KHSAA State Baseball Tournament

Rowan Counry coach Scott Collins takes AJ Hacker out of the game against McCraken County Wednesday, June 6, 2019, at the KHSAA State Baseball Tournament in Lexington, Ky. Photo by John Flavell / FOR THE DAILY INDEPENDENT

Mr. Baseball AJ Hacker announced his commitment to Indiana University on Wednesday afternoon on social media.

The Rowan County product was originally signed with Morehead State University, but he opened the figurative window to other opportunities after coach Mike McGuire’s resignation.

The Kentucky Gatorade Player of the Year helped guide the Vikings to a school-record 39 wins and a state quarterfinals appearance. He was 11-2 with a 0.60 earned run average this spring. He tallied 137 strikeouts in 82 innings. Hacker hit .448 with nine home runs and 52 RBIs.

The Hoosiers went 37-23 this season. They were 17-7 in Big Ten Conference play. Indiana made it to the NCAA Louisville Regional, where it beat Illinois-Chicago but lost to Illinois State and Louisville.

Runners in Motion

The 28th annual Summer Motion road races are scheduled for Saturday morning in downtown Ashland.

There will be 5K and 10K events. The 10K course includes Ashland’s blue and green bridges.

Those interested may register at tristateracer.com before Friday. Cost is $20. On-site registration begins on Saturday at 7 a.m. Cost is $25 the day of the race.

The top two overall male and female finishers will receive trophies. The first three finishers in each age group will get awards.

Bags in Motion

The “Let Freedom Fly” Cornhole Tournament is set for Wednesday and Thursday, July 3 and 4. It will be held in the city parking lot adjacent to the Paramount Arts Center on Winchester Avenue.

On Wednesday, July 3, Rick Sutton wll conduct a free introduction to cornhole class from noon to 5 p.m.

Registration opens at 10 a.m. on July 4. Bags fly at 11 a.m. Prizes will be awarded at approximately 5 p.m. or shortly after the tournament concludes.

Cost is $10 entry fee per player. Bring your partner.

Summer Motion activities resume on the riverfront after 5 p.m.

Contact Lundie “Croc” Blevins at (606) 615-0846 or Sutton at (606) 465-7332 for more information.

Bucs fall short

The River City Buccaneers came up a score short against the West Virginia Storm, 13-7, on Saturday at Tanks Memorial Stadium.

The Bucs will enter Saturday’s road contest with a 2-2 record. The semi-pro football team will face the Ohio Crush at Centerville High School in Dayton, Ohio, at 4:30 p.m.

They have three regular-season games left. They’ll visit the Portsmouth Stealth on July 13, host the Ohio Calvary on July 20 and go to Columbus to face the War Eagles on July 27.

QTQ coming soon

Sports writer Zack Klemme tirelessly re-read every high school sports story published in The Daily Independent over the past year.

Because we are blessed with a slew of intelligent and witty coaches and student-athletes, there are always a ton of great quotes that find ink.

Klemme whittled the list down to 40. The sixth annual installment of this project is coming soon, so keep an eye on the newspaper and dailyindependent.com!

Reach AARON SNYDER at asnyder@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2664. Follow @DIndependentQB on Twitter.