Kentucky Ends Its Baseball Season
Unfortunately for the Wildcats, they lost to No. 2 Vanderbilt on Saturday thus ending their 2019 season. Heading into Saturday’s action, Kentucky was locked in a three-way tie with Alabama and South Carolina. One of the two scenarios Kentucky needed to avoid was an Alabama loss and a South Carolina win.
That scenario happened as South Carolina beat Mississippi State 10-8 and Alabama lost to Georgia 9-1. It did not matter if the Wildcats won or not, their season officially ended here.
Kentucky finished the season with a record of 26-29 (7-23) which was good for next to last in the SEC.
Despite the rebuilding season, with 18 newcomers to this year’s roster, coach Nick Mingione has the most wins of any Kentucky coach through three seasons with 104 victories.
Kentucky will lose four seniors from this year’s roster: Ryan Shinn, Ryan Johnson, Alex Rodriguez, and Marshall Gei. Pitcher Zack Thompson will most likely gone as well as he probably heads for the MLB Draft this offseason after a great career for Kentucky.
Writer Brent Wainscott has done a fantastic job covering the team this season, and from all of us here at KSR we would like to thank you for following the Wildcats all season long.
Warriors Best Kanter and the Trail Blazers Again
Any basketball fan with a pulse knew this was going to happen, but after securing a big first-half lead over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night, the Portland Trail Blazers lost to Steph Curry and company by a score of 110-99.
The @warriors win on the road to take a 3-0 Western Conference Finals lead!
— NBA (@NBA) May 19, 2019
The win gives the Warriors a commanding 3-0 lead over Portland. In the game Kanter only played seven minutes but managed to score seven points and tally five rebounds in the effort. For what its worth, the Trail Blazer were +7 when the former Kentucky alumni was on the court.
The reason why Kanter did not play that much was because of his mostly poor defense against Golden State in the first two games of the series. However, it is clear now that no one on Portland’s team is playing adequate enough defense to contain the amazing Warrior offense.
With the season pretty much over, let’s hope that Eric Bledsoe and the Milwaukee Bucks find their way to the NBA Finals. They are already up 2-0 in their series against Toronto so it seems likely that there will be at least one Kentucky alumni in the finals this season.
Insanity at the Preakness
In the 144th running of the Preakness Stakes, War of Will (4-1) came away with the victory in an unofficial time of 1:54.34, but all eyes were on Bodexpress from start to finish as the horse stole the entire show.
Bodexpress (20-1) managed to finish the entire race without a jockey as right out of the gate the horse tossed hall of fame jockey John R. Velazquez and continued to run the entire race jockeyless.
War of Will may have won #ThePreakness, but Bodexpress finished the race without a jockey ?
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 18, 2019
In my book, that’s a true champion. That horse doesn’t need a jockey to ride him!!! However, on the flip side the jockey that actually lost to Bodexpress has some TOUGH questions to answer. Just imagine the preparation he must have went through only to have lost to a horse without a rider. If you thought your Saturday was bad, just know that it could always be worse.
But seriously, lets all be thankful that both Velazquez and his horse both finished the race safely. Horse racing is not a safe sport, and we should all be thankful that nothing disastrous happened during this race.
The Jaden McDaniels Saga Continues
Another day has went by, and we still do not know where five-star prospect Jaden McDaniels is heading. Kentucky was in the lead as of last week, but recruiting analyst Evan Daniels is now predicting that the prized prospect will be going to nearby Washington.
I’ve followed Daniels for quite some time and I can promise you that his predictions are usually right more often than they are wrong. However, this is a young 18 year-old kid we are talking about who is keeping his recruitment extremely silent – and rightfully so. His talent is good enough to change an entire team.
— Overtime (@overtime) March 1, 2019
He would be a huge get for the Wildcats as he could make Kentucky a true National Championship contender in 2020. However, the idea of staying close to home could be too good for him.
Either way, lets wish the best for this young, talented ball player. He obviously has had a hard time making this decision, and we should wish the best for young athletes trying to start their careers. Hopefully, the drama ends for him soon.