Jim’s Journal, May 20th, 2024


High school softball fires up its post-season sectionals tonight.  We have some of that action for you, opening with the Franklin County Wildcats taking on the Batesville Bulldogs.  The broadcast starts at 5:45, and at 7:30, North Decatur and South Decatur face each other.  Also playing tonight, Jac-Cen-Del and Waldron.   There’s more action in softball, and baseball too, the baseball tournament starting Wednesday.  A lot of your local teams’ games will be here on the Sports Voice, 103.9 FM, WRBI.


Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, drivers looking to take part in next weekend’s 500 qualified for the big event, with Scott McLaughlin of New Zealand securing the pole position, at the top 4-lap average speed of 234.22 miles an hour, the fastest pole speed ever for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.  With Will Power qualifying 2nd and defending champion Josef Newgarden 3rd, it’s the first time Team Penske has occupied the entire Indy front row since 1988.  McLaughlin likes the sound of that, saying, “Very proud of the group, I think.  To do it now, with these two boys, but also in Roger’s house, I think we’re all just very happy for Roger.  Josef winning last year was fantastic, but a lot of the objective was to bring faster cars, and I think we certainly have.”  McLaughlin’s only the 2nd New Zealander ever to capture the pole for the 500.  Be with us for the big event next Sunday morning, the broadcast beginning at 11:30, here on the Place For The Race, 103.9, WRBI.


The Pacers shot the highest field goal percentage in the history of the NBA playoffs Sunday, at 67.1%, in New York’s Madison Square Garden.  That’s how they eliminated the Knicks from the postseason, 130-109, in Game 7.  It was the only time in that series the visiting team won a game.  Next, the Pacers take on the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals.  The first 2 games are tomorrow night and Thursday, in Boston.


Sunday, it looked like the Reds might’ve gotten out of LA with a split of their 4 games with the Dodgers.  Elly De La Cruz was on 2nd base, looking ready to score as he often does from there, but in the top of the 10th inning, he couldn’t get it done–  no stolen base, no run scored–  and in the bottom of the 10th Shohei Ohtani batted in an RBI single for the Dodgers to win 3-2 on the first walk-off hit of his career.  Now Cincinnati heads home to start a new series with the Padres tomorrow.