Rev. Raymond E. Fitzsimmons,Sr., 94, of Versailles, IN passed away Monday, September 16, 2019 in Osgood. He was born in Bainbridge, IN on August 5, 1925. He was married to Barbara Flentge on June 12, 1947 and she preceded him in death on October 22, 2015. Survivors include four sons Raymond Jr. (Zoie) Fitzsimmons of Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, Bruce (Sara) Fitzsimmons of Versailles, Galen (Becky) Fitzsimmons of Indianapolis, and Dean (Martha) Fitzsimmons of Kansas City, Missouri; one daughter Freda (Gary) Warinner of Alton, Illinois; 21 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren; He was a 1950 graduate of the Columbia, South Carolina Bible College and was an Army veteran of WWII. He served as a Staff Sergeant in the 309th Infantry seeing action in the Rhineland Campaign. For service to his country Rev. Fitzsimmons was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon with one Bronze Star, the Oak Leaf Cluster with one Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart for wounds received on March 19, 1945 in Germany. After his discharge from the military Rev. Fitzsimmons was a pastor in Willard. Funeral services will be held at 7pm on Monday, September 23rd at the Washington Baptist Church in Elrod, IN with his son Rev. Bruce Fitzsimmons officiating. Visitation will also be at the church beginning at 5pm. Burial will be on Tuesday, September 24th at 10:30am at the Roachdale (IN) Cemetery with military graveside rites. Online condolences available at skfuneralhome.com.
Syracuse safety Durell Eskridge underwent surgery for a fractured wrist and torn ligament in his right finger. Eskridge posted photos to his Instagram account Thursday of his right hand and wrist in a cast.Eskridge originally commented on the photo that he fractured his wrist and tore a ligament in his ring finger, but that comment has since been deleted. The caption on the photo said, “This is so painful right now.” Eskridge also posted a photo of himself in a hospital bed on Wednesday.According to a press release from SU Athletics on Thursday, Eskridge had the surgery on Wednesday. He will be evaluated throughout the summer, and his status for the 2013 season will be determined before the start of training camp in August, according to the release.Eskridge, who will be a junior, practiced with Syracuse throughout the spring. He played the Spring Game on April 20.This past season, Eskridge played in all 13 games and recorded 26 solo tackles. He also finished with two sacks, a forced fumble and one fumble recovery.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 2, 2013 at 2:01 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_iseman
Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins played a tremendous all-around game. Howie Kendrick backed him up in the lineup with two RBIs.But ah, the bullpen.The Pirates loaded the bases twice in the late innings with no outs — in the eighth against Avilan and again in the 10th against Johnson (2-4). Left-hander J.P. Howell took over for Johnson to face Alvarez, a left-handed hitter. Alvarez stroked a line drive over a five-man infield — no fielder was within 100 feet of where the ball landed in right field — to drive in Jung-Ho Kang with the winning run.“I wanted to pick my boy up. It’s brutal,” Howell said. “(Bad) way to end the game. We battled the whole way.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error For his part, Johnson pointed to the unpredictable nature of the sport.“If I execute one pitch a little better we don’t have this conversation,” he said after the game. “It’s just the way this game is, the fractions of inches we deal with.”After walking Kang to lead off the 10th, Johnson allowed a single by Francisco Cervelli through the shortstop hole and a bunt single by Sean Rodriguez.“As far as execution, that (single by Cervelli) was a poorly executed pitch,” Johnson said. “The leadoff walk didn’t help either.”It might be easy to dismiss one inch Friday as an unhappy accident if the Dodgers’ bullpen didn’t have an ERA over 4.00 for the season, ranking among the 10 worst units in the major leagues. They have used 20 different pitchers in relief, so it’s tough to blame just one or two men.Using a small sample size to evaluate the new guys is dangerous. Johnson has faced 12 batters as a Dodger and allowed five hits; two were home runs. Yet before Friday, he hadn’t walked a batter in more than a month or allowed a home run since the second week of the season.In his two appearances since the the trade, Avilan has faced five batters each time. Each time he’s allowed a single, a walk, and recorded three outs. Yet before Tuesday he hadn’t allowed runs in back-to-back appearances all season.Managing a bullpen isn’t an exact science, either. Avilan had been up and down, throwing then resting then throwing again, before he finally entered the game in the eighth inning with a runner on first and nobody out in a 4-4 game. The Pirates loaded the bases on a single and a walk. Then Avilan induced three weak groundouts to escape the jam without allowing a run.Johnson had only recorded more than three outs in a game twice this season. But when manager Don Mattingly asked him how he felt after a scoreless, 12-pitch ninth inning, Johnson said he felt fine. So he went back to the mound, only to load the bases without recording an out.Howell only started throwing in the 10th inning and was warm by the time he was summoned to face Alvarez.“That’s ideal,” Howell said. “It’s like, no problem.”Five pitches later, on a 2-2 changeup, he allowed a solid line drive to end the game.There was no rhyme or reason Friday. Just a familiar sense of dread getting the ball to closer Kenley Jansen, who never got his chance.“I think the guys we have back there are doing a good job,” Kershaw said. “Obviously Avi and J.J. have a proven track record of getting guys out late in games. You saw that tonight. Avi got out a of a big jam, bases loaded and nobody out. That was huge. J.J. had that really good (ninth) inning before the last one. It happens sometimes.”The Dodgers’ bullpen has been charged with 19 losses this season, more than all but seven teams. Last year, the Dodgers’ bullpen was charged with 24 losses. Indeed, it happens sometimes. Friday, it happened again. PITTSBURGH >> The Dodgers acquired two relief pitchers ahead of this year’s trade deadline from the Atlanta Braves, left-hander Luis Avilan and right-hander Jim Johnson. Since the front office hasn’t been given a specific limit to its player payroll — now reportedly at $297 million for luxury-tax purposes, a record — it was fair to expect the Dodgers would shoot for the moon to upgrade what had been an increasingly shaky unit.In losing 5-4 to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 10 innings on Friday, the bullpen looked shakier than it did before the deadline. The two new guys didn’t always look great.The dramatic ending, a walk-off single by Pedro Alvarez over a drawn-in infield, obscured many things on the Dodgers’ part — some good and some bad.Clayton Kershaw suffered through his worst start since May, allowing four runs in six innings and halting his scoreless-innings streak at 37. Pirates ace Gerrit Cole wasn’t much better, allowing three runs in six innings.