Hoppers Baseball: Trevor Lowe hit a 1-0 pitch from Fulton’s Caleb Shelley for a grand slam home run in the bottom of the 8th inning to give the Hoptown Hoppers a 9-8 victory at Tiger Field last night.
Mitch Huckabay also went yard for the Hoppers in the win. Lowe and Huckabay, along with Brandon Powell each had two hits in the game, while Kyle Barbee in relief of starter Dustin Tuck picked up the pitching win, while Jake Bell got the save.
The Hoppers improved to 22-10 with the victory and now lead Fulton by 3 ½ game in the Ohio Valley League race. Hoptown returns to action this evening at Dubois County.
Elsewhere in the OVL last night: Owensboro defeated Madisonville 6-4 and Dubois County rolled over Marion 10-2.
Other games in the OVL this evening have Owensboro at Fulton and Marion at Madisonville.
College Football: Two more members of Kentucky’s team were dismissed on Thursday. A UK spokesman says sophomore linebacker Pancho Thomas and incoming freshman running back Khalid Thomas were dismissed for a violation of team rules. The Tallahassee, Florida natives were reportedly arrested on July 6th on drug charges according to a story in today’s Lexington Herald Leader.
Kentucky has announced its football Fan Day will be held August 9th at Commonwealth Stadium. The Wildcat players and coaches will sign autographs then go through a workout after which a fireworks show will be held. Gates will open at 5 pm Hopkinsville time for the event.
Sports Illustrated has ranked Western Kentucky coach Bobby Petrino as one of the top 10 coaches in the nation. Petrino is ranked ninth in the list composed by columnist Stewart Mandel. Mandel says Petrino’s offensive game planning and play calling aptitude is hard to dispute, despite some lacking as he calls it in the charm and ethics department. Alabama’s Nick Saban was ranked number one in the list.
College Basketball: Kentucky’s annual Big Blue Madness will be held on October 18th at Rupp Arena. It will be the official unveiling of coach John Calipari’s top ranked recruiting class. Tickets for the event will be distributed beginning October 5th at Memorial Coliseum and online at ticketmaster.com.
Princeton native and former WKU and NBA star Greg Smith will be one of three new members of the school’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni inducted this fall. Smith came to the Hill with his brother Dwight and Clem Haskins and were among the the first African Americans to play basketball there.
Smith played at Princeton Dotson High before coming to WKU, then was drafted by both the Kentucky Colonels of the ABA and the Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA. He went to Milwaukee in 1968 and played on an NBA championship team three years later. Smith also played with the Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers during his NBA career. The school says the induction ceremony will take place October 25th as part of WKU’s Homecoming activities.
Golf: Franklin’s Kenny Perry is in a seven way tie for first place heading into the 2nd round of the US Senior Open at Omaha Country Club. Perry, Tom Lehman, Mark O’Meara and Fred Funk were among those firing an opening round 67 Thursday. Perry has already won one major on the Champions Tour this season.
Defending champion Zach Johnson and Camillo Villegas each fired opening round 64’s at the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic Thursday. Three golfers are one shot back going into today’s second round.