Local Sports Headlines: June 30, 2022

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Indiana University Football lands commitment from Travon West for 2023
Following his official visit to Indiana, 2023 Wren HS (SC) safety Travon West ended his recruitment by announcing his commitment to the Indiana University football program. West is a three-star prospect ranked No. 12 overall in South Carolina. He held offers from Memphis, Kansas State, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Marshall, Troy, Charlotte and Old Dominion. West is from Piedmont South Carolina and becomes the fifth member of the 2023 class joining four-star Amare Ferrell and three-stars Broc Lowry, Sam West and William Larkins.

Kendall Griffin named Indiana University Women’s Golf Assistant Coach
Indiana women’s golf head coach Brian May has completed his coaching staff with the addition of assistant coach Kendall Griffin, , the program announced on Wednesday morning. Griffin wrapped up her five-year collegiate career at the University of Louisville during the 2021-22 season. As a graduate transfer from LSU, Griffin was the one of two players to compete in all 30 rounds for the Cardinals last season. She posted a team-best average score of 72.86 strokes per round and was named All-ACC first team. She played 13 total rounds at par or better, including a team-best five rounds in the 60s. She was named the Academic All-ACC in her lone season in Louisville.
Prior to joining Louisville as a graduate student, Griffin played four seasons for the LSU Tigers. She complied 104 rounds in Baton Rouge with a stroke average of 75.27 shots per round. She played 24 rounds at par or better while being named WGCA All-American Scholar all four seasons. In total, Griffin played 134 collegiate rounds with a stroke average of 74.73 with 15 finished inside the top-20, including two in NCAA Regional play.
A native of Sebring, Florida, Griffin played her high school golf at Abeka Academy and finished inside the top-5 at the state tournament in each of her four seasons. She won the 2016 Florida High School Athletic Association Class 2A State Tournament and was named a 2016 AJGA Rolex All-American. Griffin also claimed victories in the 2019 and 2021 Florida Women’s Amateur events. She graduated from LSU with a marketing degree and will wrap up her Master’s Degree in sports administration from Louisville in the fall.

Indianapolis Colts announce training camp schedule
The Indianapolis Colts today released the schedule for 2022 Colts Training Camp, which will kick off Wednesday, July 27th at Grand Park Sports Campus in Westfield, about 20 miles north of Indianapolis. The first practice open to fans will be July 27th at noon. The final open practice will be Thursday, August 25th. There is no charge to attend training camp, but guests must obtain a free ticket at Colts.com/Camp to enter each day.

The Colts also announced that Koorsen Fire & Security will become the title sponsor for Colts camp. Koorsen Fire & Security was founded in Indiana in 1946 and is a fourth-generation, family-owned business. With more than 24 locations in five states and over 1,000 associates, Koorsen has become one of the largest and most respected fire and security companies in the United States.

This summer marks the fourth year of Colts Camp at Grand Park. As in past years, activities and events will be focused on giving fans more access and entertaining the whole family. Highlights of 2022 camp will include:

  • Open practices. The team is scheduled to host 16 practices, all open to the public. The NFL “clear bag” policy for gamedays will be in effect in areas that require a ticket. For more info, visit NFL.com/allclear.
  • In the case of inclement weather, a practice may be moved indoors to the Grand Park Event Center. Due to capacity limits, only a limited number of fans may be allowed inside to watch practice. More information on this process will be announced later this summer.
  • Theme Days. Colts camp will feature a series of theme days, highlighting various local groups, organizations and fans and providing fun activities for the whole family. Details about each day will be released later this summer. Scheduled themes include:
  • Camp Kickoff, presented by Koorsen Fire & Security – Wed., July 27
  • Kids’ Day, presented by ­­­­­­­­­­­Riley Children’s Health – Thurs., July 28
  • Back Together Saturday” – Sat., July 30
  • Salute to Service Day – Wed., Aug. 3
  • Give Back Sunday,” presented by Meijer – Sun., Aug. 7
  • Fan Appreciation Day, presented by CenterPoint Energy – Wed., Aug. 17
  • “Thirsty Thursday,” presented by Bud Light – Thurs., Aug. 18

Joint practices with the Detroit Lions. These afternoon practices – on Wednesday, Aug. 17 and Thursday, Aug. 18 – will be open to the public and will take place in advance of the teams’ preseason game on Saturday, Aug. 20 at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Ball State Football to play at Iowa in 2027
Ball State and Iowa have agreed to meet on the gridiron, it was announced Tuesday. The Cardinals and Hawkeyes are scheduled to meet at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa on September 4, 2027. Ball State has squared off with Iowa three times in program history with all three matchups taking place in Iowa City (2005, 2010, 2014). In the most recent matchup, the Cardinals held a 13-3 lead before the Hawkeyes scored two touchdowns in the final three minutes to take the decision, 17-13. Ball State has faced a team from the Big Ten 34 times in program history, including seven of the last eight seasons.

Indianapolis Indians Coverage

Indians Beat Nashville
The Indians’ bats came alive early En route to victory in the series opener against the Nashville Sounds on Tuesday night, 6-3. With the win, the Indians are above .500 on the season. Coming off a first inning in which Rodolfo Castro connected on the first pitch of his at-bat to plate a two-out RBI single, the Indians (36-35) came out swinging in the second frame, tallying three runs. With one out, Alec Bettinger beaned Carter Bins and Jared Oliva reached second on a misplayed ball down the third base line by Mark Mathias. Kevin Newman added a run with a sac fly to center, and Ben Gamel smacked a two RBI long ball to right field, giving Indianapolis a 4-0 lead early in the contest.

Nashville (43-29) cut the deficit in half in the second inning. A lead-off hit-by-pitch to Mathias and a two-run homer off the bat of Jon Singleton made it a 4-2 game. Back at it offensively in the top of the third inning, Castro was walked and stole second. With two outs, Carter Bins doubled on a fly ball to center to bring in another run for the Indians. After a scoreless fourth, Nashville notched a solo run in the fifth. Cody Bolton walked David Dahl on four pitches, and two consecutive singles from Mathias and Singleton brought Dahl home to make it a 5-3 ballgame, but the threat ended there.

The Indians added an insurance run in the top of the ninth inning. Newman led off the inning by reaching on a fielding error by Brice Turang, and Yoshi Tsutsugo was walked to put runners on first and second. Josh Bissonette drove in the game’s final run with an RBI single to left, giving the Indians a 6-3 victory. In his thirteenth start this season, Osvaldo Bido tossed 3.0 innings, yielding two runs on four hits and five punchouts. Bolton (W, 2-1) threw 3.0 innings in relief, surrendering one run on three hits and four strikeouts. Nashville RHP Alec Bettinger (L, 0-4) allowed five runs (two earned) on three hits in 2.1 innings of work.

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