Five Things For June 6th: Grand Ledge Captures 24th Diamond Classic Championship
1. Grand Ledge continued their dominance of Lansing-area baseball last night, as they wrapped up yet another Diamond Classic Championship. The Comets won the game 10-0 after five innings due to the mercy rule. GL has now won 24 Diamond Classics, and even in a 'down year' for them, Pat O'Keefe had Grand Ledge rolling well enough to capture another championship at Kircher/Municipal Park.
2. The Tigers are still playing miserable baseball, as they dropped their 13th game in their last 17. Justin Verlander gave up five earned runs and two home runs in seven innings of work. The offense only pushed across three runs, as they were held down by J.A. Happ, Chad Jenkins and Casey Janssen. Ian Kinsler had a nice day at the plate, but other than that there were not a lot of good signs from the slumping offense.
3. The MLB first-year player draft was last night, and the Tigers took center fielder Derek Hill 23rd overall. The book on Hill is that he is an excellent defender who will need to grow into his power. He is the cousin of former Major League outfielder Daryl Strawberry.
4. The big story in game one of the NBA finals had to do with the temperature, and its affect on the best player in the world. The air conditioning was malfunctioning inside the AT&T Center, and LeBron James had to check out of the game because he was cramping badly. The Spurs got 21 points and 10 rebounds from Tim Duncan on their way to a 110-95 victory. James only played 33 minutes, and missed most of the fourth quarter.
5. Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari received a monster extension to stay at the school for an extended period of time. The former national champion inked a seven-year $52.5 million dollar deal.