Jackrabbits reach double-digit win markJune 14, 2016
KOKOMO, IND. – First baseman Caleb Stayton of Ball State University and right fielder Griffin Harms of Wayne State University each collected three hits, lifting the Kokomo Jackrabbits past in-state Prospect League rival Lafayette 4-2 Tuesday, June 14.
Stayton, the Coca-Cola Player of the Game, blasted a two-run home run to deep right field in the third inning, his second of the season, and added a key RBI single to left in the eighth.
“(Lafayette starting pitcher Skyler Harrison) had thrown me a couple of breaking balls off the plate, so I figured that there might be a fastball coming,” Stayton reflected. “I was fortunate to guess right and got the bat head through the ball for the home run.
“It was sort of the same situation (in the eighth),” he added. “The first three pitches were high, and I just wanted to get something I could hit for a sacrifice fly, run-scoring ground ball and so forth. I was able to make contact. I’m just glad I was able to help the team in both opportunities.”
Harms, who’s been a multiple-hit machine for the Gold and Brown, hit the mark for the fourth time in the last five games with his season average sky-rocketing from .212 to .347.
The duo’s efforts made a winner out of Baldwin-Wallace’s Evan Lovick. The southpaw struck out two and was nicked for just the two runs in six innings of work, evening his season record at 1-1. Kokomo’s bullpen continued to nearly impossible for a PL opponent to solve, surrendering just two hits over three innings with three strikeouts, all of which went to Indiana University – South Bend’s Trey Bickel in route to his third save.
“We did tonight what we’ve been able to do of late … getting key hits and good starting and bullpen pitching,” field manager Matt Howard said. “Offensively, Caleb is the kind of player who is going to get hits strung together and can change a game.
“Overall, as I mentioned, our pitching has been stellar and we’re scoring runs when we need to,” he added. “It’s all coming down to putting good bats together and competing.”
The Jackrabbits, standing 10-7 and tied atop the PL’s Eastern Division standings with the Butler Bluesox after the victory, open a five-game road trip Wednesday, June 15, at Chillicothe. First pitch is 7:05 p.m.
Lafayette 100 001 000 2 9 3
Kokomo 002 100 01x 4 9 0
WP - Evan Lovick
LP – Skyler Harrison
S – Trey Bickel