Baseball: #10 Kentucky splits Friday’s doubleheader with #8 LSU

April 21, 2017



Cats Split Doubleheader, Aim to Win Series on Sunday

No. 10 Kentucky left searching for breakthrough hit in the nightcap


LEXINGTON, Ky. – No. 10 Kentucky split a Friday doubleheader with No. 8 LSU, falling 4-3 in a tense nightcap that saw the Tigers manage one more hit in a critical spot than the Wildcats could muster. UK won the opener 12-5 behind a pair of home runs by Luke Becker and Riley Mahan’s five-hit game.


The Cats (27-13, 11-6 SEC) maintained their two-game lead in the SEC East, but certainly were looking for more on a night when they took a 3-0 lead through four innings against LSU’s top starter, Alex Lange. UK drew eight walks and had seven hits against Lange in 5.2 innings but were 0-for-6 with the bases loaded, leaving them juiced in the second, third and fourth innings.

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FP Softball: Pool play schedule for All A Classic beginning to fall in place

The Middlesboro Lady Jackets clinched their 13th Region All A Softball title a couple of weeks ago.  The rest of the All A State Softball Tournament field is now beginning to fall in place as more regional titles are decided.  Here’s the updated pool play schedule for the state tournament as of April 20th.

Middlesboro baseball defeats Hazard in All A State Tournament sectional action

Middlesboro baseball finally got their sectional win over Hazard 2-1 in the All A State Baseball Tournament and with the win advances to the Elite 8 in Lexington. The Yellow Jackets will face the winner of the sectional game between the winners of Region 15 Pikeville and Region 16 West Carter at 2:30pm on Saturday May 6th.
Here’s the state tournament bracket:

UK Baseball: Cats pull off triple play, defeat #2 Louisville 11-7

Early Runs, Triple Play Highlight No. 10 Kentucky’s Win

Wildcats defeat No. 2 Louisville 11-7 in front of record home crowd


LEXINGTON, Ky. – Playing in front of a record crowd, No. 10 Kentucky came out of the gates with a five-run first inning on the way to an 11-7 victory over No. 2 Louisville in the first of four games against Top 10 opponents this week at Cliff Hagan Stadium.


The Cats (26-12, 10-5 SEC) blitzed their in-state rival for 11 runs in the first four innings, igniting the Cliff Hagan record crowd of 4,018 fans. Five consecutive RBI singles in the first inning and a four-run third capped by senior Connor Heady’s home run provided most of the damage at the plate but it was a defensive play that left everyone buzzing.

Tyler Marshall #3, Connor Heady #7 react after UK completed a triple play in the second inning – Chet White, UK Athletics

The Cardinals (31-5) put their first two hitters on base in the second inning before the Cats extricated themselves from the potential jam in the most exciting way possible. With runners on second and third, Colin Lyman lifted a fly ball to left that Zack Reks caught and fired home to nail Brendan McKay, who tagged up on the play, at the plate. UK catcher Troy Squires made the tag and quickly fired to third where Heady – the UK shortstop – had covered and gloved Drew Ellis before he reached the bag, executing a rare triple play.
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Bell County Fair Board supports area youth with donation to First Tee Pine Mountain

The Bell County Fair Board, represented by Fair Board President Rob Lincks and Treasurer Tammy Grim, recently presented a check in support of The First Tee of Pine Mountain to Pine Mountain State Golf Course Head Professional Jerry Shoffner.

The First Tee reaches young people in all 50 states and select international locations on golf courses, in elementary schools and through other youth-serving organizations.

The First Tee encourages youth to dream big and practice effective goal-setting techniques they can use for life. From aces to triple bogeys, golf is a perfect platform for helping kids and teens develop character as it closely parallels real life. Just like in life, junior golfers experience the highs and lows of the game.

Their curriculum was developed by experts in the field of positive youth development and is delivered by coaches trained through The First Tee Coach Program. Their mission is to help prepare kids and teens of all backgrounds for success in school, at home and in their community. Their more than 1,000 locations offer full scholarships and reduces fee programming for those with financial needs so no one is ever turned away for inability to pay.

