Defending champions elude Jackrabbits in final at-batJune 10, 2017
BECKLEY, W.V. – An impressive roll continued for the Kokomo Jackrabbits Saturday, June 10.
The Brown and Gold’s offense, which had pieced together three successive double-digit hitting efforts, added another to the string against the defending Prospect League champions inside Linda K. Epling Stadium. However, even with the likes of center fielder Luke Fegen and shortstop Andrew Curran clouting three safeties apiece; left fielder Alex Del Rio and second baseman Imani Willis both finishing with a pair of hits; and first baseman Romero Harris and third baseman Jarrod Watkins each driving in two scores, the host Miners turned back a 5-4 visiting side lead after six and a half frames with a single score in the seventh and two in the 10th due to a home run off the bat of Justin Mitchell for a 7-5 decision.
First-year field manager Gary McClure’s pitching staff, which entered the evening ranked second in the PL in earned run average (3.79), continued to be one of the tops in strikeouts, too. Starter Will Freeman punched out six in five innings, and relievers Collin Lollar and Josh Konecek combined for five in four innings.
The Jackrabbits (4-7), trailing first half Eastern Division-leading Chillicothe by three games along with West Virginia, continue seven of the next eight on the road with a 5:05 p.m. first pitch at the home of the Miners Sunday, June 11.