Jackrabbits turn in up and down weekend

July 31, 2017

The pitching tandem of Lock Haven University’s Breton LaRose and the University of Missouri’s Josh Konecek proved brilliant in the nightcap of a Prospect League doubleheader Sunday, July 30.

LaRose, moving to 3-2 on the season, made his fourth start memorable, limiting the host Springfield Sliders to just a pair of runs on three hits while striking out six in five innings. Konecek, who has become a lockdown closer for first-year field manager Gary McClure’s crew down the stretch, featured more of the same in his pitching wares, striking out three and giving up just one hit in two innings.

Southeastern Community College’s Zeb Adreon, who has seen his batting average shoot up from an early .125 to its .341 status, compiled a perfect four-for-four effort at the dish. The first baseman smacked a home run and three doubles as part of an eighth multiple-safety outing of the season. Designated hitter Alex del Rio of the University of Missouri was also clicking for the Brown and Gold with two hits, which saw him launch a big fly to go with three RBI.

The opener at Robin Roberts Field was a back and forth affair. Both sides held two-run advantages before the decision wound up in walk-off status due to a Sliders’ eighth-inning home run as part of an 8-7 final. Adreon, opening up a six-hit late afternoon/evening, tallied a two-hit, three-RBI contest, and center field Imani Willis of Austin Peay University and Pasco-Hernando State’s Bailey Partlow, Kokomo’s game one catcher, each added two hits. The University of Indianapolis’ Storm Joop put his name on the marquee, too, with a home run.

Kokomo closed out a three-game home stand Saturday, July 29, falling to the Champion City Kings 10-2. Butler University’s Quentin Miller blanked the visitors, much to the delight of another near-capacity crowd of 2,881 at Kokomo Municipal Stadium, over the first five frames, to help keep the Jackrabbits in front 1-0. The visitors answered in a big way in the top of the sixth, plating nine runs, and did not look back. Del Rio and center fielder Luke Fegen of Des Moines Area Community College led the way at the plate, each driving in a run.

The Jackrabbits move into the final week of the regular season Tuesday, August 1, with a pivotal doubleheader at Lafayette’s Loeb Stadium. Start time is 5:35 p.m.

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