Jackrabbits' 2016 season starts tonight

May 26, 2016

The second season of collegiate wood bat Prospects League baseball opens at Kokomo Municipal Stadium Thursday, May 26 – Monday, May 31 with four home games out of the first five on the 2016 Kokomo Jackrabbits schedule.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES/THE GREATEST SHOW ON TURF: The Jackrabbits hope to their see their fans dressed up as their favorite character from the Hollywood hit movie over the two-day home stand against DuPage Thursday and Friday, May 26 and 27 with a 6:35 p.m. start time for the home and season opener and a 7:05 p.m. first pitch for game two. After a brief one-game road trip to Quincy, Ill., Saturday, May 28, the Brown and Gold return home to host the Gems Sunday, May 29, at 3:05 p.m. and then host the Chillicothe Paints Monday, May 30, at 6:35 p.m. Balloons, clowns and more will be hand for the holiday weekend contests.

FROM COACH HOWARD: Matt Howard, in his first full season as bench manager and second year on the Jackrabbits coaching staff, met with the media May 25.

Looking ahead to the 2016 season – “We’re excited to get started. The players know this is as close as you can get to pro ball on a collegiate level and are ready to get going. We’ve got some good players on the roster to open the year … there will be some movement with some different guys stepping into some roles early on, but they’ll give us some options. I like what I’ve seen in the short time we’ve been able to do things on the field. I think the offense will be improved which is what we’re looking for.

Talking about five games in five days to open the year – “The pitching rotation is set, so that is a big plus. We’ll see how things develop in all areas over that stretch and move forward.”

SPECIAL FLAVOR TO HOME OPENER: Parker Sanburn, soon-to-be Indiana University hurler and son of Jackrabbits’ sponsor relations manager Crystal Sanburn, takes to the hill in the home opener. “I’m sure there’ll be some nerves,” he admitted to the media day crowd Wednesday. “I can’t wait to go through this experience.”

Fans knowledgeable about the Kokomo-area sports scene will know another name in their gameday programs. Logan Barnes, a member of the Indiana University – Southeast squad and Taylor High School’s career hits leader, is a member of the early-season roster. “I’ve never played in front of a crowd as large as the ones that I’ve been told come here for the Jackrabbit games,” he said to the media day gathering. “It’ll be amazing to just see all of those people in the stands.”

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