The daily pitch from Sports Editor Matt Daniels: April 13, 2024

Apr. 13—➜ A total of 105 area high school girls' basketball players are recognized in our latest All-Area team, compiled by preps coordinator Zach Piatt.

➜ . Keep it up and the 29-year-old catcher just might get another shot in the majors after a brief appearance with the Reds in 2022.

➜ , with a 1 p.m. kickoff set for April 20 at Memorial Stadium.

Points per game averaged this past season at Arizona to go along with 3.6 assists and 2.3 rebounds. The former Urbana Middle School standout is on an official visit to Illinois this weekend after he entered the transfer portal. Boswell started all 36 games this past season for the Wildcats, who went 27-9 and reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.

➜ . The nonconference series continues at 3 p.m. Saturday at Illinois Field before the series finale at 1 p.m. Sunday. The cool thing about Sunday's game? The first 150 fans get a commemorative Jackie Robinson baseball before Jackie Robinson Day is held across MLB on Monday.

➜ . A tripleheader on Sunday — St. Thomas More against Uni High at noon, Monticello against Urbana at 2 p.m. and Centennial against Champaign Central at 4 p.m. — unfolds at Demirjian Park.

➜ . Former Illini and the Bulls end the regular season at noon Sunday before the NBA Play-In Tournament starts.

➜ the Chicago Cubs.

➜ Tony Dungy, Tony Bennett and Chris Petersen.

➜ self-promotion.