Pitcher’s duel goes way of West Virginia

June 23, 2017

KOKOMO, IND. – Will Freeman’s ability to turn heads during the 2017 Prospect League season doesn’t look like it will end any time soon.

The Jones Community College pitcher wowed a Kokomo Municipal Stadium crowd of just under 1500 with 10 strikeouts over six innings in his fourth start of the season. His double-digit punch out mark was the third time he’s reached the territory.

Unfortunately for the home team Kokomo Jackrabbits bats, West Virginia Miners’ starting hurler Brandon Nylin was just as strong. The Indiana University – Southeast product surrendered only three hits over seven innings. The defending champions offense came to his aid in the top of the eighth taking advantage of a pair of errors and walks to plate four tallies, the decisive scores in a 4-0 final. First-year field manager Gary McClure’s offense appeared on the verge of breaking through in the home halves of the fourth and ninth but a pick off at third base ended the first opportunity, while West Virginia reliever Austin Sherry put out a two on, nobody out situation in the ninth with a fly ball and double play.

Kokomo dipped 9-12 with the defeat in the PL’s first half. The Brown and Gold resume a four-game home stand Saturday, June 24, welcoming the Butler Blue Sox for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch. Fans in attendance at KMS will receive a Jax Potter bobblehead with a paid admission and a post-game movie event is set with a screening of “Harry Potter and Sorcerer’s Stone” following game’s end.

WVA                   000       000       040       4  4  0
Kokomo             000       000       000       0  3  3

Will Freeman, Trey Bickel (7), Ryne Underwood (8) vs. Brandon Nylin, Austin Sherry (8)
WP – Nylin
LP - Bickel
Attendance: 1443
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