Weekly Release - July 14

July 14, 2016

KOKOMO, IND. – The Kokomo Jackrabbits pick up the second half of the 2016 Prospect League schedule with a five-game home stand, beginning Friday-Sunday, July 15-17.

The PL Eastern Division second half leaders (6-3 second half, 21-18 overall), the Gold and Brown host the Danville Dans in 7:05 p.m. first pitches Friday and Saturday and the Terre Haute TRex at 3:05 p.m. Sunday. Kokomo Municipal Stadium, recently named Ballpark Digest’s Summer Collegiate Ballpark of the Year for a second successive season, is the venue for all three contests.

LUKE, YOU FATHER’S IN KOKOMO: Fans are asked to dress up as their favorite Star Wars characters for the weekend set. Other events planned for visitors to KMS Friday through Sunday are a Glowlight Giveaway to the first 1,250 fans through the gates July 15; guest Star Wars character appearances and a jersey auction July 16; and an ice cream social for the first 1,000 fans in attendance to build their own sundae as part of the next Keep Your Cool Sunday event July 17.

NEWS AND NOTES: Field manager Matt Howard, outfielder Griffin Harms of Wayne State University, infielder Ryan Hutchinson of Illinois State University, catcher Mitch Stoltzfus of Millersville University, pitcher Mike Anthony of Lock Haven University and pitcher Ryne Underwood of Indiana University – Southeast represented the host team at the 2016 Prospect League all-star game Wednesday, July 13. The game was called due to inclement weather at the end of four innings with the West leading 3-2. Infielder Caleb Stayton of Ball State University also played a role in the all-star festivities as he was on the home run derby roster Tuesday, July 12. Stayton advanced to the semifinals before being toppled … With 21 games remaining on the second half slate, the Gold and Brown lead the Eastern Division by a game over the Chillicothe Paints … Harms, Hutchinson, Stayton and Anthony hold high residence on the PL’s statistics charts. Anthony’s mound presence has turned plenty of heads, as he’s first in innings pitched (49 and a third), tied for first in wins (six) and is just outside the top five in earned run average (2.01). At the dish, Harms is keeping is name in the batting average championship race, hitting .348 which is good for fourth and trails current leader Aaron Meyer of DuPage by 31 points for the top spot. He’s also tied for fifth with 47 hits. Hutchinson is one of seven players leading the league in triples (four), and Stayton’s long ball tendencies have him tied for fourth (four) and has led opposing pitchers to offer him 27 free passes which is third-highest. Harms and utility player Clayton Benefield of IU-Southeast are also in the top five of hit by pitch with Benefield sitting third (10) and Harms fourth (eight).  

KOKOMOJACKRABBITS.COM: Fans can find all of their information via the official web site of the Prospects League franchise as well as links to live statistics and webcasts for all games home and away and the complete 2016 home promotional calendar.

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