A Long-Shot, League Meets, and Light Sabers

Shots in the Darke

If many of you are like me, I only pay little more than passing attention to horse racing other than Derby Day at Churchill Downs in Louisville. What an upset took place Saturday as 80-1 long-shot Rich Strike,with an unexpected down the stretch run, took home the roses and gave  the few bettors who put down $2 a payoff of $163.21. Purchased for only $30,000 (dirt cheap  in top level thoroughbred circles), Rich Strike was only in the race as a result of another horse  scratching on Friday, minutes before the withdrawal deadline. A real feel-good story for fans of underdogs everywhere, Rich Strike has become “America’s Horse”—on to the Preakness in  two weeks, the second leg of the Triple Crown of racing! 

Speaking of stretch runs, high school spring sports enter the league and district meets portion of the schedules. Softball action sees Greenville’s Lady Wave entertaining Trotwood Madison in D-II Tuesday evening, tennis sectional play begins Wednesday at Troy for coach  Dennis Kiser’s netters, while MVL boys and girls track championships get underway Thursday  at Troy’s Memorial Stadium. County schools have similar schedules as athletes in all sports hope to peak at the right time in order to continue down the trail to regional and state competition. Looks like a great week weather-wise so get out and support local favorites! 

Speaking of great weather, it was time to pick out this year’s planters and flowers to spruce up the curb appeal of our humble abode. Like other males, I was there just to provide an extra pair of hands to tote baskets and trays out to the car—petunias, begonias, portulacas, etc. – they all look alike to me!! A belated Happy Mother’s Day to all! 

Pink hats, pink bats, pink, pink, pink dominated Major League Baseball teams yesterday in  tribute to Mothers everywhere but I did think that the pink catchers chest protectors and shin  guards were a little too much! 

How about 19-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz winning the Madrid Open tennis title this  weekend, defeating in order Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Alexander Zverev. Could it be that a new superstar is finally emerging to break up the long dominate triumvirate of Nadal, Djokovic, and Federer? 

Two out of three wins over the bullpen deficient Pirates were the cause for celebration along the Riverfront as the Reds “improved” to 5-23 for the season. You have to feel sorry for the players and coaching staff as the front office and ownership have given them a bare cupboard with which to compete in NL Central play. 

The NBA playoffs continue their march through the merry month of May as conference semi-finals take place. In the East, the Heat and 76ers are even at 2-2 while the Bucks hold a 2-1 advantage over the Celtics heading into game four in Milwaukee. Over in the West the Mavericks have taken two straight to tie things at 2-2 with the Suns; meantime the Warriors host game four holding a 2-1 edge on the Grizzlies. Fans everywhere are fascinated by the variety of uniforms the teams wear—you never know who is who the first few minutes of each game!

Finally, two new experiences for yours truly this past week. After spending Tuesday with a great group of people at the youth building at the Fairgrounds I’ve developed a whole lot of appreciation for those who work the polls on election days. A long day but very rewarding, I can safely say that Ohio’s election process is in good hands! 

Kathy and I went down to Miamisburg with good friends Dave and Joan Cummings Wednesday to the restored Plaza Theatre for a viewing of the original Star Wars episode.  Although not a Star Wars fanatic, re-enactors dressed as some of your favorite characters, a beautiful facility, and an overall memorable experience made for a great evening. Best of all, tickets were only $5!! May the Force be with you this week!! 

Dr. Alex Warner / Correspondent

Alex Warner is a retired Greenville chiropractor as well as a former educator and high school coach. He has over 30 years experience in broadcasting high school sports on both radio and public access television in addition to producing over 50 episodes of the local television series “Our Town”. A man of many interests, he is naturally curious with a “gift of gab”. He currently writes the weekly sports column “Shots in the Darke” and hosts “Talk of the Town” featuring people, places, and events that make Darke County the place we choose to reside.

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