Late-innings rally falls just short

May 27, 2016

KOKOMO, IND. – The ever-fighting Kokomo Jackrabbits almost gave a crowd of nearly 1500 that concluded its first 2016 home stand a huge thrill Friday, May 27.

Trailing the DuPage Drones 4-0 after two and a half frames, the home team nearly worked itself around 17 strikeouts for the visiting pitching staff. A single run in the third, produced via a walk to second baseman and IU-South Bend’s Kevin Phelps and three passed balls, trimmed the deficit to three (4-1) after three. After being blanked the next four frames, the Jackrabbits tallied single scores in the eighth and ninth of RBI singles from left fielder Cole Nieto of Baldwin-Wallace and right fielder Cody Maloon of IU-Southeast to make it 4-3. With the potential tying run on base, a bang- bang play at first ended the contest with a win for the visitors.

“As I said last night, with our lineup, we don’t feel like we’re ever out of games,” field manager Matt Howard said. “We trust our hitters. Tonight was just a case of not making some adjustments after seeing their pitching early on. We still feel pretty good about things.

I felt like we got good pitching from all three guys tonight (Evan Lovick of Baldwin-Wallace; Sam Hubbe of Butler; Mike Anthony of Lock Haven St.),” he added. “As long as they throw strikes, I’m happy. We did have some errors on defense but that will happen.”

The Jackrabbits take to the road for the first time Saturday, May 28, with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch at Quincy against the Gems. Kokomo returns home for its second set Sunday, May 29, and Monday, May 30, against the Gems at 3:05 p.m. and the Chillicothe Paints at 7:05 p.m., respectively.

DuPage                                202        000        000        4 10 1
Kokomo                               001        000        011        3 7 3

WP – Benedetto
LP – Lovick
S - Cascone
Attendance – 1403
Coca-Cola Player of Game – Connor Dall

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