Brown and Gold edge ahead in Battle for Highway 26June 13, 2017
KOKOMO, IND. – In sports, it’s always wise to take advantage of your opportunities.
The Kokomo Jackrabbits’ Sam Troyer is a great example of that. In his first game with the Brown and Gold Tuesday, June 13, the Rend Lake Community College player turned plenty of heads in front of a crowd of better than 1,500 at Kokomo Municipal Stadium. The Goshen, Indiana, native and Coca-Cola Player of the Game produced a pair of singles, stole three bases to tie for the second most in a game in club history, and scored a key run in the bottom of the third that helped lead the home side to a 4-2 win over Prospect League rival Lafayette, moving them in front in the Battle for State Highway 26 by a 3-2 margin.
“I already like this guy,” first-year field manager Gary McClure said with a broad smile about Troyer. “Fans of the game would probably feel the same after watching him … he’s just got great instincts.”
Troyer lifted an offense that was held to five hits by the Aviators’ pitching duo of Caleb Seelman and Jarrett Hammel, marking the first time in six contests the Jackrabbits hadn’t reached double-digits in safeties. Catcher Colin Butkiewicz and left fielder Andrew Dyke drove in runs in support, too.
Even with four runs on only five hits, it was enough for another strong appearance for the pitching staff. Starter Chase Vanek gained the win, going five frames with five strikeouts, while relievers Ryne Underwood and Trey Bickel continued a lockdown mentality for the Brown and Gold bullpen combining for six strikeouts and giving up only three hits.
Kokomo (6-7) returns to the road Wednesday, June 14. They face off with Champion City in a 6:35 p.m. first pitch at Carleton Davidson Stadium in Springfield, Ohio.
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Chase Vanek, Ryne Underwood (6), Trey Bickel (8) vs. Caleb Seelman, Jarrett Hammel (8)
WP – Vanek
LP – Seelman
S – Bickel
Attendance - 1563