Hughes drafted by Royals in 24th round
Lloyd (Ky.) Greenup County standout Gage Hughes, who is a Portsmouth native, was drafted in the 24th round (722nd overall) of the Major League Baseball Rule 4 Amateur Draft by the Kansas City Royals’ organization on Wednesday afternoon.
Hughes, a two-sport standout at Greenup, stars as a middle infielder for the Musketeers, and under his watch, has collected three 16th Region Championships (2015, 2016, 2018) in his four seasons as a starter in the baseball program. The Ashland Daily Independent’s All-Area Player of the Year currently holds an on-base-plus-slugging percentage of 1.328 for his career, including marks of 1.503 in 2017 and 1.423 so far in 2018, according to stats on MaxPreps.com.
As a whole, Hughes has drawn 100 walks and has only struck out 33 times en route to obtaining a walk-to-strikeout ratio that is greater than 3-to-1. He’s also stolen 62 bases and has collected a batting average of .410 or better in three of his four seasons as a starter up to this point in time.
This season, Hughes is hitting .439 with nine home runs and 45 RBI for the Musketeers. He’s obtained 10 doubles and six triples for Greenup County as 25 of his 54 hits (46.3 percent) have gone for extra bases in 2018.
SSU volleyball, men’s soccer programs announce schedules
The Shawnee State volleyball and soccer programs have announced their 2018 schedules, with each team set to host a full Mid-South Conference schedule and two NCAA opponents.
Shawnee State will open the season at home on Tuesday, August 21 when they welcome NCAA Division III opponent Capital (Ohio) to Waller Gymnasium for a 6:30 p.m. first serve. The Bears then immediately hit the road for back-to-back weekends, participating in the Crossover Challenge in Bowling Green, Kentucky on August 24-25, and in the Emileigh Cooper Memorial Tournament at Rio Grande (Ohio) on August 31 and Sept. 1.
Shawnee State’s Mid-South Conference opener is set for Thursday, Sept. 6 against Georgetown at Waller Gymnasium. The Bears then host a doubleheader against NCAA Division II opponent Urbana (Ohio), beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 7. SSU follows those contests up by hosting a tri-match on Saturday, Sept. 8, playing Cincinnati Christian (Ohio) at 1 p.m. and Ohio-Chillicothe at 5 p.m.
Following those contests, Shawnee State’s annual rivalry with Rio Grande awaits as the Bears play host the RedStorm on Thursday, Sept. 13 with a 6 p.m. first serve. Shawnee State’s additional notable affairs include a trip to Fort Wayne, Indiana for the Liz Lykowski Memorial Tournament, hosted by Indiana Tech, on October 12-13 and its final home game, a match against Cumberlands (Ky.) at 6 p.m. on October 30.
Shawnee State begins postseason play on Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Mid-South Conference Tournament, which will be played again at South Warren High School in Bowling Green, Ky. If the Bears advance, they‘ll play in the 39th Annual NAIA National Championships at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa.
As for the men’s soccer program, the Bears get the season underway with three straight home games, opening at Shawnee Turf on August 25 against Indiana East at 7 p.m. with Rochester (Mich.) and Siena Heights (Mich.) following on Saturday, Sept. 1 and Sunday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m.
Shawnee State’s first road test will be on Saturday, Sept. 8 at West Virginia Tech, with the first kick set for 3 p.m. The Bears return to Shawnee Turf the following day with a 7 p.m. kickoff against Ohio Christian, and two days later, Shawnee State faces Kentucky Christian on Tuesday, Sept. 11 for another 7 p.m. start.
SSU begins another three-game home stand on Saturday, Sept. 22 with a 7 p.m. start against St. Francis (Ind.) and turn around to play the next day at 6 p.m. against Midway (Ky.). SSU then hosts Homecoming and their Mid-South Conference opener on Saturday, Sept. 29 when they welcome Mid-South Conference rivals Pikeville to Portsmouth for a 3 p.m. kickoff.
Four huge matches then follow, including a Tuesday, Oct. 2 conference bout at Campbellsville (8 p.m.), a 7 p.m. home match against Cumberlands (Ky.) on Oct. 9, a Saturday, Oct. 13 matchup against Rio Grande (7 p.m.), and a Wednesday, Oct. 17 contest against Georgetown (7 p.m.), which will serve as Senior Night. SSU then wraps up the MSC slate with three straight road games, with the Bears at Life on October 19, at Cumberland (Tenn.) on October 21, and at Lindsey Wilson on October 26.
Dates and locations for the 2018 Mid-South Conference Tournament have not been announced as of Wednesday. If the Bears qualify for the NAIA National Tournament, they will travel to Irvine, California for the tournament on Nov. 26-Dec. 1.
For continued coverage of Shawnee State men’s soccer, go to ssubears.com.