Legends return home to face Augusta

April 16, 2014

South Atlantic League baseball

sal-logo-augustalegends-logo-13Augusta GreenJackets
at Lexington Legends

What: Three-game series

When: Thursday through Saturday (7:05 each night)

Where: Whitaker Bank Ballpark

Tickets: Call (859) 422-7867

Major League affiliates: Kansas City Royals (Legends), San Francisco Giants

Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Thursday, RH Luis Santos (1-0, 0.96) vs. RH Keury Mella (2-0, 1.69); Friday, RH Luke Farrell (0-0, 4.15) vs. LH Carlos Diaz (1-1, 2.89); Saturday, RH Jake Junis (1-1, 0.75) vs. LH Matt Lujan (2-0, 1.38).

GreenJacket to watch: Friday starter Keury Mella (6-foot-2, 200 pounds, bats and throws right, from Bonao, Dominican Republic) is rated by Baseball America as the 13th-best prospect in the Giants system. Signed for $275,000 in 2011, Mella threw for the Dominican Summer League Giants in 2012 (3-3, 2.47) and the Arizona League Giants last year (3-2, 2.25), combining for 116 strikeouts to 39 walks. Baseball America says in part: “Mella throws a heavy, above-average fastball that sits 93-95 mph with sinking action. He is learning to harness a power curve that has plus movement, and his changeup is functional even if he throws it infrequently.”

Fred Ford

Fred Ford

Legend to watch: RF Fred Ford (6-5, 200, bats and throws right, from St. Peters, Mo.) leads the league with 14 RBI through Tuesday and with a .676 slugging percentage. He is batting .351 through his first 12 games, with two homers, six doubles, seven runs and three stolen bases. Ford spent last season with the Legends, tying Bubba Starling for the club lead in homers (13). Selected in the seventh round of the 2012 draft, he led Fort Zumwalt South High School to the Missouri Class 4A state championship in 2009. He led Jefferson College to the NJCAA World Series in 2011 and 2012, and earned an associate degree from the Missouri school in 2012. He also was an NJCAA All-American and region player of the year in 2012, batting .430 with 16 homers, 75 RBI and 32 stolen bases. By signing with the Royals, he passed on an opportunity to play for Western Kentucky University. In 2012, he finished among the Appalachian League leaders in homers (3rd), walks (T4th), games (T5th), total bases (T6th), OPS (7th) and slugging (9th).

Radio: WLXG-AM 1300


Legends continue road trip at Rome

April 13, 2014

South Atlantic League baseball

legends-logo-13sal-logo-romeLexington Legends
at Rome Braves

What: Three-game series

When: Monday through Wednesday (7 Monday and Tuesday nights, 1 Wednesday afternoon)

Where: State Mutual Stadium (Rome, Ga.)

Major League affiliates: Kansas City Royals (Legends), Atlanta Braves

Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Monday, RH Jake Junis (0-1, 1.50) vs. RH Frank Lafreniere (1-1, 2.31); Tuesday, RH Andrew Edwards (1-0, 1.00) vs. LH Chuck Buchanan (1-0, 0.00); Wednesday, LH Matt Tenuta (1-1, 1.64) vs. RH Carlos Salazar (0-1, 13.50).

Michael Antonio

Michael Antonio

Legend to watch: 3B Michael Antonio (6-foot-2, 190 pounds, bats and throws right, from New York) is 10-for-32 (.313) through 10 games, with a homer and two doubles. He also has driven in four, scored nine and has a .405 on-base percentage. Selected in the third round of the 2010 draft, out of George Washington High School, he passed on a chance to play for St. John’s University. He played in 2010 for the Arizona League Royals (.264, 1 HR, 12 RBI) and in 2011 for both Burlington of the Appalachian League (.262-10-37) and Idaho Falls of the Pioneer League (.303-1-5). In 2012, Antonio was with Kane County of the Midwest League (.213-5-64). He split last year between Idaho Falls (.421-1-8) and the Legends (.191-5-35).

Frank Lafreniere

Frank Lafreniere

Brave to watch: Monday starter Frank Lafreniere (6-5, 185, bats and throws right, from Montreal) was a 2010 47th round draft pick out of Ahuntsic College in Montreal. Thus far, he has worked 11 2/3 innings over two starts, striking out nine and walking two while holding opponents to a .150 batting average. Lafreniere had no decisions and a 1.93 ERA in five relief outings for the Gulf Coast League Braves in 2010. In 2011, still in the Gulf Coast, he finished 6-3 with a 3.51 ERA over 12 games, including nine starts. In 2012, he stepped up to Danville of the Appalachian League and went 5-2 with a 4.02 ERA over 12 starts and 65 innings. Lafreniere pitched for Rome last year, going 7-13 with a 5.36 ERA over 28 games, including 22 starts.

