Freeman dandy starts 2017 on high noteMay 30, 2017
KOKOMO, IND. – Firsts were the order of the evening at Kokomo Municipal Stadium Tuesday, May 30.
First-year club member Will Freeman had a Prospect League and collegiate wood bat pitching effort to remember in front of a happy crowd of better than 1,500 fans. The Jones County Junior College product and Semmes, Alabama, native twisted up the defending champions into a pretzel, striking out 12, good for the second-best effort in Kokomo Jackrabbits’ franchise history, and allowing only two hits against the West Virginia Miners.
The second team all-Mississippi Community and Junior Colleges’ honoree wasn’t the only Brown and Gold newcomer celebrating. Manager Gary McClure had a successful debut , too, while Rutgers University’s Luke Bowerbank, playing in his first game on the turf at Municipal Stadium, tallied one of two home team safeties to go along with Austin Peay State’s Imani Willis who also played his opening game for the Jackrabbits. Bowerbank scooted across home plate in the third inning with the lone run after stealing second and moving to third on a throwing error which was followed by a wild pitch to break up the scoreless tie.
Two areas that were familiar to the crowd were the presence of relief pitching standouts Trey Bickel and Ryne Underwood. Bickel, the Indiana University – South Bend flame thrower, and Underwood, the Indiana University – Southeast hurler who worked his way on to the all-Prospect League squad in 2016, gave just a combined one hit and struck out four to close out the final two and a third frames.
Kokomo’s 2017 home schedule resumes Wednesday, May 31. It’s the first Family Wednesday of the year, as a $20 package gets a group two dugout reserved tickets, two hot dogs and two sodas. First pitch in the series’ finale vs. West Virginia is 6:35 p.m.