Zimmerman Fuels West Offense in All-Star Game RoutJuly 10, 2015
(Courtesy of Prospect League Facebook)
It did not take long for Kokomo Jackrabbits star player, Mark Zimmerman to make his presence felt at the 2015 Prospect League All-Star game. Not only did Zimmerman knock in three RBI’s, but he did that in just the first inning. The West jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the first, on route to an 11-3 victory, thanks largely to Zimmerman’s batting performance.
“Last night was a normal depiction of what Mark has done for us all season. Everyone got to see how talented he is and he really put his name on the map for the pro scouts that were there” said Jackrabbits head coach Matt Howard.
With the West dropping nine runs off five hits in the first inning, the All-Star game took a drastic and surprising turn. Fans that expected a close and entertaining contest never had the chance to see such a game. The East scored twice in the first inning and added another run in the bottom of the eighth inning to close out their scoring for the night.
Kokomo saw their players rise to the occasion and put on a show for the fans and MLB scouts watching the game. Zimmerman tallied two hits, three RBI’s and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the game. Chris Amato did not register a hit in his two at-bats and Chris Folinusz did not see the batter’s box but spent some time at Catcher.
From the mound, only one Jackrabbits pitcher had a chance to show off his skills. Felix Baez took the mound for one inning and pitched remarkably well. Allowing just one hit and striking out two batters. Jarrett Bednar did not play due to an injury.
“Felix played the best baseball we have seen all season last night. He looked great during his time on the mound. His fast ball looked sharp, even his off speed pitches did well. He threw well in front of the pro scouts” stated Coach Howard.
Overall, the Jackrabbits played a vital role in the success of the West All-Stars on Wednesday. Pro scouts in attendance certainly received their money’s worth for their travels to Richmond, Indiana.
“I am very proud of the guys and they showed well during this time. We hope each player continues their success in the second half of the season. The organization is very proud of them and moving forward we are excited to see how our team does to close out the season” said Coach Howard.
The future is bright for the Jackrabbits and if there is one thing that fans can take away from this All-Star break it is that Kokomo is coming back from the break with a fire and drive to be the best team in the West.
Kokomo resumes league play tonight against the Springfield Sliders as part of their five-game, “America Rocks” home stand. The Jackrabbits will play a double-header tonight and fans can use their ticket to get into both games.
Fans can purchase tickets at kokomojackrabbits.com/tickets or visit the Kokomo Box Office at 400 South Union Street.