in the first inning, Fulton added two runs in the second and then four runs in the fourth and fifth innings before the Hoppers scored a lone run in the 9th.
Cole Isom took the pitching loss going five innings, allowing all 7 runs- 6 earned on 10 hits, striking out 5 and walking one. Brad Sevenish had two hits including a home run, with Brandon Powell adding a pair of singles.
The Hoppers are now 21-10 on the season and lead Fulton, now 19-13 by 2 ½ games. The teams play again this evening at Tiger Field. First pitch is at 7:05, with pre game coverage at 6:45 on News/Talk WHOP and online at whopam.com.
Other OVL action last night saw Madisonville defeat Owensboro 9-8 and Dubois County defeated Marion 10-6. Tonight’s other OVL games have Marion hosting Dubois County and Madisonville goes to Owensboro.
Minor League Baseball: The Bowling Green Hot Rods opened a series at Quad City with a 8-2 victory. Game two of the three game series is this evening.
The Nashville Sounds were swept by Albuquerque 9-2 Wednesday night. The Sounds open a four game home stand with the Memphis Redbirds at Greer Stadium this evening.
High School Sports: The Courier Journal reported Wednesday Forcht Bank will be the new corporate sponsor for the King of the Bluegrass basketball tournament at Fairdale High School in Louisville. Four teams that won regional titles in Kentucky last year including 2nd region winner Hopkinsville are in the field. The tournament will be held December 19-23.
University Heights is beginning its search for a new baseball coach. The Kentucky New Era reports Scott Peck announced his resignation after three seasons Wednesday. Peck was 30-47 during his time as coach and served as an assistant one season before becoming the Blazers head coach. Peck is the second 8th district coach to resign his post since the end of the season.
Trigg County has announced the hiring of three new head coaches. The Kentucky New Era reports Russell Malone has been named as the Wildcats new girls basketball coach. Julian Williams, who has served as assistant volleyball coach the last two seasons has been elevated to head coach and Josh Abner has been named as the boys and girls cross country coach.
Former Trigg County basketball player Dee Murphy is signing a collegiate letter today. Murphy is slated to sign to play with Union College.
Golf: Princeton’s Emma Talley finished second at the Women’s Kentucky Open which concluded Wednesday at Oxmoor Country Club in Louisville. Talley fired a final round one under 71 and lost to Louisville’s Lindsay Gahm by one stroke. Gahm fired a two under par 70 to claim the victory.
Franklin’s Kenny Perry was named Wednesday as the Champions Tour Player of the Month for June. Perry won his first major at the Constellation Senior Players Championship, after earlier in the month finishing as runner up at the Senior PGA Championship. Perry finished tied for 3rd at the Encompass Championship and tied for 15th at the Regions Tradition.
The final major of the season for the Champions Tour—the US Senior Open---begins today at Omaha Country Club in Omaha, NE.
College Football: Austin Peay announced Wednesday its home opening Ohio Valley Conference game with Eastern Illinois is moving to a new day. Instead of being on October 12th, the game has been moved to Thursday October 10th at 6 pm in Governors Stadium. The game was moved because of fall break at the school that weekend.
Austin Peay opens the season with five road games, including the season opener at Tennessee August 31st.
The Lexington Herald Leader reports Kentucky safety Ashely Lowery was cited for DUI following the horrific car accident in which he was injured in his home state of Georgia May 4th.
A police report said the Cleveland, GA native had a blood alcohol level of 0.139 more than two hours after the crash. The legal limit in Georgia is 0.08. Lowery was also cited on other traffic violations. A UK spokesman said Lowery is still on the team, with Coach Mark Stoops saying he will let the legal process take its course and address the issue at the appropriate time.
No court date has been set, however Georgia court officials say the case may not be heard for anywhere from six months to a year.
College Basketball: The Lexington Center Corporation Board of Directors formally approved Wednesday the hiring of Seattle based architectural firm NBBJ to design the new Rupp Arena and Indianapolis based Hunt Construction group will build the facility.
Groundbreaking ceremonies are scheduled in the fall of 2014. NBBJ designed the $136 million renovation of Pauley Pavilion at UCLA among a number of projects. Hunt Construction was involved in the original construction of Rupp Arena in the 1970’s and most recently built the Amway Center, used by the NBA’s Orlando Magic.
During a news conference, Governor Steve Beshear said Rupp Arena needs to be a state of the art facility. The big question is how the massive renovation will be funded.
Austin Peay released its men’s basketball schedule Wednesday. Among games on the Governors schedule are road games at Memphis and Vanderbilt. The Governors will play at Memphis November 14th after opening the season November 8th against Oakland City.
Austin Peay travels to Vandy December 17th and Lipscomb December 19th. The Governors first Ohio Valley Conference game will be against UT Martin at the Dunn Center January 2nd.
Ole Miss announced Wednesday the suspension of guard Marshall Henderson indefinitely. A news release from the school did not explain what led to the suspension other than a violation of team rules.
Coach Andy Kennedy was quoted as saying Henderson must do a better job of living up to the high standard they expect from him and that he desires from himself. Henderson led the Rebels to the SEC tournament championship and a trip to the NCAA tournament. He averaged almost 21 points per game.
NHL: The Nashville Predators announced Wednesday the signing of first round draft pick Seth Jones. The 18-year-old defenseman signed a three year entry level contract. The base salary is $925,000 and with bonuses could be worth $3.2 million. The son of former Murray State and NBA player Popeye Jones was selected as the number four overall pick in the NHL Draft June 30th.