Radio: WLXG-AM 1300


Legends take first road trip of season

April 10, 2014

South Atlantic League baseball

legends-logo-13sal-logo-wvaLexington Legends
at West Virginia Power

What: Four-game series

When: Thursday through Sunday (7:05 Thursday and Friday nights, 2:05 Saturday and Sunday afternoons)

Where: Appalachian Power Park (Charleston, W.Va.)

Major League affiliates: Kansas City Royals (Legends), Pittsburgh Pirates

Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Thursday, LH Luis Rico (0-1, 15.00) vs. RH Buddy Borden (0-0, 6.75); Friday, LH Matt Tenuta (0-1, 1.50) vs. LH Cody Dickson (1-0, 0.00); Saturday, RH Jose Rodriguez (0-0, 0.00) vs. RH Luis Heredia (0-1, 7.20); Sunday, LH Austin Fairchild (0-1, 0.00) vs. RH Dovydas Neverauskas (1-0, 1.80).

Matt Tenuta

Matt Tenuta

Legend to watch: Friday starter Matt Tenuta (6-foot-4, 208 pounds, bats and throws left, from Cary, N.C.) through six innings of one-run, five-hit ball against the Power last week. He struck out five and walked one. A 2012 25th-round draft pick out of Apex (N.C.) High School, he passed on a chance to play for North Carolina State and was the Surprise (Ariz.) Royals Pitcher of the Year by going 3-5 with a save and 4.58 ERA over 13 appearances (one start) and 39 1/3 innings. He split last season between Burlington of the Appalachian League (24, 2.81) and Idaho Falls of the Pioneer League (1-1, 6.43). His brother Zach played football at Marshall and Akron. Father Jon played football at Virginia, where mother Lori played basketball. Jon, whose coaching career includes stints as defensive coordinator at Ohio State and Notre Dame, currently is associate head coach for defense/defensive coordinator at Virginia.

JaCoby Jones

JaCoby Jones

Power to watch: SS JaCoby Jones (6-3, 200, bats and throws right, from Richton, Miss.) is 9-for-24 (.375) through seven games, with two doubles, a triple and homer. A third-round draft pick out of LSU last year, Jones driven in five runs and scored four. He might have wound up on the Legends roster a few years ago, but he did not sign when Lexington’s then-parent club Houston selected him in the 19th round of the 2010 draft. He played last season with Jamestown of the New York-Penn League, batting .311 with a homer and 10 RBI over 15 games.

Radio: WLXG-AM 1300

Lee Kiefer wins Junior Worlds fencing title

April 9, 2014

Paul Laurence Dunbar High School graduate Lee Kiefer won a gold medal in women’s foil Monday in the Junior World Fencing Championships at Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

Kiefer, a 2012 London Olympian, is in the final year of her junior eligibility.

The win is the eighth Junior World medal for Kiefer, who took silver in 2011, bronze the last two years and holds four team medals at this event. Earlier this year, she also won an NCAA championship, competing for Notre Dame.

In Bulgaria, Kiefer’s opening bout in the table of 32 pitted her against Canada’s  Alanna Goldie in a rematch from the NCAA semifinals last month. Kiefer won this bout as well as she capitalized on a 9-4 lead after the second period and out-touched the Canadian, 6-2, for a 15-6 total.

In the table of 16, Kiefer faced Italian two-time Cadet World medalist Erica Cipressa  – the only fencer who beat Kiefer in the pools on Saturday. Kiefer held the upper hand this time, though, as she kept the Italian at bay with a 5-1 lead after the first period that grew to 15-6 by the end of the bout.

Kiefer was dominant again in the quarterfinals where she took an early lead against Russia’s Viktoria Alexeeva and never looked back, outscoring her opponent 15-10.

In the semifinals, Kiefer trailed another Russian, Svetlana Tripapina, 3-1 early in the first period, but quickly rebounded to take 14 of the next 18 touches to win the bout, 15-7.

Kiefer’s next opponent, Eleanor Harvey of Canada, upset the reigning Junior World Champion, Camilla Mancini of Italy, and held her own against Kiefer in the gold-medal finals. Both athletes scored four touches each in the first minute.

Kiefer dominated the second period where she scored eight straight to take a commanding lead at 12-4. Although Harvey came back in the final minute, Kiefer closed the bout out with a 15-8 victory.

A tip of the foil to Nicole Jomantas of U.S. Fencing for information provided.

