Scott Brown handles most of the sports duties for Ham Broadcasting. In addition to providing daily sports news on this blog, he broadcasts high school football, basketball and baseball games on WKDZ and WHVO. He also hosts the Saturday Morning Sports Report on WKDZ - one of the few local sports programs in the area. His local sports has been the most read in Trigg County for several years.
The Hoptown Hoppers begin defense of their Ohio Valley League championship tonight when they travel to Fulton to face the Railroaders in the opener of the best of three championship series.
Both teams swept their first round opponents -- Hoptown over Owensboro and Fulton over Marion -- and finished one-two in the standings.
Hoptown won the season series with Fulton 5-4, with three games decided by a single run. The Hoppers were 2-2 on Fulton's home field.
Hoppers manager Grayson Crawford says one advantage Fulton has is setting their pitching for tonight's opener.
After tonight's game, the teams will play Game Two Tuesday night in Hopkinsville. Hoppers GM Finney Noffsinger said Tuesday will be Fan Appreciation at Tiger Field, with multiple raffle prizes for both adults and kids, including Gift Certificates to Hays Furniture, an autographed team ball, gift certificates from Buffalo Wings and Rings, a spot in the 2014 Hoppers baseball camp, and two 2014 Hoppers Season passes. Noffsinger said there will also be a silent auction for the autographed broken pink bat of Brad Sevenish and another autographed bat.
Fans who bring school supplies for the Christian County Family Resource and Youth Services Centers will get in for $2.00.
Regardless of tonight's outcome, the Hoppers will have a chance to claim the OVL title on their home field, where they are 19-5 this year and have won 11 straight games, including Saturday's playoff win over Owensboro.
Crawford is hoping the Hopper fans can reach a lofty goal this week