Jacks Jabber - July 24, 2017

July 24, 2017

KOKOMO, IND. – Another busy week on the 2017 Prospect League schedule is in front of the Kokomo Jackrabbits.

First-year field manager Gary McClure’s team, sporting a 21-26 record and just four games out of the second Eastern Division playoff spot, host the Springfield Sliders Tuesday, July 25; the Chillicothe Paints, Thursday and Friday, July 27 and 28; and the Champion City Kings Saturday, July 29. Road games at Champion City Wednesday, July 26, and Springfield Sunday, July 30, round out the week’s itinerary.

Fans have plenty of promotional opportunities with the next home stand at Kokomo Municipal Stadium. Tuesday’s clash with the Sliders is the next installment of $2 Tuesday as all hot dogs, burgers, sodas and beer carry a $2 price tag. The first of two contests against the Paints is part of the Taco Thursday events with three tacos available for $5 and all margaritas costing $5, too. Weekend games versus Chillicothe and Champion City are highlighted by a Country Days promotion that includes post-game fireworks Friday and a special jersey auction and post-game concert as part of Saturday’s festivities. Game times are 6:35 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

MILLER’S GEM LEADS TO LEAGUE ACCOLADE: Staff ace Quentin Miller had fans across the Prospect League buzzing for a superb start at Chillicothe’s Veterans Administration Memorial Stadium July 21. The Butler University product struck out a franchise-record 15 Paints as part of an eight-inning, five-hit shutout effort that led to a 2-0 Jackrabbits’ victory. His numbers helped earn him PL Pitcher of the Week honors for Week 8, his second such of the season.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: With four multiple-safety outings included in a stretch of gaining at least one hit in eight of his last 10 appearances, Austin Peay University’s Imani Willis has jumped into the Prospect League batting average lead with two weeks to go. His .362 average bests the field by 11 points. Willis is also among the leaders in triples (five) which is tied for first and his 18 stolen bases are fifth-highest … Looking further into the league’s offensive statistics, Des Moines Area Community College’s Luke Fegen and John A. Logan College’s Collin Butkiewicz are among the top 10 in three-baggers (Fegen T-4th – four/Butkiewicz – T-9th – three) … Davenport University’s Austin Petravicius has turned himself into one of the club’s top power number hitters of late. Four of a squad-leading five big flies have occurred within the last seven contests while, due in large part to 13 runs batted in in his last 10 appearances, he’s risen to the team lead in the that category (22) as well … As for pitching numbers, Miller’s 3.05 earned run average is sixth-lowest while his four victories join a large group that’s tied for fourth-most and his 49 strikeouts are in the top 10, too.

REGULAR SEASON FINAL WEEK: A doubleheader at league rival Lafayette Tuesday, August 1, raises the curtain on the last five days of the 2017 regular season.

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