Miners edge Jackrabbits, take 1-0 series leadAugust 7, 2016
KOKOMO, IND. – Kokomo Jackrabbits’ starting pitcher Trey Bickel of Indiana University – South Bend was strong in the franchise’s first Prospect League Eastern Division playoff contest Sunday, August 7.
Unfortunately, for a small but vocal crowd of 605 in attendance at Kokomo Municipal Stadium, West Virginia’s Michael Syrett was just a little bit better. Syrett stifled the Jackrabbits to the tune of just one run on four hits and struck out six to give the first and second half champions a 1-0 edge in the team’s divisional series.
Kokomo, a night removed from a memorable end to the regular season when they reached their first playoff berth by rolling past league rival Lafayette 14-1, did their level best to break through against Syrett. In the 7th, they had first and third with nobody out but a double play, which did push a run in, stifled a bigger rally. In the 8th, the fans got to their feet with runners on second and third with two outs before a pop out ended the chance.
Catcher Mitch Stoltzfus of Millersville University and designated hitter Brody Andrews of Grand Valley State University each broke through for a pair of singles to lead the attack. Bickel, who blanked the visitors for five of his six frames of work, struck out seven but was victimized by back-to-back RBI hits and a double steal in the top of the third.
The scene now shifts to West Virginia’s Linda K. Epling Stadium Monday, August 8, for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch in Game Two. If the Gold and Brown could take a win, it would force a deciding third game Tuesday, August 9, at the home of the Miners with a similar 7:05 p.m. first pitch.
West Virginia 003 000 000 3 6 1
Kokomo 000 000 100 1 4 2
WP – Syrett
LP - Bickel
Coca-Cola Player of the Game – Mitch Stoltzfus