Junior Women’s Foil World Championships
1. Lee Kiefer (Lexington, Ky.)
2. Eleanor Harvey (CAN)
3. Karin Miyawaki (JPN)
5. Pauline Ranvier (FRA)
6. Camila Mancini (ITA)
7. Viktoria Alexeeva (RUS)
8. Anna Szymczak (POL)
20. Jackie Dubrovich (Riverdale, N.J.)
38. Sabrina Massialas (San Francisco, Calif.)


Legends play host to Rome for 3 games

April 7, 2014

South Atlantic League baseball

lexington-legends-new-logosal-logo-romeLexington Legends
vs. Rome Braves

What: Three-game series

When: Monday through Wednesday (7:05 Monday and Tuesday nights, 10:05 Wednesday morning)

Where: Whitaker Bank Ballpark

Tickets: Call (859) 422-7867

Major League affiliates: Kansas City Royals (Legends), Atlanta Braves

Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Monday, RH Luke Farrell (0-0, 0.00) vs. RH Andy Ubiera (0-0, 0.00); Tuesday, RH Jake Junis (0-0, 0.00) vs. RH Frank LaFreniere (0-1, 4.76); Wednesday, LH Luis Rico (0-1, 15.00) vs. LH Chuck Buchanan (0-0, 0.00).

Johan Camargo

Johan Camargo

Brave to watch: Switch-hitting SS Johan Camargo (6 feet, 160 pounds, throws right, from Panama City, Panama) is 6-for-16 (.375) through his first four games of the season and has scored three times. He is batting .417 against right-handers and .250 versus lefties. Camargo hit .343 over 59 games with the Dominican Summer League Braves in 2012, driving in 26 runs and scoring 38 times. Last year, with Danville of the Appalachian League, he batted .294 over 57 games, with 14 RBI and 28 runs. He has stolen nine bases in 12 career attempts.

Ramon Torres

Ramon Torres

Legend to watch: Switch-hitting 2B Ramon Torres (5-10, 155, throws right, from Moncion, Dominican Republic) is 5-for-10 (.500) through his first three games with Lexington. Signed as a non-drafted free agent on July 13, 2009, he batted .278 in 42 games with Burlington and .218 (19-for-87) in 26 games with Lexington last season. He was the Dominican Royals’ player of the year in 2011 and led the Arizona League in sacrifice hits in 2012. Torres also finished among the Arizona League leaders in runs (second), steals (seventh), at bats (tied seventh) and hits (tied seventh).

Radio: WLXG-AM 1300

Legends have top 20 prospects, Kentuckian

March 30, 2014

A tip of the cap to the Legends’ Keith Elkins for the scoop on the 2014 ball club …

Two top 20 prospects, a native Kentuckian, and the son of the manager of the Boston Red Sox will begin the 2014 baseball season as members of the Lexington Legends.

In addition, the Legends’ co-leader in home runs in 2013, outfielder Fred Ford, will be back to the start the 2014 season in Lexington.

The Kansas City Royals, the Legends’ parent club, released rosters for their minor league affiliates at the conclusion of spring training in Surprise, Ariz.

Outfielder Elier Hernandez, 19, is ranked as the Royals’ 11th-best prospect by mlb.com. Hernandez, a native of the Dominican Republic, batted .301 in 2013 with three homers and 44 runs batted in in 66 games with Idaho Falls, which won the championship in the Pioneer League.

mlb.com described Hernandez as having “considerable offensive potential” and as “a good athlete with tremendous bat speed…certainly has the arm most teams want from the corner spot.” Hernandez signed with the Royals in 2011, and is “believed by many to be the top Latin American talent in that class,” according to mbl.com.

Infielder Humberto Arteaga, who spent part of 2013 with the Legends, returns to Lexington to start the 2014 season. He is ranked 19th among Royals prospects by mlb.com. Arteaga, known for outstanding defensive skills, played shortstop and second base for Lexington and Idaho Falls in 2013.

Pitcher Andrew Edwards, a native of Benton, Ky., who resides in Gilbertsville, becomes the fourth native Kentuckian to play for the Legends, joining Josh Anderson (Somerset), Chris Clark (Richmond) and Jason Chowning (Louisville). Edwards, a right-hander who pitched for Western Kentucky University, began his professional career in 2013 with Burlington. He was third in the Appalachian League in saves with eight.

