Hoppers Baseball: The first year Hoptown Hoppers are champions of the Ohio Valley League following a second straight 7-6 win over Fulton in the OVL championship game Monday night at Colonel Field.
The Hoppers struck early, thanks to a three run homerun by Phillip Menou in the bottom of the first inning. The Hoppers built their lead to 5-0 after three innings, then Fulton scored three times in the top of the 5th to pull to within 5-3. The Hoppers added single runs in the bottom of the 5th and 7th innings, while Fulton scored three times in the last two innings.
Fernando Tanaka, along with Menou led the Hopper hitting attack with two hits each. Former Christian County pitcher Kyle Spencer got the win in relief of starter Will Hammock, with Phillip Menou getting the savefor the Hoppers who finish the season 32-14, while Fulton finished 26-20.
A record crowd of 614 watched the contest, with that figure moving the Hoppers above the 7,500 mark for the season.
High School Golf: The regular season began yesterday with Christian County, Hopkinsville and University Heights playing in the Daviess County Invitational.
Daviess County won the event with 305, Hopkinsville had 315 and University Heights scored 330.
Christian County’s TJ Ferry was the individual winner with a 71, Grainger Greenwell of Christian County fired 90 and Logan Patterson had 101.
Jack Gardner led Hopkinsville with 73, followed by Dylan Henderson and TJ Janes each with 80, Jay Camp 82 and Wade Perry 90.
University Heights was led by Cameron Allen with 73, Austin Knight had 78, Tadd Switzer 79, Hendley Traughber 100 and Adam Stone with 108.
College Basketball: Kentucky coach John Calipari says he wants to work out a schedule where Kentucky, Indiana, Louisville, North Carolina and Kansas play home and home each season. Calipari tells ESPN’s Andy Katz the scheduling rotation would feature each team playing two home games and two road games against the group each season. Kentucky is playing only Louisville from the teams mentioned this coming season.
NFL: The Tennessee Titans are mourning the loss of wide receiver OJ Murdock who was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head in his car outside his former high school in Tampa, FL Monday morning. The 25-year-old Murdock was an undrafted free agent who missed all of last season with an Achillies tendon injury according to the Tennessean.
The Ohio Valley Baseball League championship will be decided this evening as the Hoptown Hoppers meet the Fulton Railroaders at Colonel Field at 7:05, with pre game coverage at 6:50 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and worldwide at whopam.com.
Fans are asked to bring non perishable food items for the Aaron McNeil House and receive $2.50 tickets. Hopper fans are also encouraged to wear red this evening.
Major League Baseball tonight includes Cincinnati hosting San Diego, Atlanta welcomes Miami and the Chicago Cubs host Pittsburgh.
At the London Olympics, the US women’s basketball team meets Angola today. The US has also claimed another medal in the pool, as David Boudia and Nick McCrory win bronze in the 10 meter synchronized platform diving.
Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari says he wants to work out a schedule where Kentucky, Indiana, Louisville, North Carolina and Kansas home and home each season. Calipari tells ESPN’s Andy Katz the scheduling rotation would feature each team playing two home games and two road games against the group each season. Kentucky is playing only Louisville from the teams mentioned this coming season.
The University of Louisville extended the contract of women’s basketball coach Jeff Walz over the weekend. According to the Courier Journal, Walz’ contract was extended to go through the 2018-19 season. Walz has been the head coach since 2007 with a 119-56 mark and four appearances in the NCAA tournament.
Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak says the quarterback competition between Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker is wide open. Both are alternating reps during practice, a pattern which will likely continue until a decision is made.
Munchak says he wants the decision to be made by the Titans third pre season game against Arizona on August 23rd in Nashville. Munchak targeted that date for the good of team chemistry and preparation for the regular season.
Hoppers Baseball: The season comes down to one final game as the Hoptown Hoppers defeated Fulton 7-6 in game two of the Ohio Valley League championship series Sunday night at Colonel Field.
Fulton grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, before the Hoppers scored three times in the bottom of the inning. The Railroaders added single runs in the second and third innings to tie the game at 3, before the Hoppers reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the 3rd at 4-3.
The Hoppers added another run in the bottom of the 4th to go up 5-3, before Fulton plated a run in the top of the 5th to make it 5-4. Kaleb Brown had a two run single in the bottom of the 5th to give the Hoppers a 7-4 lead. Fulton would score two runs in the 8th to pull to within one at the final score of 7-6.
Brown and Seth Bancroft each had two hits for the Hoppers as Clayton Dugan picked up the pitching win, with Tyler Vails getting the save. Starter Daniel Szathmary took the loss for Fulton.
The championship game is tonight at 7:05 at Colonel Field, with pre game coverage at 6:50 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Fans are asked to bring non perishable food items for the Aaron McNeil house this evening and receive $2.50 tickets.
It was also announced at last night’s game that general manager Finney Noffsinger’s contract has been extended for the 2013 season.
Golf: Anthony Dempsey won the Garland Nissan City Am tournament for the third time Sunday. Dempsey defeated Logan Loftus on the first playoff hole to claim his second crown in as many years.
Dempsey and Loftus tied at 211, with Dayton Jones finishing third at 216 in the open division.
Chip Miles won the senior division with a 225 score, one stroke better than Randy Chadwick and David Hargrove.
Kelly Roberts won the super senior division with a 239, two strokes better than Howard Wooden’s 241.
Howard Fuller won the super super senior division with a 248 score.
Hoppers Baseball: The Hoptown Hoppers lost game one of the Ohio Valley League championship series 12-4 at Fulton Saturday night. Angelo Burrage hit two home runs for the Railroaders, while the Hoppers were held to just six hits. Starting pitcher Taylor Veillon took the loss for the Hoppers as he was one of five pitchers used in the game.
Game two of the series is this evening at 7:05 at Colonel Field, with the Hoppers pre game show at 6:50 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP. The Hoppers must win this evening to send the series to a third game, which would be Monday night at Colonel Field.
Golf: There's a two way tie atop the leaderboard following the second round of the Garland Nissan City Am.Defending champion Anthony Dempsey and Dayton Jones share the lead at 139 following Saturday's play at the Links at Novadell. Dempsey fired a two under par 70, while Jones fired a 67. Jonathan Grabara sits in third place two strokes back at 141, while Logan Loftus is fourth at 142.
Chip Miles and David Hargrove are tied for the lead in the senior division, with both golfers at 148, while Donnie Morris is third at 150.
Kelly Roberts at 153 leads Howard Wooten by one stroke in the Super Senior division, while Howard Fuller leads the Super Super Senior division at 164.The final round is today at Hopkinsville Golf and Country Club.