Jim’s Journal, May 7th, 2024

Some schools called afternoon sports events off, some kept plans in place…  Tuesday was one of those off and on afternoons of weather across southeastern Indiana.  Some places got a lot of rain, mud, and such, and others stayed pretty dry…  and some, of course, were able to play whatever the conditions, with artificial turf.  It was hard to keep track of exactly which events in which places were on and which off, depending on whether it was wet or dry in any certain location.  We’ll keep doing our best to  check on and report the scores of the events that do happen, and those that get rescheduled, we’ll wait for, and bring them to you later.  Check of course with your local school as to what’s happening and what’s not.  We’ll be happy to report on ‘em, whenever they’re played.


Major fallout was reported Tuesday from Indy, as Team Penske penalized its own cars and drivers after that illegal acceleration device snafu at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Florida, back in March.  The team said in a press release, there were in these words, “significant failures in our processes and internal communications.”  Those referred to the illegal use of IndyCar’s “push to pass” technology during that particular race, when the other teams weren’t using it.  The Penske cars finished 1st, 3rd, and 4th that day.  Team Penske has now suspended 4 key team members, including President Tim Cindric, for the next 2 races, one of which will be the Indianapolis 500, on the 26th.  Cindric says in a statement acknowledging mistakes, in these words, “it’s about what we didn’t do.  It’s our responsibility to provide the team and all our drivers with the right processes to ensure something like this can’t happen.  For that, I apologize.”  Cindric goes on to say he failed leading the team, and felt he should be accountable for that.


In the first game of the NBA Eastern Conference semi-finals last night, the Pacers didn’t quite get it done, but they were close.  The Knicks’ Jalen Brunson scored 43 points, his 4th straight game of 40 or more, to help the Knicks slip by Indiana, 121-117 at Madison Square Garden.  Myles Turner led the Pacers with 23.  Game 2 of the series is also in New York, tipping tomorrow night at 8:00.


The Reds are back on the diamond inside Great American Ballpark tonight, hosting the Diamondbacks in the first game of 3.  Cincinnati got swept by the Orioles in its last 3, this past weekend.  They’ll look to get back on track tonight, with Frankie Montas starting on the mound, against Zach Gallen for Arizona.  The broadcast starts at 6:10, on the Sports Voice, 103.9 FM, WRBI.


Monday afternoon high school softball saw those Greensburg Pirates improving to an even stronger 14 & 4 on the season, blanking Rushville 4-0.  East Central moved into double digits with its 10th win of the season against only 7 losses, beating Connersville 4-2, Edinburgh held South Decatur scoreless 15-0, and Milan blasted Switzerland County, 13-0.


Baseball to start the week had East Central getting by Greensburg 6-5, Franklin County shutting out Lawrenceburg 4-0, South Decatur also blanking Edinburgh 4-0, and Centerville topping Oldenburg Academy, 8-5.


It was a big day on the links Monday for the Charger golf team of North Decatur.  For a while it didn’t look like the triangular meet would get played due to rain, but the showers cleared up and the Chargers, along with Hauser and Edinburgh, had good conditions on the fairways and greens.  North Decatur says it was their first home match of the season, and they definitely seemed to have felt at home, outdistancing their opponents by 50 strokes, with only 160 as opposed to Edinburgh’s 210 and Hauser’s 214.  North Decatur was led by 3 co-medalists, all shooting 39’s for the 9 holes–  Owen Eldridge, Jack Koehne making it his season low, and Cooper Palmer with that his career low.