Wapahani pitcher Zack Thompson makes first MLB start, BSU's Griffith named All-American

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MUNCIE, Ind. — Wednesday was a special night for Zack Thompson and Delaware County baseball.

The former Wapahani left-handed pitcher made his first MLB start, tossing five innings for the St. Louis Cardinals in their 7-5 home win against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Thompson earned a no decision, allowing seven hits, five earned runs and two walks with two strikeouts in 92 pitches.

St. Louis Cardinals non-roster pitcher Zack Thompson (57) delivers a pitch the Washington Nationals during against the fifth inning of a spring training game at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.
St. Louis Cardinals non-roster pitcher Zack Thompson (57) delivers a pitch the Washington Nationals during against the fifth inning of a spring training game at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

The 24-year-old cruised through the first four frames, allowing just one run before running into trouble in the fifth inning when Pirates notched three singles and a three-run homer.

Still, manager Oliver Marmol trusted his rookie to get out of the inning, and Thompson came through with a line out and groundout to finish his outing.

"I thought I threw the ball really well for four innings, and then fifth inning I didn't execute, fell behind, and they made me pay for it. I'll go back and watch the video in the morning and learn from it and grow from there," Thompson told media after the game. "I felt good. I think pitch-count wise I could've gone deeper, I just didn't earn it."

Raiders longtime head coach Brian Dudley and others traveled to St. Louis to watch Thompson perform, as did comedian Chris Rock.

The game marked Thompson's second appearance at the major league level after starting 10 AAA games to begin the season. He debuted against the Chicago Cubs at historic Wrigley Field on June 3, allowing just three hits and one earned run with one walk and three K's in four innings.

"(Thompson's) got a good mix for you. His fastball plays well," Marmol said before the game. "This is a confident kid."

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Here's what else happened in East Central Indiana and Ball State University sports from June 9-13:

BSU's Charity Griffith named First Team All-American

Ball State's Charity Griffith competes in the 2022 NCAA Indoor Championship in Birmingham, Alabama. Griffith earned All-American honors in the high jump and pentathlon.
Ball State's Charity Griffith competes in the 2022 NCAA Indoor Championship in Birmingham, Alabama. Griffith earned All-American honors in the high jump and pentathlon.

Ball State track and field's Charity Griffith was named a First Team All-American on Saturday after placing fifth in the high jump at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

Griffith became just the 10th Outdoor All-American in program history and the first since Regan Lewis in 2018. She is also the third-highest-finishing performer in program history behind BSU Hall of Fame inductees LaTasha Jenkins (1998, 1999) and Bonita Harrington (1983, 1984).

RELATED: Shift in mindset allowed Ball State's Charity Griffith to qualify for NCAA Championships

Griffith entered the championship event seeded 16th but cleared 1.83m in the pouring rain on her final attempt.

BSU's Terry Schmidt on 2023 ballot for College Football Hall of Fame

Former Ball State football defensive back Terry Schmidt on Friday was named to the 2023 National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame ballot.

The Columbus, Indiana, native played for the Cardinals 1971-73, earning team MVP and First Team All-American honors as a senior after tallying a team-high five interceptions and 68 tackles. He finished his collegiate career with a then-program record 13 career interceptions, and went on to play in the Coaches All-America Football Game and the East-West Shrine Bowl.

Schmidt was then selected by the New Orleans Saints in the fifth round of the 1974 NFL Draft, playing two seasons there and earning NFL All-Rookie honors in 1974. He later played nine seasons with the Chicago Bears, starting 73 consecutive games between 1978-82.

Schmidt was inducted into the Ball State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1984. The 2023 selections will be announced sometime early next year, and the honorees will be officially inducted during the 65th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 5, 2023, and permanently immortalized at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

Only 1,056 players have earned induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, less than 0.02% of those who have played the game during the past 152 years.

Blue River's Ally Madden receives John Wooden Citizenship Award at All-Star game

Blue River's Ally Madden shoots past Central Catholic in their regional game at Wes-Del High School Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022.
Blue River's Ally Madden shoots past Central Catholic in their regional game at Wes-Del High School Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022.

Blue River senior Ally Madden competed in the Indiana Junior-Senior All Star game on June 8 and the Indiana-Kentucky All Star game on June 11, notching a total of five points and 10 rebounds.

She also received the 2022 John Wooden All-Star Citizenship Award, which recognizes those with "outstanding contributions to school and community."

Jay County junior Renna Schwieterman also competed in the Junior-Senior All Star game, notching six points and two rebounds.

Wapahani baseball's Daxton Dudley named to IHSBCA Futures game roster

Wapahani baseball junior Daxton Dudley was named to the IHSBCA Futures game roster, a showcase for players with remaining high school eligibility to be played on June 22 at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Dudley helped lead the Raiders to their eighth regional title in program history, hitting .347 with 23 RBIs and eight doubles while also notching a 2.04 ERA in 48 innings pitched.

Junior Daxton Dudley pitching in Wapahani baseball's semistate game against Illiana Christian at Kokomo Municipal Field on Saturday, June 11, 2022.
Junior Daxton Dudley pitching in Wapahani baseball's semistate game against Illiana Christian at Kokomo Municipal Field on Saturday, June 11, 2022.

American Legion Post 19 begins season

Muncie's Post 19 American Legion baseball team began its season on Sunday with 9-4 and 10-5 losses in a double-header at Kokomo.

This year's roster includes Delta's Cooper Roach, Wapahani's Landen Thompson, Isaac Jackson and Luke Willmann, Jay County's Kess McBride, Quinn Faulkner and Crosby Henhiser, Cowan's Cade Brinson, Austin Jones and Mac and Alex King, Yorktown's Hayden Carrow and Jacob Pruitt, and collegiate players Gavin Noble (Wapahani) and Will Anderson (Winchester).

The team played at Richmond at 7 p.m. Monday, June 14.

Hole-in-one at Cardinals Hills

Larry Gregurash on June 9 made a hole-in-one at Cardinal Hills Golf Course in Selma. His 123-yard shot came on hole No. 9 with a 6 iron, and was witnessed by Bill Reed, Mike Brotherton and Mike Erdell.

Gus Martin is a sports reporter at The Star Press. Follow him on Twitter @GusMartin_SP, and contact him at gmartin@gannett.com or 765-729-4742.

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