Jackrabbits Weekly Release #3June 7, 2016
A set of three home and three away contests highlights the third week of the 2016 Prospects League schedule for the Kokomo Jackrabbits.
Kokomo, sporting a 4-6 record that’s tied for fourth with the Champion City Kings on the PL’s Eastern Division standings, travel to Illinois for single contests against the Springfield Sliders Tuesday, June 7, and Wednesday, June 8, with identical 7:35 p.m. first pitches. They return to Kokomo Municipal Stadium for three successive clashes Thursday through Saturday, June 9-11, taking on the Gems at 6:35 p.m. Thursday to close a home-and-home set; the Sliders at 7:05 p.m. Friday, also wrapping up a home-and-home span; and the DuPage Drones at 7:05 p.m. Saturday to begin a home-and-home series with the second game set at Benedictine University’s home field in Lisle, Ill., at 6 p.m. EST Sunday, June 12.
PROMOTIONS SCHEDULE: Dress up like your favorite superhero or as a princess and come out and cheer on the Jackrabbits June 9-11 and June 14. Individual promotional news includes Teacher Appreciation Day Thursday as teachers entering Kokomo Municipal Stadium with a valid ID get a $5 Backyard ticket and $1 hot dog deal; it’s another Friday Flick and Camp Out event June 10 with a special jersey auction set; and Saturday, fans dressed in superhero and princess costumes get a special tea party and pre-game parade. Fans in attendance June 11 will be able to see Major League Baseball Hall of Famer and former Milwaukee Brewers/San Diego Padres/Oakland A’s ace relief pitcher Rollie Fingers throw out the first pitch and get his autograph.
For complete information on all Kokomo Jackrabbits promotions and to get tickets for upcoming home games, visit www.kokomojackrabbits.com.
STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: Indiana University – Southeast’s Clay Benefield remains among the league’s top 20 offensively with a .324 batting average in nine games played. His 10 RBI are second-most, trailing only Quincy’s Jake Walters (12) … Also among the leaders in the Prospect League are outfielder Lance Mays, as the East Tennessee State University player’s two home runs are tied for second and his nine runs scored are tied for seventh; and the trio of Butler University’s Connor Dall, Emporia State University’s Wade Hanna and Ball State University’s Caleb Stayton who are tied for seventh in doubles (three) … It may not take long for the University of Missouri’s Alex Del Rio to find his way on those lists, either. In two games against Hannibal last weekend, he turned in two hits in six at-bats with three walks and three stolen bases included … On the mound, Ball State University’s Nick Floyd is among the league’s best in earned run average (1.00) surrendering only one earned run in nine innings of work with eight strikeouts included, while Indiana University’s Parker Sanburn and Baldwin-Wallace University’s Evan Lovick are within the top 20 in strikeouts (10 and nine, respectively). Floyd isn’t the only one dazzling on the rubber, as Indiana University-Southeast’s Ryne Underwood (1.28 ERA) and Kean University’s Chris Amato (0.00 ERA), both part of the Jackrabbits’ bullpen rotation, have been tough for opposing offenses to figure out.
ON THE HORIZON: After an off day Monday, June 13, the Jackrabbits host in-state Prospects League rival Lafayette at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday, June 14. Following the game against the Aviators, they take to the road for five straight, their longest trip of the 2016 season.