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Today's Sports

  • Behind the scenes at Idle Hour...

    Everyone in Springfield knows the name Idle Hour Park. Little League is played there, Washington County High School plays many of their sports there, and community members enjoy walks around the track or days on the playground with their kids there.

    People who visit the park see well-kept fields and an overall clean environment. But keeping it that way isn’t a small task, something park director Bernard Smalley knows all too well.

    “We do what we can out here, I think we do a good job with what we have,” he said.

  • Keene has umpired for over 30...

    For many, baseball is a hobby. People who love baseball will do anything to be around it, regardless of whether it puts them on the field or in the stands. This is exactly why Felix Keene became a Little League umpire more than 30 years ago.

    “It’s always been a hobby of mine,” he said. “I played all sports growing up, but baseball was my main one.”

  • All-Stars begins June 22

    With summer in full swing, many Little League All-Star tournaments are starting to get underway. Washington County will not only participate in these tournaments, but will also host one this year.

    Starting tomorrow through Sunday, Little League softball players from ages 9-12 will compete in the District 5 Little League tournament at Idle Hour Park. The tournament will see Washington, Adair, Russell and Marion county 9/10 and 11/12-year-old teams compete over three days leading up to the championship games on June 25.

  • Spaulding umpires for the love...

    Baseball is a tough and demanding sport, and many are passionate in their love for the game. While some devote their time to playing on the field, others offer their services in other ways, such as coaching and officiating. This is what Joey Spalding, the vice president and loan officer at Springfield State Bank, has devoted his free time to since the early 2000s.

    “I’ve been around baseball a long time,” Spalding said.

  • Learning the game

    Young boys and girls interested in golf got the chance to test and improve their skills last week at Lincoln Homestead State Park.

    A junior golf clinic was held June 5-8 for boys and girls between the ages of 12-14 at the golf course. Park Manager Bobby Bartholomai said he started the clinic to give kids the chance to get out on the course to play golf and help them improve their skillsets.

    “We do it every year, I try to do it right after they get out of school,” Bartholomai said. “Normally the first full week of June.”

  • Commanderettes win back-to-back...

    The Washington County softball team competed in the 19th District Tournament last week at Bardstown High School. After defeating Nelson County in the first game and Bethlehem in the second, the Commanderettes completed back-to-back seasons as 19th District champions.

    “It’s been a great year coaching these girls,” head coach Christy Baker said. “They’ve all stepped up and played hard and the results now speak for themselves.”

    Washington County 18 Nelson County 0

  • Commanders split games with...

    The Washington County Commanders took on Bethlehem last week in a three-game series, losing the first game 12-2 and bouncing back to win 8-1 in game two. Game three was rescheduled due to inclement weather.

    “We played our game and executed very well,” said head coach Adam Blair.

    Washington County 2 Bethlehem 12

  • Commanderettes defeat Thomas...

    The Washington County Commanderettes played a close game against Thomas Nelson Monday, but a strong sixth inning helped the team win 12-2. Being up only two runs after the second inning, the Commanderette defense held the visitors scoreless the rest of the way.

    “I’m very pleased with how well our team performed,” said head coach Christy Baker.

  • Commanderettes rout Bardstown

    A seven-run second inning helped the Washington County Commanderettes defeat Bardstown 15-0 in four innings Wednesday. The win helped keep Washington County moving toward an even record, now sitting at 9-11 for the season.

    Prior to the game, however, both teams put aside their rivalry to celebrate a common goal: defeating cancer. Players from both teams wore pink uniforms for Washington County’s “Pink Out” event, which honored friends and family members of both teams in their fight against cancer.

  • Commanders fall to Elizabethtown...

    The Washington County Commanders baseball team played a back-and-forth game with Elizabethtown Wednesday, but a 10-run seventh inning eventually saw Elizabethtown prevail 15-6.

    “We played a good game up to that point,” said head coach Adam Blair. “We played #18 E-town toe to toe for 6 2/3 innings and just didn’t finish.”