News From Terre Haute, Indiana

October 30, 2012

RAMBLIN’ RECK: Diamond deliveries made many believers

Tom Reck
Tribune-Star Correspondent

TERRE HAUTE — As of midnight Sunday, the 2012 major league baseball season came to an end and the San Francisco Giants reign as World Series champs.

The Giants swept the Detroit Tigers in the Series but got off to a rough start in postseason action.

They lost twice to Cincinnati and had to beat the Reds three straight in their own park to advance to the National League Championship Series.

They then trailed St. Louis 3-1 but again rallied to win. By this time, they’d made believers of lots of folks and made many more when they beat Justin Verlander in the first game of the Series.

The Giants now have won six straight elimination games in postseason play and are one of three NL teams to win two Series in two or three years. Cincinnati did it in 1975-76 and the Los Angeles Dodgers prevailed in 1963-65.

The Giants also tied a Series mark of four games for a pitcher to drive in a run. And they now have won seven straight postseason games — that mark will carry over until next year when they figure to be in the postseason again.

As it were, TV ratings for the 2012 Series games were not very good with competition from pro and college football.

Warriors win again — Casey was the winner in the Class 2A volleyball regional played at Lawrenceville last week, winning its second regional title in three years.

The Warriors beat Robinson 2-0 and top seed Newton 2-1 to earn their trip to the Cumberland Sectional. They face Carlinville tonight, and Pana takes on Vandalia.

Casey’s football team also will go against Carlinville in the second round of the Class 2A playoffs. That game will be played at 2 p.m. Saturday at Casey.

Indiana teams will compete in state-championship action this week.

In Class A, it will be Loogootee vs. Cowan while Wapahani plays Providence in Class 2A.

In 3A, it’ll be Yorktown and Chatard and Carmel takes on Avon in Class 4A.

Tom-Cattin’ It — Emma Riffe of Rockville will play college softball at St. Mary’s. She batted .397 as a junior with 11 doubles, two triples and a homer.

• Indiana University has gotten a commitment in men’s basketball for the 2013 class. Troy Williams made his decision after attending Haunted Hall of Hoops at IU.

He attends Oak Hill Academy and is the fifth player to commit for next year.

n Tom Dilley has resigned as football coach at Lawrence North. He had a 45-61 mark in 10 seasons at the school with this year’s team being 0-10 and outscored 570-88.

• In last week’s Sagarin rankings for college football teams, Indiana State had moved up to 91st, one spot ahead of Navy and two better than Kentucky.

North Dakota State was 39th while Northern Iowa was 89th.

• Evansville, Butler and Illinois were winners in men’s basketball exhibition games last week.

The Aces bested city rival Southern Indiana 73-55 while Butler beat city rival Marian and Illinois defeated Lewis 79-47, jumping out to a 26-4 lead.

Lewis will be in town to play Indiana State this week.

Tom Reck may be contacted by telephone at (812) 232-3231, by email at or by mail at 4284 S. Fifth St., Apt. 3, Terre Haute, IN 47802.