Late inning rally ensures opening home stand winning record

June 1, 2017

KOKOMO, IND. – A Kokomo Jackrabbits’ offense looking for a spark got it with a pivotal eighth-inning explosion Thursday, June 1.

Beginning the yearly challenge for State Road 26 bragging rights against Prospect League rival Lafayette, manager Gary McClure’s squad rallied from a 3-2 deficit, plating three tallies in its final at-bat. Run-scoring singles off the bat of John A. Logan College’s Colin Butkiewicz and Eastern Illinois University’s Andrew Curran were sandwiched around a shot down the line by Wayne State University’s J.T. Conti that tallied a third score with a triple. The attack stopped an early-season scuffle of just four runs scored over the club’s first 25 innings and was the first multiple-score inning enjoyed by the home fans at Municipal Stadium this season.

Kokomo’s 5-3 victory over the Aviators which pushed their season mark to 2-1 was highlighted by a familiar first home stand theme … sparkling bullpen pitching from the likes of Butler University’s Quentin Miller and Indiana University – Southeast’s Ryne Underwood. Miller, who has yet to be touched for an opponent run in two appearances, struck out five in four innings of work to gain the win, while Underwood continued to be a lockdown closer, putting down Lafayette in the ninth which included one punch-out for his second save.

The Jackrabbits hit the road for the first time in 2017 Friday, June 2, going to Lafayette’s Loeb Stadium for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch. Kokomo is back home for a weekend set against Chillicothe Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4.

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