JACKRABBITS FALL TO DANVILLE IN HOME OPENER; WIN SECOND GAME!

May 31, 2015


JACKRABBITS FALL TO DANVILLE IN HOME OPENER; WIN SECOND GAME!

The Kokomo Jackrabbits kicked off their home opener at the Kokomo Municipal Stadium Sunday afternoon after having to reschedule due to severe weather Saturday evening. After a strong start and leading in the first inning, the Kokomo Jackrabbits fell 11-2 to the Danville Dan’s during the rescheduled, mostly-rainy game.
 
            Milo Freeman (Rutgers University) got the Jackrabbits on the board during the first inning with a lead off double, making this the first home hit in stadium history.
 
Jackrabbits starting pitcher and former Eastern High School Comet, Bryce Rainey (Earlham College), had two strikeouts early in the game and gave the Jackrabbits an early 2-1 advantage. After three innings, Rainey completed his day on the mound with five hits, three runs, and three walks.
 
Starting the fourth inning, pitcher James Townsend-Chase (Western Michigan University) came into the game in a tight spot and limited the damaged, retiring three batters in a row. This lead to a tough inning for the Jackrabbits with the Dans scoring seven hits, four runs and two runners on base making the score 10-2. Townsend-Chase finished his day with two hits, four runs, and two bases on balls.
 
Designated hitter and pitcher, Mark Zimmerman (Baldwin Wallace University), received the Coca-Cola Player of the Game. Zimmerman had two hits, one run scored and one run batted in.
 
After the first game, a performance by Shiny Penny and a bobble head giveaway for fans, the Jackrabbits and Dans met again at 4 p.m., which lead to a different outcome. The Jackrabbits came out with a 2-0 win over Danville.
 
Zimmerman began pitching the game with no hits, runs, or errors. Chris Folinusz (Rutgers University), had a great throw for the pick off at second base retiring the first three Dans in the first inning. Folinusz hit a double RBI and Brad Hamilton (Kent State) reached by error in the first inning giving the Jackrabbits an early 2-0 lead.
 
            Again, Zimmerman received the Coca-Cola Player of the Game for his outstanding performance of six innings pitched and nine strikeouts.
 
            Next up, the Jackrabbits will hit the road Tuesday and Wednesday for a two game set against the Springfield Sliders in Springfield, Illinois. The Jackrabbits will return to the Kokomo Municipal Stadium Thursday, June 4th at 6:35 p.m. against the Terre Haute Rex’s for the Throwback to the 50’s and Grandparents Appreciation Game.
 
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City of Kokomo, Indiana:
Kokomo, Indiana is located fifty miles north of Indianapolis, easily reached by U.S. 31. Kokomo is known as the City of Firsts thanks to its world-renowned automotive heritage, which includes America’s First Car produced by Elwood Haynes in 1894, and later, the Apperson Jackrabbit Automobile.  Kokomo’s historic downtown offers a wide variety of interesting attractions.  Along the Kokomo Municipal Stadium outfield wall is the Wildcat Creek Walk of Excellence, which connects the ballpark to the greater downtown area where you will find an array of restaurants and retail shops. Downtown Kokomo hosts a farmers’ market in its Historic Depot District and free, summertime open-air concerts in Foster Park’s Kokomo Arts Pavilion. Visit CityofKokomo.org for more information.

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