Jim’s Journal, April 24th, 2024



The IndyCar organization has issued nearly unprecedented penalties, for rules violations committed during its Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Florida, back on March 10th.  The number 2 and 3 cars, driven by Josef Newgarden and Scott McLaughlin respectively, have been disqualified from the race, and a 10-point penalty’s been assessed against the Number 12, driven by Will Power.  All 3 cars are part of Team Penske.  Officials say the 3 violated rules on the use of a device called “Push to Pass.”  There are only certain points in a race it can be used, and it has to be disabled the rest of the time.  IndyCar says the 3 teams changed the system to let them use it on restarts, which isn’t allowed, and the Newgarden and McLaughlin cars gained a competitive advantage, while Power didn’t.  Each of the 3 teams has also been fined 25 thousand dollars.  Newgarden had won the race, so his disqualification means Pato O’Ward’s Number 5 McLaren has been named the winner.


The Reds got another great performance from Christian Encarnacion-Strand against the Phillies last night.  He batted in 2 runs, led off the 5th inning with a single that was followed by an Elly De La Cruz homer, and Cincinnati burned the Phils, 8-1.  The series continues at Great American tonight, and you can hear the game live, only on the radio, beginning at 6:10 on the Sports Voice, 103.9 FM, WRBI.


In the NBA playoffs, the Pacers evened their series with the Bucks at a game apiece, 125-108 in Milwaukee.  Pascal Siakam led the Pacers with 37 points.  Game 3’s set for Friday night at Gainbridge.


There was boys’ high school golf played Tuesday, North Decatur’s Chargers charging to a triangular match win, only needing 166 strokes to beat Rising Sun, which posted 172, and Oldenburg Academy with 188.  The day’s medalist, Rising Sun’s Nate Elliot, shot a 38.  Owen Eldridge of North Decatur was hot on his heels with a 39, and the Chargers’ Austin Gould carded a personal career low of 40.


High school baseball Tuesday saw Greensburg make quick work of South Ripley, 15-5 in 5 innings, Leland Workman driving in 4 runs on a pair of triples.  Greensburg will be back on the diamond tomorrow, hosting Batesville.  Rushville needed 8 innings to get by South Dearborn 7-5 Tuesday.  Softball had Tri shutting out South Decatur 13-0, Rising Sun beating South Dearborn 7-5.  Batesville’s rescheduled its planned Connersville game that got rained out for Saturday, with the JV’s starting at 9:30, and the varsity to follow.


Softball action planned for today includes Southwestern of Hanover visiting Jac-Cen-Del, South Decatur hosting Knightstown, Franklin County at Greensburg, South Dearborn going to South Ripley, and Lawrenceburg visiting East Central.

Baseball should see North Decatur at Rushville, Jac-Cen-Del also hosting Southwestern of Hanover, and Milan going to Shawe Memorial.