Miners escape Jackrabbits in series finale

June 17, 2016

BECKLEY, W.V. – More stellar pitching was on display at Linda K. Epling Stadium Friday, June 17, as the Kokomo Jackrabbits’ five-game road trip continued.

Kokomo starter Sean Kiley, out of Oberlin College, was sparkling again for field manager Matt Howard’s side. Kiley limited the Miners to only two hits while striking out four and surrendering four free passes in five frames. He gave way to University of Missouri hurler Ryan Lee in the sixth. Lee continued the blanks on the West Virginia side of the scoreboard for two more innings but was nicked for two runs in the bottom of the eighth due to two walks and a two-out single, just enough to push the home team to a 2-1 Prospect League win. Lee, despite the unfortunate eighth, was tough on the Miners with seven strikeouts in three innings of work.

On the other side, Austin Goss, Chris Metrick, James Doubet and Reed Bright combined for 12 strikeouts and held the visitors to a single run, aided by a West Virginia error, in the 7th. The Jackrabbits’ Alex Del Rio, hailing from the University of Missouri, drove in the score with a sacrifice fly.

The Jackrabbits, sitting 10-10 and third on the PL’s Eastern Division standings, travel to the division-leading Butler Bluesox Saturday, June 18. First pitch at Kelly Auto Park in Butler, Penn., is 6:35 p.m.

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