BY MARK ADKINS/KOKOMO JACKRABBITS
KOKOMO, Ind. – A Sunday, July 2, celebration of America and the third Family Wednesday promotion of the 2017 Prospect League season June 28 highlight the June 27-July 2 Kokomo Jackrabbits’ schedule.
A large scale of the span will be spent on the road for first-year field manager Gary McClure’s team. The Brown and Gold visits Champion City Tuesday, June 27; makes their way to Butler for a pair of games against the Blue Sox Thursday and Friday, June 29 and 30; and then returns to Carleton Davidson Stadium, the home of the Kings, for a single game Saturday, July 1.
Home game times are 6:35 p.m. Wednesday and 3:05 p.m. Sunday versus Champion City. First pitches are slated for 6:35 p.m. Tuesday and 7:05 p.m. Saturday at the Kings’ venue and 6:35 p.m. Thursday and 7:05 Friday at the Blue Sox’ Kelly Automotive Park.
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Fans attending the mid-week tilt against the Kings can receive two dugout reserved tickets, two hot dogs and two sodas for $20 for the Jackrabbits’ Family Wednesday event. If your plans include a visit to Kokomo Stadium July 2, you’ll receive an American flag as part of a day which features a kids’ club game, the always-popular Super Soaker promotion and the chance to play catch on the field at game’s end.
Looking further, a Christmas in July promotion is Saturday and Sunday, July 8-9; KMS is transformed into Willie Wonka’s Candyland Sunday, July 16; and the ever-popular Star Wars Night is on the docket Saturday, July 22. The first kids camp is Tuesday, July 25. For more information on these and all things Kokomo Jackrabbits, visit www.kokomojackrabbits.com.
WE LOVE KMS … WE HOPE YOU DO, TOO
Kokomo Municipal Stadium is in process of vying for its third straight Ballpark Digest Best of the Ballparks summer-collegiate section award. Voting in the final eight section is open now until Tuesday, June 27, at 12 p.m. at http://ballparkdigest.com/.
Watch Jacks Jabber and www.kokomojackrabbits.com for updates as the competition continues!
FROM THE CARROT PATCH
Former Prospect League all-star game Most Valuable Player and Jackrabbits’ standout Mark Zimmerman earned his second victory in Class A ball for the San Diego Padres organization, firing an inning and a third with one strikeout as the Tri-City Dust Devils rallied past the Spokane Indians June 22 … Chris Amato, who wore the Brown and Gold in 2015 and 2016, has been on a pair of Frontier League rosters this season. He began with the Southern Illinois Miners and then spent some time with the Windy City Thunderbolts.
Complete-game pitching performances have been a rarity on the Prospect League first-half landscape, as only four hurlers have done so. Two of them have come from the Jackrabbits’ staff with Jones Community College’s Will Freeman and Lock Haven University’s Mike Anthony registering them. Club historian and public address announcer Dean Hockney noted that it has occurred five times in franchise history with Anthony doing so twice and being joined by Freeman, past organization member Ryan Lee and former Brown and Gold player Felix Baez … Due to such marks as displayed above, McClure’s staff continues to hold high-rent residence on the PL statistics chart. Freeman’s team-low 2.97 earned run average is 11th-lowest, while fellow starter and former bullpen standout Quentin Miller of Butler University is just three spots off that pace (3.10). Anthony and Freeman are part of a large logjam at No. 6 for wins (two); Anthony is the league leader (44), Freeman is third (41) and reliever Trey Bickel of Indiana University – South Bend is eighth (28) in strikeouts; and Bickel and Indiana University – Southeast’s Ryne Underwood are tied for fifth in saves (two) … On the offensive side of the current numbers, outfielder Imani Willis of Austin Peay, due to five multiple-hit outings, has risen into the top 15 in batting average (.339) at No. 12. Fellow outfielder Luke Fegen of Des Moines Area Community College is tied for sixth in doubles (six); Willis’ three triples have him tied for third, while the trio of Fegen, catcher/designated hitter Collin Butkiewicz of John A. Logan College and infielder Jarrod Watkins of Indiana State University are among a tie for sixth with two each; and Willis’ seven stolen bases have him tied for 10th.