Kentucky National Insurance/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament: 2nd region champ Henderson County cruised to a 10-0, 5 inning win over North Oldham. The Colonels are now 27-13-1 on the season and will face the winner of tonight’s Pleasure Ridge Park-Newport Central Catholic game in the quarterfinals Thursday at 5 pm Hopkinsville time.
Ohio Valley League Baseball: Following an off day, the Hoptown Hoppers finish up a road swing at the Tradewater Pirates tonight at Elmer Kelly Stadium in Madisonville. First pitch at 7 pm.
Elsewhere in the OVL this evening: Marion takes on Owensboro.
The Hoppers play their first home game tomorrow night against Fulton at 7:05 at Christian County’s Colonel Field. Pre game at 6:50 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
A full slate of games in the Major Leagues this evening including St. Louis at Houston, Cincinnati hosts Pittsburgh, Atlanta at Miami and the Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee.
Former Cincinnati Reds reliever Pedro Borbon, who was a key component to the Reds World Series titles in 1975 and 76 died Monday in Texas at the age of 65. Borbon died of complications from cancer.
The NBA Eastern Conference final continues this evening in Miami, with the Heat and the Boston Celtics tied at two games each.
High School Baseball: Play began Monday in the Kentucky National Insurance/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament in Lexington.
4th region winner South Warren won its first game in state competition defeating Central Hardin 5-1. The Spartans will face Woodford County in Wednesday’s second quarterfinal game. Woodford County defeated Powell County 4-3.
Other games saw Bishop Brossart defeat Pikeville 4-2 and St. X shutout Mercer County 4-0.
Henderson County of the 2nd region plays the first game of the day today against North Oldham at 10 am. 1st region winner Calloway County meets 3rd region winner Meade County at 12:30. Other action has Pleasure Ridge Park meeting Newport Central Catholic and South Laurel goes against Ashland. Today’s winners will play in the quarterfinal round Thursday.
High School Softball: Christian County continues preparations for its appearance in the Rawlings/KHSAA State Fast Pitch tournament Thursday against 9th region champ Ryle. First pitch from Jack Fisher Park in Owensboro at 5, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 4:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
High School Soccer: Christian County has named its new girls’ soccer coach. 25-year-old Josh Culver was announced Monday to replace Clint Willis, who coached both teams last season. Culver was an assistant on both staffs last season.
Ohio Valley League Baseball: The Hoptown Hoppers were off Monday, but participated in a Meet the Hoppers event at the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville.
The Hoppers are back in action today at Kelly Stadium in Madisonville against the Madisonville Pirates. First pitch at 7 pm.
Hoptown plays its home opener tomorrow night against Fulton at 7:05 at Colonel Field, with pre game coverage at 6:50 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Last night in the OVL: Madisonville had a brief tribute before the game to second baseman Reid Rizzo, who died tragically over the weekend, and defeated Owensboro 3-1 to move to the top of the league standings. Marion handed Fulton its fourth straight loss by defeating the Railroaders 15-7.
In addition to the Hoppers game this evening, Owensboro plays at Marion.
The Madisonville Messenger reports autopsy reports are still pending in the death of Madisonville Pirates second baseman Reid Rizzo, but his parents said Sunday he had cardiomyopathy. However, it’s not known if the heart condition led to Rizzo’s death. Hopkins County Coroner Dennis Mayfield says Rizzo’s death looked natural. He was found dead in a bed at the home of a host family around 11 am Saturday.
College Baseball: Vanderbilt saw its run in the NCAA tournament come to an end last night, falling to NC State 9-7. The Wolfpack now face top seed Florida in Super Regional action this weekend in Gainesville.
The Lexington Herald Leader reports sexual abuse and sodomy charges against former University of Kentucky basketball player Michael Porter were waived to a grand jury on Monday. Porter was arrested May 15th in a sting operation. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of having sexual contact with a girl who was 14, then 15 when the incidents occurred in 2009 and 2010. Porter met the girl while serving as a volunteer at a Lexington area church.
Christian County High School has named its new girls soccer coach. 25-year-old Josh Culver, who assisted Clint Willis in running both the boys and girls programs last season, will take over as the new coach for the girls program.
Making their first appearance in the Kentucky National Insurance/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament in Lexington, the South Warren Spartans of the 4th region defeated Central Hardin in today's opening game 3-1. The Spartans scored what proved to be the game winning runs in the bottom of the 6th inning on a bases loaded 2 out error. The Spartans now face the winner of Mercer County/St. X on Wednesday in the quarterfinals.
The Kentucky High School Athletics Association has announced its 2013 class of induction into the Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame. Next year’s class will include former Webster County basketball coach Jon Dee Wilson and three sport standout Pascal Benson of Henderson City High School.
Other inductees of note include the all time leading scorer in girls’ basketball in Kentucky Jamie Walz Richey, world champion sprinter Tyson Gay of Lexington, and legendary Elizabethtown baseball coach Ron Meyers. Inductees will be recognized at the Dawahares/KHSAA golf outing June 19th, with formal induction in the Hall to be held next March.
An autopsy is to be performed in Louisville on the body of Madisonville-Tradewater Pirates second baseman Reid Rizzo. The 20-year-old Rizzo was found dead in his bed of his host family’s home. The Madisonville Messenger quotes manager Steve Fowler as saying foul play is not suspected in Rizzo’s death.
Rizzo, a Cincinnati native, just completed his sophomore season at Lake Erie College. Rizzo hit .252 with 14 RBI in his sophomore campaign.
The Pirates plan to wear their black uniforms in this evening’s game against Owensboro to honor Rizzo.
Other action in the Ohio Valley League has Marion at Fulton. The Hoptown Hoppers are off today, but the public can meet the team at the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville—formerly known as the Pennyroyal Area Museum from 4-5:30 this afternoon.
