Jim’s Journal, April 10th, 2024

It looked for a while early this afternoon like things might dry out and allow a second straight day of softball and baseball for our local high schoolers, but that seems not to be happening now, as rain’s picked up in a lot of places.  There were a lot of potentially good games scheduled on the diamonds, too.

We were looking for games like Milan softball getting  a visit from Switzerland County… East Central hoping to get back on the scoring track at Batesville… and Oldenburg still shooting for  a first win, at undefeated Greensburg.  For baseball, Switz was  also scheduled for a visit to Milan…  and East Central’s boys were expected to be playing in Batesville, but again all that’s before the rain moved back in.  Of course some of the potential games could still be played, if it’s drier where you are…  check with your school officials or coaches for the best info.

It was dry enough Tuesday to get quite a few high school baseball and softball games in, so here are some of those scores…  For the girls, Milan softball’s now won 7 of its last 8, after starting the season with a 6-game losing streak.  Tuesday, the Indians shut out South Decatur, 15-0.  Also, Franklin County’s undefeated, despite having played a lot fewer games…  The Wildcats now 3 & 0 after a 5-2 victory over Centerville.  Greensburg hammered Batesville 13-1, Waldron took care of Oldenburg Academy 10-2…  Lawrenceburg had no trouble with South Dearborn, 17-6… and it was a tough one for East Central, getting belted 20-0 by New Palestine.

In Tuesday baseball it was South Ripley over OA 4-3…  Columbus North shutting out Batesville 5-0… Franklin County topping Connersville 3-2.  Seymour blanked South Dearborn 9-0, it was Jac-Cen-Del over Shawe Memorial 12-8, and Greensburg beating Rushville 10-2.


Those who get paid the big bucks to play these games will be back at it, in Great American Ballpark tonight, the Reds hosting the Brewers in the 3rd contest of their series.  Milwaukee evened it up last night, 9-5.  Wade Miley gets the pitching start for the Brewers, Hunter Greene for Cincy.  You can hear every moment, only on the radio—  the broadcast begins at 6:10, on the Sports Voice, 103.9 FM, WRBI.


To anyone who tells you all the time that people only watch men’s college basketball on TV…  you can now shoot back, that that’s not true anymore.  Sunday afternoon’s women’s national championship between Iowa and South Carolina, the Gamecocks successfully defending last year’s title, drew an average of 18.9 million viewers according to the latest TV ratings, while the men’s title contest Monday night between Purdue and UConn got some 4 million fewer sets of eyeballs, only around 14.8 million.  And the women’s matchup peaked even higher, averaging more than 24 million during the final 15 minutes of that nail-biter.  That game’s now the 2nd most-watched non-Olympic women’s sporting event ever in the US.


In the NBA, the Pacers have a couple nights off after their 140-123 win over the Raptors.  They’ll drop in on the Cavaliers in Cleveland Friday.