Friday win forges split with divisional leaders

June 9, 2017

CHILLICOTHE, OHIO – The age-old adage “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” was something first-year Kokomo Jackrabbits field manager Gary McClure put into play Friday, June 9.

Taking advantage of a bullpen that’s been of the Prospect League’s stoutest through the early part of the 2017 first half. McClure turned over the starting pitching keys to Quentin Miller in the finale of a series against the Eastern Division leading Paints. The results were as they’ve been through 10 games, as Miller joined fellow bullpen mates Josh Konecek and Trey Bickel and strong-armed starter Mike Anthony to slow down an offense that sported the league’s top batting average (.281) to the tune of an 8-1 win. Miller and Bickel struck out four each, while Konecek, gaining the victory, punched out two home team hitters along with Anthony.

The Brown and Gold’s recently robust offensive run provided plenty of support. Outfielder Austin Petravicius launched a home run while driving in four; third baseman Jarrod Watkins and first baseman Romero Harris tagged Paints’ pitching to the tune of three safeties each; and outfielder Luke Fegen and catcher Wyatt Schwing ended with two hits each.

Chilicothe narrowly avoided being swept on their home field by the Jackrabbits. It took a four-run ninth inning rally Thursday, June 8, to sidestep their guests 8-7. Fegen and Watkins combined for eight of the club’s 14 hits, while Harris tallied three and drove in two runs. Watkins wound up just a home run shy of the cycle on his statistics’ line.

Kokomo (3-6) resumes a span of playing seven of its next eight contests away from home June 10 and 11. The Jackrabbits face off against defending PL champions West Virginia at 7:05 p.m. Saturday and 5:05 p.m. Sunday.

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