Messenger Sports Briefs for June 10

Messenger Sports Briefs for June 10
Briefly

Former Railroader
selected by Cards

Josh Hester of Freed Hardeman University — a Fulton Railroaders’ alum from 2006 — was the 515th selection Friday in the 17th round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals.
Josh is a right handed pitcher who led the 2006 Railroaders second-place finish in the Kitty League with a 6-0 record and a 1.61 ERA.
He allowed only 10 earned runs in nine games pitched in ’06 season with Fulton. Josh is the first Railroader to get drafted since the Kitty League was reborn in 2005.

Predators’ executive
to lead U.S. Hockey

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville Predators general manager David Poile and Anaheim Ducks general manager Brian Burke will lead the U.S. Olympic men’s ice hockey team in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C.
Burke, who is working on a contract extension with the Ducks, was named general manager and Poile will be the associate general manager, USA Hockey announced Friday.
Poile, Nashville’s only general manager since the franchise started in 1997, also served as GM for the 1998 and 1999 U.S. Men’s National Teams at the International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championships.
Tony Rossi, vice president of USA Hockey, said in a release that Burke and Poile were “two of the absolute best in the business.”

TSSAA pigskin debate
includes realignment

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Board of Control of the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association will debate two new classification plans for football.
The debate, expected as early as today but more likely Wednesday, is over a Z-plan, a rural plan or the current five-class plan.
The Z-plan would have three classes in the regular season, and six in the playoffs.
The rural plan would have four classes, and rural schools would be in two of them, assuring them of two state titles.

LSU clinches a spot in college baseball WS

Ryan Schimpf homered twice and drove in five runs and Blake Dean went 5-for-5 with a homer and three RBI as LSU routed UC Irvine 21-7 to earn a trip to the College World Series.
Micah Gibbs, Matt Clark, Johnny Dishon and Buzzy Haydel also homered for LSU (48-17-1)

Saturday, and rallied for five runs in the ninth Sunday to stay alive in the super regional.
LSU will take on North Carolina (51-12) in the opening round of the CWS on Sunday.
Blake Martin started for the Tigers, giving up five hits and two runs in 4 2-3 innings, and Jordan Brown (5-0) came on in relief to pick up the win.

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