Vanderbilt’s baseball team is one win away from reaching the NCAA Super Regionals if they can defeat NC State tonight in the Raleigh regional. Last night, the Wolfpack handed the Commordores their first loss in the regional 6-5. The winner plays top seeded Florida in Super Regional action next weekend in Gainesville.
The Courier Journal reports former Virginia Tech basketball commitment Montrezl Harrell committed today to play for the University of Louisville. Harrell made his commitment after visiting Louisville this weekend. The 6-7 Harrell played last season at Hargraves Military Academy was released from his letter from Tech following coach Seth Greenberg’s firing following last season and will enroll at U of L this fall.
Two afternoon games of note in Major League Baseball today, with St. Louis at the New York Mets and the Chicago Cubs host San Francisco.
Oklahoma City and San Antonio play game five of their NBA Western Conference final series tonight on the Spurs home floor. The series is tied 2-2.
Game three of the NHL Stanley Cup final is tonight in Los Angeles, with the Kings leading the New Jersey Devils 2-0.
High School Baseball: Play begins today in the Kentucky National Insurance/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington.
Action includes 4th region winner South Warren, making its first ever appearance meeting 5th region winner Central Hardin at 10 am Hopkinsville time.
Other games today have Mercer County meeting St. X, Pikeville goes against Bishop Brossart and Woodford County meets Powell County.
2nd region winner Henderson County opens play tomorrow morning at 10 Hopkinsville time against North Oldham.
High School Softball: Christian County begins play in the Rawlings/KHSAA State Fast Pitch Tournament Thursday afternoon at 5 against 9th region winner Ryle. Coverage with the Heritage Bank pre game show from Jack Fisher Park in Owensboro begins at 4:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
High School Soccer: Christian County High School is to have a news conference at 1 this afternoon concerning the soccer program.
Hoppers Baseball: Following an off day Saturday, the Hoptown Hoppers returned to Ohio Valley League action Sunday at Marion and lost 5-3.
Marion built up a 4-0 lead after four innings before the Hoppers scored three times in the top of the 7th on a home run by Jim Nelson. The Bobcats added a run in the bottom of the 8th inning. Former UHA standout Kyle Barbee was 0-2 in the game as Taylor Veillion took the pitching loss for the Hoppers. Both teams are 1-1 on the season.
The Hoppers are off today, but the public is invited to come and meet the team from 4-6:30 at the Pennyroyal Area Museum.
Elsewhere in the Ohio Valley League Sunday: Owensboro improved to 2-0 on the season with a 6-5, 11 inning win over Fulton.
Today’s games have Marion at Fulton and Owensboro at Tradewater.
Golf: Austin Peay golfer Brian Balthrop won the Commanding General’s Golf Tournament contested this weekend at Cole Park Golf Course at Fort Campbell.
Balthrop fired a five under par 67 Sunday for a two day total of 135 and was a three shot winner over Hopkinsville’s Rick Scott who finished three shots back at 138. Christian County High golfer TJ Ferry finished tied for fifth with a two day total of 143, while Hopkinsville’s Dayton Jones and Logan Loftus tied for 10th in the event.
College Baseball: Kentucky was eliminated in the final of the Gary regional 3-2 by Kent State, just two days after playing a 21 inning game against the Golden Flashes. Kentucky finished the winningest season in school history at 45-17.
Austin Peay was eliminated in the final game of the Eugene Regional Sunday 8-1 by host Oregon. The Governors finished the season 40-24.
Louisville lost in the Tucson regional final to host Arizona 16-3. Vanderbilt dropped the first game of the Raleigh regional final to NC State 6-5, with the final this evening. The winner gets top seeded Florida in Super Regional play next weekend in Gainesville.
NFL: The Tennessee Titans have started orgranized team workouts, with the Tennessean reporting both starting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and second year man Jake Locker sharing snaps with the first team offense.
Hasselbeck says he welcomes the challenges of competing with Locker for the starting position.
Minor League Baseball: The Nashville Sounds lost 7-3 to New Orleans, with game three tonight at 7:05 in Greer Stadium.
The Bowling Green Hot Rods lost to Dayton 5-4, with the finale of the series tonight at Bowling Green Ballpark.
Heritage Christian Academy's baseball team lost in the state finals in Georgetown to Lakeside 2-1 on Saturday. Alex Walker, Matt Johnson and Aaron Workman were named to the All Tournament Team, while Alex Walker, Nathan Workman and Jameson Murray were named to the All State team.
Meanwhile, the Lady Warriors softball team lost to Lakeside 10-6 in the semi final round. Kelly Faulkner was named to the All Tournament team, while Alden Gray was named to the All State team and was selected as KCAA Miss Softball.
High School Softball: Christian County will meet Ryle in its opening game of the Rawlings/KHSAA State Fast Pitch Tournament in Owensboro Thursday afternoon at 5. Ryle defeated Conner 2-1 in the 9th region championship game Saturday.
Hoppers Baseball: The game between the Hoppers and the Tradewater Pirates was cancelled Saturday night in Madisonville. The game will be rescheduled at a later date. The game was cancelled because of the tragic death of Pirate Reid Rizzo, who according to the Tradewater Pirates website, died in his sleep Saturday morning. It will be made up at a later date. The Hoppers are back in action this afternoon at Marion at 2:05.
College Baseball: Kentucky stayed alive in the Gary regional defeating Valparaiso 8-1 and will play again Sunday afternoon. Austin Peay got a 1-0 win over Indiana State in the Eugene regional and will play an elimination game at noon today. Vanderbilt scored four runs in the bottom of the 8th and defeated North Carolina State 9-8 and is a win away from making the Super Regional with a win today.