Konecek bullpen gem paces Brown and GoldJuly 9, 2017
KOKOMO, IND. – With a pivotal six-game road trip ahead, the best news that Gary McClure can take into the span comes from four little words.
Playing well at home.
After a rough and tumble beginning to the 2017 Prospect League season on the field turf at Kokomo Municipal Stadium, recent results have been anything but similar. Following a back and forth battle with Butler Sunday, July 9, that ended in a 6-4 victory, the Jackrabbits moved to 16-19, only five and a half games behind Eastern Division leading Champion City and just two games removed from the chase for second place and a postseason playoff spot, due in large part to four straight overall and five successive home victories.
Closing out the weekend sweep of the Blue Sox and an ever-popular Christmas in July promotion, center fielder Luke Fegen, third baseman Storm Joop and catcher Bailey Partlow each registered multiple-hit contests to generate more holiday cheer among the throng of home fans numbering better than 1,400. Joop and Partlow both cracked doubles, while Fegen drove in two runs to add to their game resumes.
The offensive attack aided a superb pitching performance from Josh Konecek. Coming on in relief of starter Tucker Waddups, the University of Missouri product shut down the visiting bats with seven strikeouts and only three hits allowed in four and a third innings. His glittering display earned him Coca-Cola Player of the Game honors.
Kokomo’s two-town tour of Lafayette and Quincy begins Tuesday, July 11, with a doubleheader at Loeb Stadium, resuming the yearly battle for the State Highway 26 trophy. The Jackrabbits hold a 7-4 edge with nine game remaining against the rival Aviators. First pitch times are set for approximately 5:30 and 6:35 p.m.