SPORTS

April 29, 2016

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
Chase Nelson drove in three runs and Cam Kelly plated two as Murray High walloped Calloway County 11-3 Thursday night at Reagan Field, completing a season sweep of the Lakers. Will Shelton notched the win by whiffing eight. The Tigers are now 16-3, while the Lakers dropped to 6-14. Murray is scheduled to battle University Heights tonight at 6:30 in All-A Classic Sectional action in Hopkinsville. The Lakers are off until Tuesday when they host Graves County. In other baseball:

Hopkins Central 6, Paducah Tilghman 3
Marshall County 10, Carlisle County 0
Mayfield 4, Graves County 3
Paducah Tilghman 6, St. Mary 4
Hickman County 7, South Fulton, TN 1
Trigg County 4, Todd Central 1
Caldwell County 8, Madisonville 0
Livingston Central 4, Crittenden County 1
Lyon County 11, Dawson Springs 1

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL
Payton Smothers cracked a grand slam as Marshall County rolled Calloway County 7-1 in Draffenville. The Lakers fell to 8-15 with the loss.

Murray High was off yesterday but they will travel to Owensboro’s Jack Fisher Park on Saturday for the Touchstone Energy All-A Classic State Tournament. The First Region champions will battle Middlesboro at 10:30 am.

Carlisle County 7, Ballard Memorial 6
Graves County 18, Mayfield 4 (5 innings)
McCracken County 14, Paducah Tilghman 0 (5 innings)
Livingston Central 5, Crittenden County 3

RACERS HUMBLED AT SEMO
Joey Lucchesi struck out 17 as first-place Southeast Missouri downed Murray State 10-3 Thursday night in the opener of a three-game series in Cape Girardeau. Ramsey Scott and Reed Thompson led the Racers with two hits each in the loss. SEMO won its 30th game of the season and out-hit the Racers 13-8. Starter Brad Boegel lasted only 3 2/3 innings and took the loss as the Racers fell to 21-22 overall and 9-10 in the OVC Game two of the series is scheduled for tonight at 6 but that could change due to rain in the forecast.

RACERS FORMING BALANCED ROSTER
With the recent additions to the Murray State roster, the Racers have depth. Something that was an issue last season due to injuries and illness. (SB). That is Racer jead coach Matt McMahon. To heaer the entire interview, click on our website link in the WNBS facebook page.

RACER SOFTBALL HOSTS UTM
The Murray State softball team hosts UT Martin for its final three home games of the season Saturday and Sunday at Racer Field in Murray. Prior to Sunday’s single game, the Racers will honor the four seniors from this year’s team: J.J. Francis, Erica Howard, Shelbey Miller and Brianne Sanders. The games also hold major postseason implications for both teams with UT Martin currently fifth in the OVC standings and Murray State holding on to the eighth and final OVC tournament spot via a tie-breaker over Belmont. Play begins at 1pm both Saturday and Sunday.

UK AD SUPPORTS MITCHELL
Kentucky’s athletic director says he’s confident the university’s women’s basketball coach can reverse the exodus of players and coaches. AD Mitch Barnhart yesterday said there are some things he’d like to see fixed, but he doesn’t think coach Matthew Mitchell needs to be replaced. Six players, two recruits, and three assistant coaches have left the Wildcats since October.

SNAKES EARN SPLIT WITH CARDINALS
The Cardinals couldn’t get to Ruby De La Rosa as they were shutout, 3-0, at Chase Field. St. Louis was held to three hits as the two teams split four games. Michael Wacha fell to 2-and-1 allowing three runs over seven innings, but he did strike out nine. The Cardinals welcome Bryce Harper and the Nationals to town tonight. The teams play the first of a three-game series at Busch Stadium, with first pitch at 7:15, and airtime at 6:20 on WNBS.

REDBIRDS AT NEW ORLEANS TONIGHT
Xavier Scruggs singled in the winning run in the 10th inning as the Redbirds lost 2-1 to the Zephyrs in New Orleans. Dean Anna singled in the lone run for Memphis to tie the game at one in the fourth. Miguel Socolovich took the loss. The second of the four-game series is tonight.

