Jackrabbits gain more strong pitchingMay 31, 2017
KOKOMO, IND. – The recipe and results were nearly identical from opening night for the Kokomo Jackrabbits May 31.
Fueled by a second successive double-digit strikeout performance by a starter, this time around coming from returner Mike Anthony of Lock Haven University and sparkling bullpen tossing by returners Quentin Miller of Butler University and Trey Bickel of Indiana University – South Bend, manager Gary McClure’s team stood three outs away from a second straight 1-0 win over defending Prospect League champion West Virginia. However, the Miners managed a four-run, five-hit ninth inning rally to claim a 4-1 decision and a split of the season opening series at Municipal Stadium.
Anthony’s 11 Ks, his second double-digit punchout total in a Brown and Gold uniform, coupled with Bickel and Miller each striking out two in one inning of work apiece kept the crowd of just under 1,000 fans cheering in approval. The offense managed to light up the scoreboard for one tally, as Des Moines Community College’s Luke Fegen tripled and scored; the University of Cincinnati’s Wyatt Schwing produced a hit and Eastern Illinois University’s Andrew Curran brought home Fegen with a sacrifice fly to break up a scoreless tie in the sixth.
The Jackrabbits close out their opening home stand Thursday, June 1, welcoming PL rival Lafayette for a 6:35 p.m. first pitch. It’s the first Taco Thursday of the year as margaritas are $5 and fans can purchase three tacos for a similar price. Kokomo takes to the road Friday, June 2, for a rematch at Lafayette and then returns home to begin two in a row at home against Chillicothe Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4.