Local Sports Headlines: June 17, 2022

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Indiana Cutters host Kentucky Cardinals in Martinsville
After having last Saturday off due to a bye week, the Indiana Cutters Semipro Football Team is back in action Saturday Night at 6 pm as they host the Kentucky Cardinals at Martinsville HS in the Cutters annual Salute to Service Game. The Cutters are 1-1 on the season while the Cardinals are 1-2. The Cardinals were scheduled to play the Kentucky Huskies last Saturday in Bardstown Kentucky, but the Huskies have folded, and the Cardinals were given a 2-0 forfeit win. The Cardinals lost to the Indiana Tornados 31-2 on June 4.

The Cutters and Cardinals met in the Season Opener on May 14, in Bardstown with the Cutters winning 22-6. The Cardinals scored on a fumble return that made the game 6-0 but the Cutters scored the next 22 points with three rushing touchdowns and a field goal. The Cutters had 156 rushing yards and 127 Passing Yards for 283 Total Yards. The Cardinals had 121 total yards with 88 through the air and the remaining 33 on the ground. This is the third matchup between the two teams with series tied 1-1 and the first time the Cardinals travel to the Cutters.

The Columbus Gladiators beat the Cutters 38-36 on June 4. The Cutters had 140 yards rushing with three touchdowns and 149 yards passing and two touchdowns for 249 yards, but the Gladiators threw for 241 yards and 5 touchdowns along with 68 rushing yards, that gave them 309 total yards. The Cutters have scored 58 points in the first two games of the season while giving up 44 points on defense.

Bloomington Speedway in action to honor Kevin “The Pup” Huntley
The Bloomington Speedway Returns to action this evening to celebrate the memory of Kevin Huntley who passed away on January 8th, at age 56. Kevin was a six-time USAC National Feature winning driver, dear friend to Bloomington Speedway and many other locations here in his hometown of Bloomington. Fans can purchase a raffle ticket at the Novelty Stand or the Pit gate for a chance to win one of his uniforms with all proceeds from the uniform raffle will be going to the Monroe County Humane Society. 410 Non-Wing Sprints are 5k to win and 305 Racesaver Sprints are 5k to win, plus modifieds, super stocks, and hornets will be racing plus a fireworks show to end the evening.

The Pits open at 4pm, Gates at open at 5 pm, Hot Laps at 6:30 pm and Racing begins at 7:30pm. Admission to the Pits is $35 for adults and $10 For Children Under 15. General Admission is $5 for Adults and Kids 10 and under are admitted free with proof of age. For more information, visit www.racebloomingtonspeedway.com

IHSAA State Baseball Finals this weekend close out 2021-22 school year
The 55th annual Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) Baseball State Finals return to Victory Field for a 24th time this evening and tomorrow night and will be the final competition to close out the 2021-22 School Year and Sports Season in the State of Indiana. The 2A and 3A championships will be played tonight, with the 1A and 4A matchups slated for tomorrow. GA tickets are $12 and kids 5 and under receive free admission per IHSAA guidelines. Fans may also contact any of the eight respective schools competing in the championships to purchase tickets. Each night will be sold as a separate session; each ticket is good for both games that night. Fans for the visiting teams will sit on the first base side of the seating bowl while fans for the home teams will sit on the third base side. Gates open at 4:30pm this afternoon and at 3:30pm tomorrow. Limited parking is available in the Victory Field parking lot for $10 (cash and card accepted) starting at 2:30pm this afternoon and at 1:30pm tomorrow. Concessions will be available and are cashless – only debit and credit cards are acceptable forms of payment.

  • 2A Championship, 5:37 PM ET Centerville (21-5, visitors) vs. Illiana Christian (21-7, home)
  • 3A Championship, approximately 8:07 PM ET Brebeuf Jesuit (26-4, visitors) vs. Andrean (30-4, home)

Saturday

  • 1A Championship, 4:37 PM ET Tecumseh (19-12, visitors) vs. Lafayette Central Catholic (26-6, home)
  • 4A Championship, approximately 8:07 PM ET Indianapolis Cathedral (18-10-2, visitors) vs. Penn (25-6, home)

All four state championship games will air live on Bally Sports Indiana (BSIN). For viewers outside the BSIN coverage area, a live stream will be available at IHSAAtv.org. For those within the BSIN coverage area, the stream will be available only on a delayed basis following the conclusion of the telecast.

Indiana Fever fall at home to Phoenix Mercury
The Indiana Fever was unable to overcome a halftime deficit on the way to a 93-80 loss to the Phoenix Mercury in the first of three matchups between the two teams in a two-week stretch. Phoenix improves to 6-9 this season, while Indiana is 4-13. Kelsey Mitchell led the way for the Fever, scoring 19 points in the second half on the way to a 26-point performance. In her franchise record-breaking 139th consecutive game played; Mitchell recorded her 10th game of the season with at least 20 points. Victoria Vivians had her 11th game with at least 10 points, ending with 14 points and five assists for Indiana. Queen Egbo tied a career-high with 12 points to go along with six rebounds and two blocked shots, while NaLyssa Smith pulled down 14 rebounds for Indiana. The Fever face the Chicago Sky at 3pm on Sunday at Indiana Farmers Coliseum.

Phoenix controlled the lead for the majority of the game and led by as many as 23 in the first half, thanks to a 33-point quarter in the second — the most by a Fever opponent in the second quarter this season. Mercury center Tina Charles led all scorers after two quarters of play with 16 points and would end with a season-high 29 points. Out of the halftime break, Kelsey Mitchell added 15 points in the third quarter alone to keep Phoenix within striking distance, but Indiana only cut the lead down to as much as 11. Both teams struggled from the field in the fourth quarter, but the Mercury kept the lead the rest of the way to win its fourth game in the last five outings. Mercury guards Diana Taurasi, Diamond DeShields, and Skylar Diggins-Smith all ended the night scoring in double-figures.

Indianapolis Indians Coverage

Gwinnett beats Indians 5-4

Jared Oliva launched his fifth homer of the season, but a three-run seventh inning gave the Gwinnett Stripers a come-from-behind victory over the Indianapolis Indians on Wednesday night, 5-4. Down 4-2, in the bottom of the seventh, Gwinnett (31-31) scored three runs to take a 5-4 lead. After an RBI double by Chadwick Tromp and a wild pitch by Cam Alldred (L, 2-2) to tie the game, a sacrifice fly by Drew Waters plated the go-ahead run.

The Stripers opened the scoring in the first off, a two-run RBI single by Joe Dunand with the bases loaded and two outs. The Indians (30-30) would respond in the following frame with a two-run homer by Oliva to even the score 2-2. After a leadoff double by Ji-Hwan Bae, Travis Swaggerty grounded a ball into the gap to send Bae home and give Indy a 3-2 lead. Back-to-back errors led to the Indians fourth run of the ballgame. A three-base throwing error by pitcher Connor Johnstone, and a fielding error by first basemen Greyson Jenista on a ground ball hit by Swaggerty led to Bae scoring and extending the lead to 4-2. Brandon Brennan (W, 1-1), Thomas Burrows, and R.J. Alaniz (S, 2) combined to hold Indy scoreless in the last three frames.

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