Luke Farrell has been around professional baseball all his life, and is now working his way up the minor league ladder as a pitcher. The son of Boston Red Sox Manager John Farrell was selected in the sixth round of the June 2013 free agent draft. Luke, a Northwestern University graduate in communications studies, was named Academic All Big 10 in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and was second team All Big 10 in 2013. On April 20 of last year, Farrell, a right-hander, threw a shutout against Michigan in a game played at Wrigley Field.   His brother Shane was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays and now works in the Chicago Cubs front office. Another brother, Jeremy, plays in the Chicago White Sox organization.

Ford returns after hitting 13 home runs with Lexington last year, tying him for the team lead with Bubba Starling. Other players on the 2014 roster who saw action with Lexington last season, in addition to Arteaga, are catchers Jin-Ho Shin and Chad Johnson, and infielders Michael Antonio and Ramon Torres.

“The Royals are sending some exciting young players to Lexington in 2014,” said Legends President/COO Andy Shea. “We’re looking forward to a great season, and can’t wait to get started.”

The Legends open the season Thursday at 7:05 p.m., when they take on the West Virginia Power, an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. For ticket information, visit lexingtonlegends.com or call (859) 422-7867.

Complete roster (uniform numbers to be assigned):


Alvarez, Matt                  6’2″          190         R/R    1/11/91        Cranbury, NJ

Black, Alex                     6’3″         210         R/R    2/27/91        Houston, TX

Edwards, Andrew         6’6″         265         R/R    10/7/91        Benton, KY

Fairchild, Austin            6’0″         195         R/L    3/25/94       Houston, TX

Farrell, Luke                   6’6″         205         L/R    6/7/91          Westlake, OH

Junis, Jake                     6’2″         225         R/R    9/16/92       Jacksonville, AR

McCarthy, Kevin            6’3″         200         R/R    2/22/92       New York, NY

Ogando, Cesar              6’1″         249         R/L     6/6/92         Bayamon, PR

Perez, Kevin                  6’0″         210         R/R      8/1/93        Coral Gables, FL

Rico, Luis                        6’1″         175         L/L     11/29/93     Puerto La Cruz, VZ

Rodriguez, Jose            6’1″         203         R/R     9/18/92       Monte Cristi, DR

Santos, Luis                   6’0″         182         R/R     2/11/91       Bonao, DR

Tenuta, Matt                   6’3″         219         R/L     12/16/93     Dallas, TX



Johnson, Chad              6’0″         191         R/R     5/31/94       Galesburg, IL

Schwindel, Frank          6’1″         210         R/R    6/29/92        Livingston, NJ

Shin, Jin-Ho                   6’1″         212         R/R    10/20/91      Hwasun-gun, So. Korea



Antonio, Michael           6’1″         195         R/R     10/26/91     New York, NY

Arteaga, Humberto       6’0″         183         R/R     1/23/94       Valencia, Carabobo, VZ

Duenez, Samir              6’1″         195         L/R      6/11/95      Catia La Mar, VZ

Garcia, Carlos               5’10″       172         R/R      3/18/92      Caracas, VZ                            

Ramos, Mauricio           6’1″         181         R/R      2/2/92        Colombia                      

Torres, Ramon              5’11″       166         S/R      1/22/93      Santiago Rodriguez, DR


Escalera, Alfredo           6’1″         186         R/R     2/17/95       San Juan, PR                            

Ford, Fred                        6’5″         206         R/R    4/10/92        St. Louis, MO

Hernandez, Elier            6’3″         197         R/R     11/21/94     San Cristobal, DR                            

Taylor, Dominique          6’1″         200         R/R     8/11/92       Frankfurt, Germany                       


Buchanan, Brian           6’4″         230            7/21/73     Miami, FL                            

Hitting coach                        

Nunez, Abraham          5’11″       200        3/16/76       Santo Domingo, DR

Pitching coach      

             Merriman, Steve                                        7/16/67        Mt. Pleasant, MI


Hubbard, Glenn             5’7″         180       9/25/57      Hahn AFB, Germany

Athletic Trainer:  Mark Keiser

Strength and conditioning coach: Aaron Reis


Transylvania eliminates Jack Ebel’s position

March 7, 2014

Jack Ebel, associate athletics director at Transylvania, was fired by the university Thursday when his position was eliminated.
Sallie Showalter, interim director of communications, confirmed the move Friday.
A 1977 Transylvania graduate, Ebel was named Transy’s first swimming and diving head coach in 1978, a position he held for 28 years. He has also coached men’s and women’s tennis and founded the school’s summer All-Sports Program.
He was inducted into the Pioneer Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005 and was the national NAIA Swim Coach of the Year in 1999 and 2000. He coached 74 national All-American swimmers.
Ebel has also served as assistant director of the William T. Young Campus Center and taught physical education. He was named associate athletics director in 2013.