BLUES AT DALLAS TONIGHT
The Blues open the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs tonight against the Stars in Dallas. Game One of the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinals faces off at 7 p.m. St. Louis beat Chicago in seven games in the first round, while Dallas downed Minnesota in six.

NATIONAL SPORTS BRIEFS
The 2016 NFL Draft is underway. The LA Rams selected Cal quarterback Jared Goff with the number-one overall pick. North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz was selected second by the Eagles. The Tennessee Titans selected offensive tackle Jack Conklin of Michigan State with the eighth pick overall after trading up with Cleveland. Rounds two and three are tonight in Chicago.

A once-projected top-overall pick tumbled in the draft last night. Laremy Tunsil fell to the Dolphins at 13 after a video of the Ole Miss offensive lineman smoking marijuana surfaced on his Twitter account minutes before the draft. Tunsil says his account was hacked.

The Broncos are hoping they’ve found the heir apparent to Peyton Manning. Denver traded up from 31 with the Seahawks to take Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch with the 26th pick. Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian were previously the only quarterbacks on Denver’s roster.

The Hawks closed out the Celtics with a 104-92 win in Game Six of their East quarterfinal series. Atlanta blew the game open with a 39-point third quarter. The Hawks will face LeBron James and the Cavaliers in the conference semifinals.

T.J. Oshie’s goal 9:33 into overtime gave the Capitals a 4-3 win over the Penguins in Game One of their semifinal series. The winning score gave Oshie his first career playoff hat trick.

THURSDAY’S SCOREBOARD

MLB National League
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Chicago Cubs 7, Milwaukee Brewers 2
Philadelphia Phillies 3, Washington Nationals 0
Arizona Diamondbacks 3, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Miami Marlins 5, Los Angeles Dodgers 3
Pittsburgh Pirates at Colorado Rockies (PPD/Rain)

MLB American League
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Detroit Tigers 7, Oakland Athletics 3
Baltimore Orioles 10, Chicago White Sox 2

MLB Interleague
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Atlanta Braves 5, Boston Red Sox 3

NBA Playoffs
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Atlanta Hawks 104, Boston Celtics 92
(Hawks win best-of-seven East quarterfinal, 4-2)

NHL Playoffs
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Washington Capitals 4, Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (OT)
(Capitals lead best-of-seven East semifinal, 1-0)

FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE (All times are Eastern)

NFL Draft
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7:00 p.m. – NFL Draft (at Chicago, IL)

MLB National League
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2:20 p.m. – Atlanta Braves at Chicago Cubs
7:05 p.m. – Cincinnati Reds at Pittsburgh Pirates
7:10 p.m. – San Francisco Giants at New York Mets
8:10 p.m. – Miami Marlins at Milwaukee Brewers
8:15 p.m. – Washington Nationals at St. Louis Cardinals
9:40 p.m. – Colorado Rockies at Arizona Diamondbacks
10:10 p.m. – San Diego Padres at Los Angeles Dodgers

MLB American League
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7:05 p.m. – Chicago White Sox at Baltimore Orioles
7:10 p.m. – New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox
7:10 p.m. – Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays
8:05 p.m. – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Texas Rangers
8:10 p.m. – Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins
10:05 p.m. – Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics
10:10 p.m. – Kansas City Royals at Seattle Mariners

MLB Interleague
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7:05 p.m. – Cleveland Indians at Philadelphia Phillies

NBA Playoffs
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7:30 p.m. – Toronto Raptors at Indiana Pacers
(Raptors lead best-of-seven East quarterfinal, 3-2)

8:00 p.m. – Miami Heat at Charlotte Hornets
(Hornets lead best-of-seven East quarterfinal, 3-2)

10:30 p.m. – Los Angeles Clippers at Portland Trail Blazers
(Trail Blazers lead best-of-seven West quarterfinal, 3-2)

NHL Playoffs
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8:00 p.m. – St. Louis Blues at Dallas Stars
(Game One of best-of-seven West semifinal)

10:30 p.m. – Nashville Predators at San Jose Sharks
(Game One of best-of-seven West semifinal)

PGA
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Zurich Classic of New Orleans (at Avondale, LA)