Jackrabbits close road trip with split

June 16, 2017

BUTLER, PA. – A gritty complete-game effort from hurler Will Freeman and a key two-run single by second baseman Imani Willis proved the recipe for a white-knuckle victory at Kelly Automotive Park Friday, June 16.

Freeman remained one of the Prospect League’s most consistent starters, producing double-digit strikeouts for a second time and going five-or-more frames on the hill for a third time in four outings. After both teams traded scoring innings in the second and third, the Jones County Community College of Mississippi product and a three-person staff for the Blue Sox kept the bats quiet the remainder of the evening, as the Kokomo Jackrabbits (7-8) held on for a 4-3 victory.

Willis topped a four-safety chart for first-year field manager Gary McClure’s squad, garnering two hits and the two RBI. Outfielder Frankie Jezioro and shortstop Andrew Curran also tallied run-scoring marks.

The two-game set in northwestern Pennsylvania began with a 5-1 Butler victory Thursday, June 15. A three-run first inning rally for the home team proved the difference, neutralizing a hit and RBI from Curran that led the Brown and Gold.

Kokomo returns home for back-to-back appearances at Kokomo Municipal Stadium Saturday and Sunday, June 17 and 18. Game times are 7:05 p.m. against Champion City Saturday and 3:05 p.m. Sunday for the sixth edition of the 2017 Battle for Highway 26 against Lafayette. The weekend features a tribute to the classic 1970s disco movie “Saturday Night Fever” as a post-game disco party is scheduled for Saturday along with a temporary tattoo giveaway to children 12 and under, while Sunday’s highlighted by a kids’ club game and team pennant giveaway along with the second Super Soaker and post-game catch events on the field.

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