Jim’s Journal, April 18th, 2024

It was a tough afternoon Wednesday for the Reds in Seattle, as they got held down to a 1-hitter, losing 5-1 to the Mariners.  The big bright spot for Cincinnati, Elly De La Cruz’s solo home run in the second inning.  Other than that blast, starting Seattle pitcher Bryce Miller was untouchable over his 6 innings of work, and 3 relievers followed him to stop the Reds.  It’s not like Cincinnati’s Andrew Abbott wasn’t pitching well—  the starter matched Miller through 5 innings, essentially allowing the Mariners only a 2-run homer to Cal Raleigh in the 2nd.  But Mitch Garver and Josh Rojas also got dingers off the Reds relievers… again the final Seattle 5, Reds 1.  No action today, but Cincinnati will be back home tomorrow for 3 games against the Angels, and 4 with the Phillies.  We’ll have the Reds-LA broadcast for you Friday evening at 6:10, only on the Sports Voice, 103.9 FM, WRBI.


Local diamond action had Franklin County softball going to 6 & 1 on the season, topping South Dearborn 4-2, North Decatur beat Edinburgh 11-1, and it went the other way for South Ripley, Rising Sun shutting out the Raiders 11-0.  Baseball-wise, Milan got beaten by Southwestern at Hanover 13-3, Rushville beat South Dearborn 4-3, North Decatur topped Edinburgh 12-9, and on the road, South Ripley ripped Rising Sun, 14-1.


On tap today—  North Decatur softball and baseball go to Edinburgh…  Oldenburg Academy softball hosts Morristown…  Milan is at Franklin County…  South Dearborn goes to Batesville…  Greensburg hosts Lawrenceburg…  and South Ripley goes to Trinity Lutheran.

The boys of baseball also have Franklin County at Batesville…  East Central goes to Connersville…  South Dearborn’s at Greensburg.


We got word this week of another coaching change.  Matt McNew resigning as girls’ basketball coach at South Ripley, after 5 seasons that included 75 wins and 49 losses, along with 3 sectional championships.  The school board accepted McNew’s resignation Monday, but Athletic Director Jeff Gorrell tells WRBI the opening’s now posted, and they’re looking forward to getting applications and interviewing candidates.


It’s a big scandal in pro basketball–  any links to big-time gambling on the games.  The NBA now says Jontay Porter will never play another of its games.  The now ex-Toronto Raptor’s been banned for life, after a probe found he gave a known bettor information about his own health before a game last month.  Porter had been known to place bets himself, too.  Commissioner Adam Silver says the integrity of the NBA had to be protected.