Greensburg, In. — Residents are invited to celebrate the memory of former Special Olympic athlete Caleb Brown with a 5k on September 22. Caleb was a basketball player that died in March of 2018 suddenly following a tournament in Terre Haute. Caleb also was on the bowling team and a co-owner of Port-O-Lets Sanitation.Registration for the 1st Annual Caleb Brown Memorial 5k begins at 7 a.m. and the run/walk begins at 8 a.m.Here is the route for participants:Route for the 5K through the streets of Greensburg:-Begins at the Tree City Fall Festival stage going east to Franklin Street-Turn left at Franklin Street-At Walnut Street turn right-Turn left onto East Street-Take the small right hand jog at First Street to remain on East Street-Head to Fourth Street and make a small right hand jog to Barachel Lane-Turn left onto Broadway Street-Go Straight across into the industrial drive by KB Foods-Do a quick horseshoe turn to get back onto Broadway Street-Turn right onto Fifth Street-Go around the curve to Fourth Street-Turn right to Anderson Street and then turn left-Take Anderson Street to First Street and turn left-Turn left on Ireland Street and then right on Second Street to Broadway Street.-Turn right on Broadway to complete race just short of the Tree City Fall Festival stageThe entire route will be marked and volunteers will direct participants when needed. Register online here.
September baseball can be polarizing as a presidential campaign or the Pepsi Challenge, depending on the club to which you pledge your allegiance.For a contending team’s fans, September represents the final charge, where every win brings euphoria and each loss signals the apocalypse. For a losing ballclub, however, there are no heart pounding moments, only the slow drone of another summer lost. But that’s not to say Mudville — or Pittsburgh, or Kansas City or San Diego — is completely devoid of joy this time of year. Along with the realization that you didn’t need to budget for playoff tickets, September also brings expanded major league rosters, providing teams the opportunity to evaluate the talent that’s spent the summer toiling in the farm system. These minor leaguers provide slivers of hope, suggesting maybe next year will be the year; and with two low-A ballclubs calling eastern Wisconsin home, it’s easy to see all is not lost in the Dairy State.Before discussing the stars of tomorrow playing for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and the Beloit Snappers, it’s necessary to note the difference between the affiliated minor leagues and the independents. The Madison Mallards, of the all-you-can-drink tickets and zip-lining mascots, are an independent collegiate summer league team, where student-athletes compete with the hope of getting noticed by a major league scout. The Timber Rattlers and Snappers, which represent the Brewers and the Twins, respectively, are part of MLB’s minor league hierarchy. Players who excel with these teams will make their way up the ladder until they’re ready for the big crowds — and big pay days — of the majors. Minor leaguers take buses, not planes, to their games, and spend more time at Applebee’s and Arby’s then they do night clubs, but there is a light at the end of that tunnel.For Brett Lawrie, the light just grew a bit brighter. While Lawrie called Appleton home for much of his summer, he was just recently promoted to the Brewers AA affiliate in Huntsville, Ala. Undoubtedly, the promotion would not have been possible had he not shown some value in Joe McCarthy’s hometown. Hitting .275 with 13 HR, Lawrie put up a respectable .802 OPS, especially for a second baseman in the Midwest League, where offense often lags behind pitching. Unfortunately, those numbers would’ve looked even better had Lawrie been able to remain at his original position — catcher. Like many Brewers prospects of recent times, Lawrie’s big bat weighs down his defense. Put him in a lineup with Ryan Braun (a third baseman who couldn’t play third) and Mat Gamel (baseball’s version of Troy Williamson) and you have the makings of a young team that can hit dingers but won’t catch a ball or a break. Still, he’s only 19 years old, and Canadian to boot, so we shouldn’t be too hard on the kid.Down in Beloit, the only thing faster than the sound of jobs leaving is Aaron Hicks. Ranked No. 39 in Baseball America’s 2009 Top 100 (Lawrie was 81), Hicks personifies the type of player the Twins love drafting. He’s bursting with potential and he possesses the ever-enigmatic “five tools” — speed, defense, arm, hitting for contact, hitting for power — but he needs some refinement. Too often, “toolsy” players end up as speedy outfielders who can’t make contact or slug above their batting average. But there’s always reason to find hope in a switch-hitting center fielder who can seemingly do it all, and though his half season in Beloit has been unremarkable (a .240 batting average with only 2 HRs) no one will be giving up on him any time soon. Even more, if it’s decided four years down the road that he won’t become a major league outfielder, he can always try his hand at pitching, where his high school fastball peaked at 97 mph.But before we commission the Hall of Fame plaques, consider the folly in hailing two 19-year-olds as the heroes of their big league clubs. Remember the last time we anointed a young kid savior? Good early career, but he didn’t do much after 33. While Lawrie and Hicks have the talent to become impact players, every year we see a few former “can’t miss” prospects fade into oblivion.Too often the culprit of a promising career cut short is injuries. This is why pitching mechanics play such a huge role in the draft stock of a player, though both Tim Lincecum and Mark Prior could attest to the uncertain nature of that type of evaluation. There is a certain shame in seeing someone seemingly destined for greatness derailed by a blown out knee or shoulder, but it is nothing compared to the real killer in the minor leagues: youth.Many consider Jeremy Jeffress the brightest pitching prospect in the Brewers minor league system. Unfortunately, he hasn’t taken the mound for a couple of months, due to his second drug suspension. Apparently, Jeffress liked to complement his smoking fastball with some smoking of his own, and while he’s hardly a hardened criminal, he’s seriously jeopardized his future. This is why projecting minor league players is so dangerous; there are so many variables.Yet, as always, hope remains. And there are no indications that Hicks and Lawrie are made of glass or planning to remake a Cheech and Chong movie. It’s an uphill climb, but they have the pedigree and the big signing bonuses to keep us watching. At least until football season.Sean Kittridge will never forgive you, Gary Anderson. E-mail him (firstname.lastname@example.org) to share your pain.
Italy bounced back from defeat against Brazil with an impressive performance and a 2-0 win over China to secure their place in the last eight of the Women’s World Cup.Valentina Giacinti scored her fifth goal in eight appearances to put Milena Bertolini’s side on course for victory after 15 minutes, and the game was put beyond the reach of a nervy China team when Aurora Galli scored from 20 yards in the second half. Italy is ranked as an outside chance to win the competition but the speed with which they attacked against China and the outstanding performance of Giacinti sent a message to the tournament favorites.Next up for Italy will be the Netherlands or Japan in the quarterfinals on Saturday, while China head home from the competition having scored just once and claimed a solitary win from their four matches in France. Related News #ITACHN pic.twitter.com/RutS3LWYlN— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) June 25, 2019Giacinti had the ball in the net after nine minutes only to be denied by an offside flag, but the AC Milan forward’s tireless early endeavor paid off when Elisa Bartoli’s shot rebounded back to her for a low, left-footed finish into the net from 12 yards.Laura Giuliani leaped acrobatically to turn Wang Yan’s dipping shot over the crossbar before Giacinti exposed China’s defensive frailties yet again but fired wide in a one-on-one with Peng Shimeng, who then made a superb diving save to deny Valentina Bergamaschi at close range. Women’s World Cup 2019: President Trump says Megan Rapinoe shouldn’t protest during anthem Li Ying and Wang Shanshan combined hit the post shortly before halftime as Jia Xiuquan’s side enjoyed a spell of pressure leading up to the interval.Italy substitute Galli took the wind out of China’s sails five minutes into the second half when she sent a skidding drive beyond Peng’s outstretched hand to double her side’s advantage.China piled forward to try to salvage their tournament in the last 20 minutes, but wasteful finishing from Wang and Li, both of whom had chances inside the Italy penalty area, ensured there was no late twist in the tale at Stade de la Mosson. Women’s World Cup 2019: USA-France ticket prices jump to more than $10K Women’s World Cup 2019: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels, results for every match