For more information about The First Tee Pine Mountain, including ways you can help support our area youth and this outstanding program that can make a difference in a young life, visit or call 606-337-1066

HS Track & Field: Results from Knox Central’s Tommy Smith Invitational

Women – Team Rankings – 18 Events Scored
1) Harlan County High School 182.50
2) Southwestern High School 132
3) Knox Central High School 111.50
4) Middlesboro 92
5) Bell County 52
6) Pineville Track & Field 35
7) Clay County High School 29
8) Harlan Independent 20
9) Whitley County 13

Middlesboro’s Jocelyn Wright, Mallory James, Makena Schneider and Grace Rose win 4×800 Meter Relay
Middlesboro’s Mallory James wins Girls 1600 Meter Run and 3200 Meter Run

Men – Team Rankings – 18 Events Scored
1) Southwestern High School 191
2) Harlan County High School 120
3) Whitley County 111
4) Knox Central High School 99
5) Middlesboro 58
6) Bell County 50
7) Clay County High School 38
8) Harlan Independent 13
9) Pineville Track & Field 2

Bell County’s Mitchell Miracle wins Boys 1600 Meter Run and 3200 Meter Run
Bell County’s Dalton Raby wins Boys Shot Put

Men’s Basketball: Gilgeous-Alexander wins Ky. Derby Festival Classic MVP

UK men’s basketball signee erupts for 29 points in 19 minutes

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Playing just an hour down the road from where he will play college ball in a few months, Kentucky men’s basketball signee Shai Gilgeous-Alexander put on a show at the Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic en route to sharing MVP honors with Western Kentucky’s Taveion Hollingsworth.

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Akhator, Epps make Kentucky women’s basketball history in 2017 WNBA Draft

Evelyn Akhator, Makayla Epps become first UK duo taken in same draft in program history


LEXINGT­­­ON, Ky. – University of Kentucky women’s basketball stars Evelyn Akhator and Makayla Epps will begin their professional careers in the Women’s National Basketball Association as both were selected in the 2017 WNBA Draft, which was held Thursday night in New York City.


Akhator was selected third overall by the Dallas Wings, becoming the highest draft pick in school history. Akhator is the third player in program history to be a first-round selection and the first since A’dia Mathies in 2013. Epps became the fifth Matthew Mitchell coached player to be selected, going 33rd overall to the Chicago Sky.

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UK Baseball: #10 Cats shutout UT Martin 8-0

Senior OF Zach Reks launches a 1st inning home run.      UK Photo / Elliott Hess

Thompson’s Career-Long Outing Sparks Shutout Victory

Zack Reks, Evan White each hit home runs to lead No. 10 Kentucky’s offense


LEXINGTON, Ky. – Zack Thompson pitched a career-high 6.2 innings of scoreless baseball and Evan White crushed a three-run home run as part of a career-high four-RBI night to lead No. 10 Kentucky to an 8-0 win in front of 2,511 fans at Cliff Hagan Stadium.


The Wildcats moved to 23-11 overall and will take their 8-4 record and first place standing in the Southeastern Conference play on the road to Missouri this weekend for a three-game series.  The win over UT Martin improved the Cats’ record at home to 16-2 on the season and was the 700th at Cliff Hagan Stadium since its opening in 1979.

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UK Men: Humphries also moving on, announces his intentions to turn pro

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Sophomore forward Isaac Humphries, who nearly lifted Kentucky to the Final Four this past season with an unforgettable performance in the Elite Eight vs. North Carolina, is turning professional. Humphries will pursue options in the NBA and internationally.


Humphries plans to sign with an agent, which would effectively end his collegiate eligibility at Kentucky.


“First and foremost, I want to thank the Big Blue Nation for its unwavering support,” Humphries said. “Coming from Australia, I had no idea what to expect when I got to Kentucky, but you made me one of your own. Your support and passion over the last two years has been unbelievable. I can’t thank you enough for making me feel at home.

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