Jim’s Journal, April 22nd, 2024

Tonight, please join us for a special edition of Coaches’ Corner with Terrance Arney.  We’ll be re-living some of the biggest high school sports moments of this school year, as it winds down.  It’s the last Coaches’ Corner of ’23-’24, tonight at 6:00, exclusively here on WRBI.


It was some Sunday afternoon for the Reds, beginning with a big scare.  Starting pitcher Frankie Montas was hit by a batted ball in the right forearm, just below the elbow, early in the first inning. Frankie had to leave the game, but the bullpen did well, Brent Suter throwing 3 1/3 scoreless innings, to lock down the win and the series with the Angels, 3-0 at Great American.  Montas was later diagnosed with a severe bruise, a contusion, to his forearm, but x-rays showed no evidence of any broken bones. A new series with the Phillies opens tonight, and you can hear all its action live, beginning with the first pitch at 6:40, right after Coaches’ Corner, only on the Sports Voice, 103.9 FM, WRBI.


There’s been plenty of action on local diamonds, as there is each weekend…  Saturday in a Kentucky baseball tournament, the Bulldogs of Batesville lost to Walton-Verona of the bluegrass state 4-2, but the ‘Dawgs beat Newport Central Catholic, 8-5.  Also in action Saturday, Connersville defeated  Franklin County, 10-5, East Central won twice over Union County that day, 14-9 and 7-2, and South Dearborn topped Oldenburg Academy, 5-3.


On the softball side, North Decatur beat Morristown 6-4 Saturday, and South Ripley split its double-header with Brown County, dropping the opener 9-0, then bouncing back to win the second contest, 13-4.


Softball today pits Oldenburg Academy against South Ripley…  Jac-Cen-Del goes to Madison… Greensburg’s hosting Shelbyville…  South Decatur’s at Columbus Christian… Milan’s visiting Trimble County, Kentucky…  and Franklin County goes to Connersville.


They’ll play hardball today between North Decatur and Oldenburg… also Crothersville visits Jac-Cen-Del… South Decatur plays in Shelbyville, against Southwestern…  Franklin County goes to South Dearborn…  Batesville hosts Greensburg… East Central’s at Rushville… and South Ripley’s hosting Shawe Memorial.


The IndyCars are out there, with the month of May starting mid next week.  They ran the Acura Long Beach Grand Prix in California Sunday, and Scott Dixon won it, narrowly holding off hard-charging Colton Herta at the finish line, by just under a second.  It’s the 57th win of Dixon’s career, and defending IndyCar series champ Alex Palou finished 3rd.