KHSAA Baseball State Tournament – Day 1 recap


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – West Jess, Saint Xavier, Johnson Central and McCracken County all advanced on day one of the state tournament in Lexington.

The Colts beat Bowling Green 6-1 in the night cap to give head coach Jody Hamilton his 900th career victory.  The defending state champ gets the 2014 champion Tigers of Saint X after X took care of No. 1 Greenup County 4-2.  The West Jess vs. Saint X game is slated for Saturday morning at 11.

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Johnson Central beat Highlands 6-2 in the first game of the day while the Mustangs of McCracken beat E’Town 8-3.  The Eagles and Mustangs are set for a 1:30 first pitch Saturday with a trip to the semifinals on the line.

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Alex Risen joined the ABC 36 News team in October of 2011 as ABC 36’s Weekend Sports Anchor/ Sports Reporter. Alex can also be seen Friday nights co-anchoring the Highschool Highlight Reel. Alex started out in the broadcast business while still in college at the University of Kentucky, heading up the school’s daily student news network as the Sports Director. He made his commercial televsion debut in May of 2011 while at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky as co-host of a weekly, half-hour high school sports program previewing area schools’ games on Friday nights and as a morning sports anchor. Alex has also spent time as an intern at ESPN in the Statistics and Analysis department, as a production assistant for NBC Sports horse racing and Sunday Night Football productions, and as an intern for WLKY in his hometown of Louisville, KY. Alex graduated from Saint Xavier High School in 2007 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2010 where he graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program. He’s excited to be covering his passion in his home state and make Central Kentucky his home for years to come. Alex can be reached at