Riddle red-hot at the plate

State Journal Staff Report Published:

Former Western Hills High/University of Kentucky baseball standout J.T. Riddle has rebounded from a recent ankle injury to enjoy some of the best baseball of his young career in his first season with the Class A Greensboro, N.C., Grasshoppers.

Riddle suffered a severe ankle sprain early in the spring and spent some time on the disabled list, while carrying a batting average around .150.

But in the past month, Riddle has been back in the Grasshoppers’ lineup and has been red-hot at the plate, raising his batting average to .258.

In the past 10 games, Riddle has 13 hits in 39 at-bats. He has five multiple hit games during that stretch, including a 4-for-5 night May 14 against Rome, Ga.

Greensboro was 23-21 on the season going into a game Thursday night at Rome, good enough for a second-place tie in the Northern Division of the South Atlantic League.

Hagerstown, Md., leads the division at 32-12.

The Grasshoppers will be in Lexington for a three-game series against the Legends July 1-3, with game time each night at 7:05.

The closest area appearance prior to that is a three-game series against the West Virginia Power in Charleston, W.Va., June 9-11.

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