Jim’s Journal, April 2nd, 2024

On the big-league baseball diamond in Philadelphia, Spencer Steer was the man for the Reds last night, when the game was tied 2-2 after 9 innings.  With the bases loaded in the top of the 10th, Spencer unloaded on a strike ball that was right over the plate, launching it over the left-center field fence, for a grand slam and a 6-2 Cincinnati lead.  The Phillies could only muster a single score in the bottom of the inning, the Reds taking the win 6-3.  The series continues tonight, so be sure to join us for pregame coverage at 6:10, on the Sports Voice, 103.9 FM, WRBI.


There were lots of local high schools also enjoying the diamond lives Monday.  For the girls, in softball, Batesville dropped to 1 & 1 on the season, getting blanked by Rushville 9-0.  Today, the Bulldogs host winless Jac-Cen-Del, a day after the Eagles got burned by unbeaten Scottsburg, 22-2.  South Ripley moved to 1 & 1 by hammering Austin, 11-1, and South Dearborn went over .500 to 3 & 2 on the season by blasting Switzerland County, 16-2.


Boys’ baseball action Monday had East Central dropping Franklin County 10-3.  The Trojans go again today, playing at Columbus North.  Jac-Cen-Del evened its record at 1 & 1, and kept South Decatur winless, the Eagles taking it 4-1.  JCD will look to make it 2 in a row today, when Southwestern of Shelbyville drops in.  Lawrenceburg stayed unbeaten at 3 & 0, ruining Greensburg’s season opener 4-3, and Connersville evened Batesville’s season so far at 1 & 1, getting by the Bulldogs 7-6.


More games today– North Decatur visits Batesville and Madison goes to Greensburg in baseball, plus softball has East Central at Connersville.


Women’s college basketball has cemented its Final Four, Connecticut getting back to that top group with a strong effort from Paige Bueckers, who dropped in 28 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to help her Huskies finish Southern California’s season 80-73.  Iowa’s Caitlin Clark scored 41 points as the Hawkeyes eliminated LSU, 94-87.  So on Friday in Cleveland, the games will feature unbeaten overall Number 1 South Carolina against North Carolina State, and UConn versus Iowa.


Remember the men’s NIT Final Four getting underway tonight in Indy, with the ISU Sycamores taking on Utah!


And in the NBA at Gainbridge last night, the Pacers had little trouble outdistancing the Nets, 133-111.