2017 Middlesboro Teeball Champions

Dream Big Construction defeated Home Federal 29-12 in the championship game to win the 2017 Middlesboro Teeball championship. Dream Big Construction was a perfect 13-0 on the season.                         Photo submitted

State Softball and Baseball report for Saturday June 10th


North Laurel had advanced with a 2-0 win over Leslie County on Thursday, but dropped two lopsided decisions on Friday, 14-0 to Louisville Male and then 17-0 to Woodford County in an elimination game to fall out of the tournament.  The Lady Jaguars finished 28-8 on the season.


Knox Central, a 9-4 winner over Boyle County in first round play on Thursday, is one of eight teams still in pursuit of a state baseball championship as play continues Saturday.  The Panthers will meet Marion County at 1:30 in quarterfinal action in Lexington.  The Saturday schedule: Simon Kenton vs. Muhlenberg County at 11am, Knox Central vs Marion County at 1:30pm, McCracken County vs. Scott County at 6pm and Highlands vs. PRP at 8:30pm.

Softball: 13th Region’s North Laurel advances at KHSAA State Tournament

13th Region representative North Laurel scored a pair of unearned runs in the fifth inning and made them stand up in a 2-0 win over Leslie County at the KHSAA State Softball Tournament in Owensboro on Thursday.  Payten Gregory with the win for the Lady Jaguars.  North Laurel’s Friday morning opponent will be Louisville Male, a 4-0 winner over McCracken County on Thursday.  Leslie County will play McCracken County in an elimination game also on Friday morning.

Baseball: Whitaker Bank/KHSAA State Baseball Friday report

13th Region rep Knox Central with an opening round win over Boyle County. Here’s the box score.  Other first round scores and schedules follow.

Thursday’s Games
Knox Central 9 Boyle County 4
Marion County 7 Hazard 4 (8 innings)
Muhlenberg County 4 Rowan County 3 (9 innings)
Simon Kenton 3 George Rogers Clark 1
Friday’s Schedule
McCracken County vs. Louisville Trinity  11am
PRP vs. Franklin-Simpson  1:30pm
Scott County vs. Caldwell County  6pm
Highlands vs. Johnson Central  8:30pm
Saturday’s Schedule
Muhlenberg County vs. Simon Kenton  11am
Knox Central vs. Marion County  1:30pm

Track & Field: Pole vault win by Gruver has UK women in contention at NCAA Outdoors

UK sophomore Olivia Gruver’s winning vault of 14 feet 9 inches…..Photo by Chet White / UK Athletics

EUGENE, Ore. – Sophomore Olivia Gruver won Kentucky’s seventh individual NCAA Outdoor Title, and first in the pole vault, to springboard the Wildcats into second place in the team standings after the first day of women’s competition on Thursday.

Gruver’s winning clearance of 14-feet, nine inches/4.50 meters scored 10 points, and Sha’Keela Saunders added four with a fifth-place finish in the long jump, giving UK 14 points through six of 21 events. Georgia leads with 24.2 points, Arizona State is third with 13, Kansas is fourth with 12 and Arkansas is fifth with 11.2.

“It’s just surreal.” Gruver said. “I don’t even know what’s happening, but it’s fun. I love competing against great people because you know that when you win, you’re good. It’s crazy, but I want to say that everyone did a great job today.”

Gruver — top qualifier out of the East Preliminary Championships on her home runway 14 days ago –recovered well from failing to clear any height at the Southeastern Conference Championships earlier this season.

She took bronze in the NCAA and SEC Indoor Championships earlier this year. Gruver advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Championships finals site last year, where she placed 21st having cleared 13’3.5″/4.05m. Continue reading

Track & Field: Pole vault win by Gruver has UK women in contention at NCAA Outdoors

Fast-pitch softball has given girls college opportunities


When Emily Gaines started playing fast-pitch softball as a 9-year-old, she was hooked: “I fell in love with it,” she said.

As an eighth-grader, Gaines cracked the starting lineup for South Laurel.

By the end of her high school career, she had written her name in the state record book as the all-time leader in hits (349), doubles (104) and consecutive games hitting streak (52), and was named Miss Softball.

