Due to weather forecast in the Myrtle Beach area, the Kentucky baseball schedule has been changed.Instead of playing Kansas State on Sunday, the game has been moved to a 4 PM start on Thursday afternoon. The pitching rotation this weekend will see left-hander A.J. Reed throw on Thursday, Jerad Grundy on Friday, and Corey Littrell on Saturday.
In related baseball news, the Southeastern Conference has named junior J.T. Riddle as the player of the week after an impressive opening weekend to the season. In 18 plate appearances this weekend, the second baseman successfully reached base 15 times, getting three doubles, one triple, one homer and six RBI in the process. In 2010, the Western Hills product was named as Kentucky High School Mr. Baseball. His last SEC honors came in 2011 when he was named as the conference freshman of the week.
Just one day after Montverde Academy Basketball tweeted that the “Eagles will play against Huntington Prep in a top 6 matchup,” word came out today that the game will not be played at Freedom Hall. According to the Kentucky Exposition Center website, tickets are no longer on sale for this game. It gets worse, as the site says that the game is cancelled and “tickets for this event will be refunded at point of purchase.”
It was news to the coaches, too. Montverde coach Kevin Boyle emailed me saying that they “were told that the game is on.”
Huntington Prep coach Rob Fulford retweeted Courier-Journal recruiting writer Steve Jones, saying it was “news to us.”
Basketball fans in general hope that this game gets played. Both teams are in the top ten for high school basketball. Whether there is a genuine lack of interest in the game, I don’t know. The game is being played at the same time that UK Hoops has its senior day but I hope that is not the reason for a lack of support.
Previously, the Red State Blue State series cancelled the games on February 2nd due to lack of finances in renting Broadbent Arena and paying for the teams to travel to Louisville.