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Kentucky baseball star T.J. Collett to return in 2021; senior takes advantage of NCAA eligibility relief

University of Kentucky senior first baseman T.J. Collett will return for the 2021 season, taking advantage of the NCAA’s ruling on eligibility relief for spring sports student-athletes whose season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He joins fellow senior Zeke Lewis in returning to Lexington for a final season. “Four years ago, (Big Blue Nation) welcomed me with open arms,”...

Former LexCath football standout Wes Caldwell named athletic director at Highlands High School

Wes Caldwell has been named the athletic director at Highlands High School. He is currently the assistant athletic director at Lexington Catholic High School. Caldwell earned his bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication from Middle Tennessee State University and his master’s degree in Recreation and Sports Administration from Western Kentucky University. Wes Caldwell While attending Middle...

EKU standouts Lewis, Harris selected to Collegiate Baseball’s NCAA Division I All-America team

Senior catcher A.J. Lewis and junior second baseman Daniel Harris IV have been chosen to the Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division I All-America team. Lewis was a first team selection while Harris earned a spot on the third team. A.J. Lewis EKU has featured an All-America selection in each of the last four years – Ben Fisher (2017), Alex Holderbach (2018), Aaron Ochsenbein (2019), Lewis (2020) and Harris...

Billy Reed: Can’t wait for ‘Play Ball!’ even for half a season and dreaming of Reds fulfilling their potential

When last we heard from the Cincinnati Reds – you remember them, right? – they were playing spring-training games, working to put together what promised to be the most exciting Reds team in a decade or so. But then they had to pack up their bats and gloves and go home because of the Coronavirus pandemic, which forced the opening of the baseball season to be canceled, the same fate as suffered by...

Legendary Madison Central High School baseball coach Don Richardson dead at age 88

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today A legendary figure in Kentucky high school sports has passed away. Longtime and retired Madison Central High School coach Don Richardson died Saturday at the age of 88. Richardson served as baseball coach at Madison Central for 35 years and compiled a 952-157 mark. In addition, he was named the top coach in the state in 1982 and 1983 after guiding the Indians to a perfect...

With shortened MLB draft, Louisville baseball coach lobbies for expanded rosters at collegiate level

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today This is always an unsettled time of the year for University of Louisville baseball coach Dan McDonnell, trying to manage his roster for the next season while making educated guesses about which of his current players will be drafted and leave school, and who among talented high school recruits will chose professional baseball over college. Only this time it’s even...

EKU’s Abbott a ‘Jacob’ of all trades on the baseball diamond; has played eight different positions

When Jacob Abbott took the mound on a cool February night in Baton Rouge, the Eastern Kentucky University baseball team led 11th-ranked LSU, 2-0, in the bottom of the ninth. There were two outs. And two runners on. Cade Doughty, LSU’s highly touted leadoff hitter, stepped to the plate. He represented the winning run for the Tigers. The atmosphere was tense. Abbott fell behind early – two balls,...

EKU’s A.J. Lewis named to watch list for Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Award

Before the collegiate baseball season ended, Eastern Kentucky University’s A.J. Lewis was named to the watch list for the Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Award, which honors the nation’s top NCAA Division I catcher. Lewis was the only player from the Ohio Valley Conference on the watch list. The award was previously known as the Johnny Bench Award. EKU has had a catcher on...

Billy Reed: In times like these, we really need baseball to lift our spirits — and there is a precedent

I am well aware that during this Coronavirus catastrophe, sports journalists are high on the list of unnecessary workers. Many of our most hallowed sporting events have been canceled or postponed. Without sports, who needs sports journalists? However, I am holding out hope that our government and major-league baseball can work out something soon to let the games on in, even in near-empty stadiums....

Transylvania, Lexington Legends make Whitaker Bank Ballpark home venue for 2020 Pioneer baseball

The Transylvania University athletic department and the Lexington Legends baseball team has announced an agreement to make Whitaker Bank Ballpark the new home venue of the Pioneers baseball team for the 2019-20 season. Located on North Broadway just one mile from the Transylvania campus in downtown Lexington, the 6,994-seat home of the Class-A Lexington Legends baseball team will serve as the official...

UK women’s baseball team going to Super Regionals’ second round of NCAA Tournament

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is going to the Super Regionals for just the seventh time in school history.   The Wildcats punched their ticket to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with an 11-1 win over Virginia Tech in six innings Sunday at Joe Cropp Field. Kentucky (36-22) will face the winner of the Seattle Regional between Mississippi State and No. 3 seed Washington.   The Wildcats...

William Burton, 12, collapses on Grayson ball field; survives through family’s faith and Cinci Children’s

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Her oldest son was lifeless on a hospital gurney in the trauma room as doctors tried desperately to figure out how to save him. 
Amy Burton knew who was ultimately in charge. 
“It was chaos. So much was happening, and he was in bad shape. These medical professionals, who were fantastic and are great, had no idea what to do but Amy knew exactly,” said her pastor,...

American Baseball Coaches Association names UK 2018 Team Academic Excellence Award winner

The University of Kentucky baseball team received a 2018 Team Academic Excellence Award from the American Baseball Coaches Association, it was last week. The Wildcats are the only Southeastern Conference program to earn the distinction for the 2017-18 academic year. The ABCA honors teams that post a cumulative grade-point average over 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the entire academic year. Nearly 300 programs...

Jamie Vaught: March Madness may be on everyone’s mind, but baseball season is right around the corner

Even though most folks are still focusing on basketball right now with March Madness just around the corner, UK’s highly-respected baseball team has already begun its 2018 campaign on a high note, posting a 7-1 record in nonconference action going into this week’s games. As you probably remember, Kentucky baseballers – who will face Arkansas for their first SEC weekend series in mid-March —...