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Today's Sports

  • COLUMN: 260 minutes of Can-You-...

    Over 25 years of writing and about 20 more of general fandom, I have been to a whole shaboodle of really good games. I have witnessed countless great contests. A whole bunch of “heckuva” games.

    I have been to quite a few epics and run of the mill classics.

    And last Thursday, I attended the Eighth Region tournament championship. Like nearly everyone who made the trip to Carroll County High School, I expected to see a good game, maybe even a routine thriller or nail-biter.

  • LITTLE LEAGUE: Roundup

    Tuesday, June 1

    Indians 0 – Red Sox 10

    Statistical information from this game was not submitted by managers or coaches in time for print.

    Wednesday, June 2

    Red Sox 9 – Reds 1

    In a game continued after being suspended by rain May 17, the Red Sox came out on top thanks to the work of their offense.

    Play was resumed in the top of the third inning with the Red Sox leading 2-1.

    The Red Sox scored five runs in the third, with Mason Baker, Andrew Mitchell, Ben Simmons, Jonah Perry and Aaron Schell also crossing home.

  • LITTLE LEAGUE: 'Fired up...

    The Yankees said they were fired up, and they proved it.

    The Yankees plated six runs in the bottom half of the second inning, including three on an error-filled inside-the-park home run from Dillon Harper, to take a 9-2 lead on the Indians, and never looked back.

    “We were more fired up today,” Harper said. “We’re ready to win a championship, but the main priority is to play my best and have fun.”

  • LITTLE LEAGUE: Mets offense...

    Two days after being no-hit by the Red Sox, the Mets’ bats exploded for 12 runs, scoring at least one run in each inning but one.

    The two-day break was all the Mets needed to regroup and gain their confidence at the plate. After a scoreless opening frame, the Mets used timely hitting and fielding to beat the Cubs 12-2 on Saturday at Davenport Field.

  • LITTLE LEAGUE: In the moment:...

    Jacob Brown was doing what his team has played by for the majority of the season. He was living in the moment.

    Brown, the Red Sox starting pitcher Thursday night against the Mets, had walked four batters and another reached on an error, but he hadn’t allowed a hit all game. It wasn’t until Brown threw his final pitch, a called strike giving him six strikeouts for the game, that he was told he just threw a no-hitter.

    “This is probably the best game I’ve pitched so far in my baseball career,” Brown said.

  • One for the ages

    “I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.”

    --Vince Lombardi

    CARROLLTON -- L.W. Barnes browsed through the words of the Green Bay Packers' coaching giant a few hours before Anderson County took on Shelby County for the championship of the Eighth Region baseball tournament last Thursday night.

  • 'It just wasn't my day...

    LOUISVILLE – Even before he hit the high jump pit for the final time, Jordan Sloan knew his dream was not going to come true.

    Sloan, the top-seeded jumper in Kentucky going into the state Class 3A meet, could only grimace and try to analyze what went wrong as he went out at 6-04, two inches below his regional championship jump.

    “I really don't know what happened,” Sloan said. “I guess it just wasn't my day.”

  • Grant upsets Lady Bearcats in...

    CARROLLTON – The signs that Anderson County was in trouble in the Eighth Region softball tournament semifinals were there early. By the time the Lady Bearcats were doing something about it, it was too late.

    Grant County upset Anderson, 6-5, with an amazingly simple formula: Take advantage of the chances Anderson gave, then play near-flawlessly in the field last Wednesday night at Carroll County High School.

  • Bearcats, Rockets go at it again...

    When the high school baseball season opened back in March, few thought the Eighth Region championship game would shape up as it has.

    Everyone should have known better.

    Anderson County vs. Shelby County.

    Or as they say from Graefenburg and all points west, Shelby County vs. Anderson County.

    First pitch is set for 7 p.m., Thursday night at Carroll County High School. Tickets are $5.

    They are the two programs that have dominated Eighth Region baseball since 2000. Anderson has four regional championships since then. Shelby has the same number.

  • Bearcats, Lady Bearcats advance...

    CARROLLTON – Monday was a good day for Anderson County softball and baseball as the Lady Bearcats and Bearcats advanced to the semifinals of the Eighth Region tournaments, being held at Carroll County High School.

    The Lady Bearcats overcame a slow start to rout South Oldham, 10-2, in the first round of the softball tournament. With South Oldham leading 1-0 in the bottom of the third inning, Hannah Searcy belted a grand slam that got the Bearcats rolling.

    Courtney Turpin added another home run and turned in a stellar pitching performance, striking out 14 batters.