Jim’s Journal, June 17th, 2024

The Batesville Bats 16 & under baseball squad finished 2nd in the Diamond Kings tournament in Kentucky over the weekend…  Batesville almost came all the way back from a 4-0 deficit in the final inning of the championship game, but couldn’t quite overcome the Rawlings Tigers of Floyds Knobs, the final 4-3.  Next action for Batesville, tomorrow evening against Madison.


In the Reds’ weekend series with the Brewers in Milwaukee, after winning 6-5 Friday, Cincinnati was held scoreless ‘til the 9th inning Saturday, then lost with their fewest runs since May 28th, 3-1.  Things looked good early Sunday afternoon when Spencer Steer hit his 8th homer of the season to lead off the 4th, the Reds leading 3-0.  Later, Milwaukee’s Willy Adames smashed a multi-run go-ahead homer in the bottom of the 6th.  Adames later made a bad throw in the 9th, which put the Reds’ tying run in scoring position, forcing the Brewers to intentionally walk Elly De La Cruz with 2 outs.  Then a single to center field got thrown to the plate for the final out, Milwaukee winning it 5-4.

Tonight the Reds open a new series against the Pirates in Pittsburgh, and the broadcast comes to you starting at 6:10, here on your Home of the Reds, the Sports Voice, 103.9, WRBI.


Big win Sunday for the WNBA’s Indiana Fever, as they knocked off the Chicago Sky, 91-83.  Rookie Caitlin Clark led the way with 23 points on 7 of 11 shooting, she pulled down 8 rebounds and dished off 9 assists— nearly a triple double–  and Clark had 2 blocked shots, with a great assist pass to NaLyssa Smith sealing the win.


At the Olympic swimming trials at Lucas Oil Stadium, Gretchen Walsh set a new world record in the 100-meter butterfly at 55.18 seconds Saturday, then won the semifinal in qualifications Sunday as well.  In the women’s 200-meter freestyle, Anna Peplowski grabbed 2nd place, in 1:57.55.  In the men’s 200-meter freestyle semifinals last evening, Kieran Smith touched the wall first in 1:45.39, to advance to the final for that event. In the men’s 100-meter backstroke semis, Ryan Murphy took the first one at 52.65 seconds.  The finals that’ll lock in most of the actual US Olympic swim teams are set for tonight at Lucas Oil.


No IndyCar race this weekend, but the drivers and machines will be back in action next Sunday the 23rd, at the Grand Prix of Monterey, California.