BY DEAN HOCKNEY
KOKOMO, Ind. – Kyle Wade struck out three South Bend Riley hitters in the first inning to spark Kokomo’s 13-3 win (five innings) in the season opener for the Kats at Municipal Stadium. The junior hurler pitched three innings of shutout, two-hit baseball while striking out six. He also led the team at the plate with three RBI’s on a 2-run double and a sacrifice fly.
DaShaun Barbary was 3 for 3 with a run and an RBI. Jack Perkins had a pair or RBI’s on a triple, Brian Harding registered two RBI’s and Nate Hemmerich had two singles and an RBI. Kokomo pounded out 12 hits in its opener.
“Overall the Kats played well for their first time out; pitching well and playing solid defense,” said head coach Sean Swan. “Offensively the Kats had many quality at-bats throughout both games.”
In game two, the Kats registered another 13-3 win over Riley in five innings. Bayden Root picked up the win, throwing the first three innings, giving up three earned runs on three hits with seven strikeouts. Quamielle Belt smacked two hits, an RBI double and a single, and Colt Munsey had two hits to lead the offense. Noah Hurlock added a two-run double, Wade had an RBI triple and Root had an RBI double.
Swan said Kokomo has a tough week ahead as the Wildkats face Lafayette Jefferson to start North Central Conference play on April 11 at 6 p.m. at Municipal Stadium (at Jeff on April 12) The Kats then host non-conference opponent Frankfort Friday night before traveling to Harrison for the second conference series of the season Saturday.