Gaines earned a scholarship to Kentucky, where as a senior she was the Cats’ starting right fielder. In her last game, in UK’s first-ever appearance in the College Women’s World Series, she hit a home run.

“It was an amazing way to end my softball career,” she said.

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Fast-pitch softball has given girls college opportunities

Baseball: Cats advance to first-ever Super Regional!

Cats celebrate after winning the Lexington Regional Photo by UK Athletics

Wildcats win three straight elimination games to take Lexington Regional

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky Baseball team had waited 121 years for this moment, so a couple extra hours didn’t seem to matter all that much.

The top-seeded Wildcats roared from behind to defeat NC State, 10-5, and advance to the first Super Regional in program history. The victory was extra sweet, as the Cats won three consecutive elimination games, including back-to-back nights over the third-seeded Wolfpack.

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Baseball: Cats advance to first-ever Super Regional!

Baseball: Cats win two to set up a winner-take-all game with NC State

Wildcats will face NC State on Monday night for spot in Super Regional


LEXINGTON, Ky. – There will be Monday baseball at Cliff Hagan Stadium.


Top-seeded Kentucky forced another game in the Lexington Regional final with its 8-6 win over No. 3 seed NC State in front of 3,261 fans on a clear Sunday night at Cliff Hagan Stadium. It was the second do-or-die win of the day for the Wildcats, who again will face the Wolfpack on Monday night in a winner-take-all game to advance to the Super Regional in Louisville next week.


Monday’s game is set for 7 p.m. with NC State as the designated home team on the basis of having been the home team in fewer games during the regional.

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Baseball: Cats win two to set up a winner-take-all game with NC State

Baseball: NC State beats Kentucky 5-4. Cats face Indiana on Sunday.


Two-Out Rally Stings Kentucky in Tight Affair With NC State

Wildcats leave 10 men on base, must now win three games in two days


LEXINGTON, Ky. – Top-seeded Kentucky’s late rally came up just short in a 5-4 loss to No. 3 seed NC State in front of a Cliff Hagan Stadium record crowd of 4,742 on Saturday night. UK will face Indiana in an elimination game for the Lexington Regional on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.


The Cats (40-21) scored two runs over the final three innings, including a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning from junior first baseman Evan White, but couldn’t overcome the Wolfpack’s three-run fifth inning that included a two-run triple by Evan Mendoza that sneaked past the centerfielder.

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Baseball: NC State beats Kentucky 5-4. Cats face Indiana on Sunday.

Baseball: NC State wins in 12, faces Kentucky next

No. 3 Seed NC State Downs No. 2 Seed Indiana 7-6 After 12 innings
The Wolfpack will face top-seeded Kentucky on Saturday


LEXINGTON, Ky. – N.C. State scored a pair of runs in the top of the 12th inning, then held off an Indiana rally in the bottom of the frame to win 7-6 in an NCAA Baseball Tournament Regional game on Friday at Cliff Hagan Stadium.


The Wolfpack moved to 35-23 on the season while Indiana dropped to 33-23-2. Junior right-hander Tommy DeJuneas kept a perfect 4-0 season record intact, striking out six and walking two in the process. The Charlotte, North Carolina, native allowed one run and no hits over three innings.


With the game notched at five runs apiece after 11 innings, NC State broke open the extra-inning scoring by way of a wild pitch from Indiana’s Matt Lloyd in the top of the 12th. The Wolfpack added another run on an RBI single by Brad Debo to make it 7-5.


The Hoosiers managed a run in the bottom of the inning and had the tying run on third base, but the Hoosiers fell one run short when Logan Sowers, who had two big RBIs earlier in the game, went down swinging on strikes. Lloyd picked up his second loss of the season, bringing his season tally to 3-2.


NC State second baseman Will Wilson went 2-for-5 at the plate, highlighted by a home run to left field in the fourth, as well as two runs and two RBIs on the day. NCSU shortstop Joe Dunand recorded the game’s only other home run, also going 2-for-5 with one run and one RBI.


With the win, NC State advances to Saturday’s 7:04 p.m. matchup with regional host Kentucky. Indiana is slated for an elimination contest with No. 4 seed Ohio, which fell 6-4 to the Wildcats on Friday afternoon. First pitch between IU and Ohio will take place Saturday at 12:04 p.m.