Thatcher sees action in Australian game
SYDNEY — Kokomo’s Joe Thatcher made his season debut for the Arizona Diamondbacks in Major League Baseball’s season-opening series Down Under.
Arizona took on the Los Angeles Dodgers in a pair of games at Sydney Cricket Ground. The Dodgers won the Saturday opener 3-1 and followed with a 7-5 win Sunday.
Thatcher, a veteran left-handed relief pitcher, saw action in the second game. He pitched 11/3 hitless innings and allowed one unearned run. He struck out two of the four batters he faced.
Thatcher is entering his eighth season in the bigs. He pitched for the San Diego Padres in 2007-13 before being traded to the Diamondbacks at the trade deadline last season.
The D’backs return to spring training this week.
IUPUI women’s season draws to a close
EVANSTON, Ill. — The IUPUI women’s basketball team saw its record-breaking season come to a close Sunday.
Northwestern beat IUPUI 88-52 in the Women’s NIT. The Wildcats took a 34-21 lead into halftime, then exploded for 54 points in the second half to win going away.
Western High School product Nicole Rogers started for IUPUI. The 3-point specialist was held scoreless, but she offered three assists, one rebound and one steal in nine minutes.
IUPUI, which is coached by Northwestern High School product Austin Parkinson, closed with a 23-10 record, setting a school record for wins. The Jaguars’ first-round WNIT victory over Central Michigan was the first postseason win of their Division I era.
Rogers closed her sophomore season with a 7.5 scoring average. She made 71 of 179 3-point attempts (.397).
Miles enjoying success with Bradley tennis
PEORIA, Ill. — Eastern High School product Carly Miles recently picked up an award for her play with the Bradley University women’s tennis team.
Miles was Bradley’s Scholar-Athlete of the Week last week after helping her team split a pair of road matches.