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Jim’s Journal, May 15, 2024 – WRBI Radio


Professional basketball didn’t go the way the Indiana teams wanted it to last night. In former Iowa women’s superstar Caitlin Clark’s regular season debut, the WNBA Fever lost 92-71 to the Connecticut Sun. Caitlin scored 20 points in her first official professional game, but also committed 10 turnovers.

In the NBA postseason, the Pacers and New York Knicks have looked alternately unstoppable and then pathetic. It’s happened to both teams, and last night the Pacers looked nothing like the Knicks-decimating machine they were on Sunday, when they themselves were blasted by New York at Madison Square Garden, 121-91. It seemed to Indiana that the Knicks got every break, and they cruised to victory, led by Jalen Brunson’s 44 points. So now New York is up three games to two, and Indiana’s season could end in Game 6 on Friday.

Things improved on the diamond, where the Reds took an early lead over the Diamondbacks in Arizona. On the mound, Cincinnati’s Hunter Greene retired the first six batters he faced to set the tone. He pitched seven innings, allowing the Snakes just five hits, two earned runs and just one walk, for his second win of the season, the final 6-2 Reds. Offensively, Jeimer Candelario had a couple of hits that helped, Tyler Stephenson had three hits in the game, and in the fifth inning, Will Benson actually got a hold of a ball, driving it to right-center field and out of the park. a 2-run homer, his 5th dinger of the season. Today concludes the Diamondbacks series, airing this afternoon at 3:10 on Sports Voice, 103.9 FM, WRBI.

It was a rainy Tuesday afternoon here, so most of the high school softball and baseball games couldn’t be played. North Decatur was one of the few schools to let everyone know that games had been postponed due to the wet: baseball against South Decatur until today and softball against the Cougars until tomorrow, both starting at 5:30 p.m. Batesville-Rushville baseball was also moved, so those teams will play 2 on Friday. However, a few games did get in on Tuesday: Greensburg softball closed out Lawrenceburg 4 to nothing, a South Ripley softball game continued from the 6th and went to the Raiders 6 to 4 over Jac-Cen-Del, and South Ripley baseball defeated the Eagles in their scheduled match, 4-3. And also postponed for the girls track Tuesday weather sectional at East Central. That meeting has been reset for today.