Warner leads Morehead over Eastern Kentucky

February 8, 2014

Angelo Warner scored a career-high 33 points Saturday to lead visiting Morehead State to an 86-79 victory over Eastern Kentucky.

The Eagles (16-9 overall, 7-3 Ohio Valley Conference) moved into second place in the league.

Warner hit 10 of 15 shots from the floor, including 3 of 6 three-pointers, and was perfect in 10 chances at the free-throw line.

Greg Dotson added 14 points for the Eagles, while Drew Kelly had 10.

Morehead dominated the rebounding 34-20, led by Chad Posthumus with 13.

Eastern (17-8, 7-4) was led by Glenn Cosey with 18 points. Tarius Johnson and Orlando Williams scored 14 each, while Eric Stutz and Corey Walden had 12 apiece. Walden led the Colonels in rebounds with eight.

Morehead sealed the win by sinking 25 of 31 free throws. Eastern finished 22 of 32 at the line.

UK’s Bryant added to The Bowerman watch list

February 6, 2014

Dezerea Bryant of Kentucky and Dani Bunch of Purdue were added to the February edition of the Women’s Watch List for The Bowerman – collegiate track & field’s highest individual honor – which was announced Thursday by The Bowerman Watch List Committee.

In addition, UK hurdler Kendra Harrison is on the “also receiving votes” list for the Bowerman

Bryant, a junior sprinter at Kentucky, and Bunch, a senior thrower at Purdue, parlayed collegiate-leading performances in January into inclusion on The Watch List. Both represent the first appearances by their respective programs on either the men’s or women’s Watch List.

Bryant is the collegiate leader at 60 meters in 7.19 with three of the four fastest times in 2014, and is second among collegians at 200 meters in 23.04.

Bunch is just ¾ of an inch shy of the all-time collegiate top-10 performers list in the weight throw with a nation-leading 73-4 (22.35  meters) with the four best throws among collegians, and is ranked third among collegians in the shot put at 56-4¾ (17.19m).

The duo bumped Florida’s Cory McGee and San Diego State’s Shanieka Thomas down to “also receiving votes” status.

The Bowerman women’s watch list, February 2014

Kamaria Brown (jr., Texas A&M) sprints

Dezera Bryant (jr., Kentucky) sprints

Dani Bunch (sr., Purdue) throws

Abby D’Agostino (jr., Dartmouth) distance

Phyllis Francis (sr., Oregon) middle-distance

Anna Jelmini (sr., Arizona State) throws

Shalaya Kipp (sr., Colorado) distance

Laura Roesler (sr., Oregon) middle-distance

Ashley Spencer (jr., Texas) sprints

Lindsay Vollmer (jr., Kansas) combined events

Also receiving votes — Natalia Bartnovskaya (Kansas); Ciarra Brewer (Florida); Emily Grove (South Dakota); Kendra Harrison (Kentucky); Cory McGee (Florida); Sami Spenner (Nebraska); Shanieka Thomas (San Diego State); Jasmine Todd (Oregon).

Kentucky Pro Football Hall names inductees

January 31, 2014

The Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame announced it 2014 inductees Friday at the Frazier History Museum in Louisville.

They are former Manual and Michigan State running back Sherman Lewis, who served on the coaching staffs of the San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions; former Louisville defensive lineman Elvis Dumervil, formerly of the Denver Broncos and now with the Baltimore Ravens; former Kentucky and Miami Dolphins star Larry Seiple, who later coached with Detroit, Tampa Bay and Miami; and former Louisville and Miami Dolphins and Green Bay Packers receiver Mark Clayton.

In addition, the Centre College football team will be inducted.

“We take delight in remembering that Centre was, in fact, a national power in collegiate sports between 1917 and throughout the 1920s,” said Dr. John Roush, president of Centre. “Bo McMillan and several of his teammates were among the best football players in the country during that time, and Centre’s 1921 team of C6HO fame stands as an important part of the college’s story as a place where extraordinary things occur on a regular basis.”

Frank  Minnifield, out of Henry Clay and the University of Louisville and a former cornerback for the Cleveland Browns, will receive the eighth annual Blanton Collier Award for Integrity, named after the former UK and Browns coach.

The official induction ceremony weekend will take place in Louisville with a ring ceremony on Friday, June 19, followed by a golf-outing fundraiser at Covered Bridge, and the awards banquet at the Brown Hotel on Saturday, June 20.

Proceeds will support the Children’s Hospital Foundation, Norton Kosair Children’s Hospital and its Brave Hearts, a support group of local families united by their children’s fight for life after being born with complex congenital heart defects that require heart surgery.