BY MARK ADKINS/KOKOMO JACKRABBITS
KOKOMO, Ind. – First-year field manager Gary McClure and the 2017 Kokomo Jackrabbits embark on a crucial six-game road trip beginning Tuesday, July 11, at Lafayette. The Brown and Gold, harboring a four-game win streak and 16-19 record, face off against the Prospect League rival Aviators in a doubleheader Tuesday, beginning at 5:30 p.m., and a single contest Wednesday, July 12, at 6:35 p.m. at venerable Loeb Stadium; pay a visit to Quincy University Stadium, home of the Gems, Thursday and Friday, July 13 and 14, for twin 7:35 p.m. Eastern Standard Time first pitches; and then make their way back to Lafayette for a single game Saturday, July 15, at 7:05 p.m.
The team returns to Kokomo Municipal Stadium for a match-up with the Springfield Sliders Sunday, July 16.
ALL-STAR EVENTS VISIT KMS: A full day of festivities is on the agenda Monday, July 17, as the 2017 Prospect League Scout Day and Home Run Derby take over the field turf at Kokomo Municipal Stadium.
Selected players arrive at the home of the Kokomo Jackrabbits at 8 a.m. with warm-ups set for 9-9:30 a.m. and workouts running from 9:30-12 p.m. at Scout Day. After a special luncheon for all players, coaches and scouts in attendance, batting practice for both teams in the Home Run Derby opens at 3:30 p.m.
Fans are treated to a celebrity home run event from 5:30-6:30 p.m. with local luminaries involved. The PL competition opens at approximately 6:30 p.m. with special introductions, entertainment courtesy of DJ Pugh, and an address from Commissioner Dennis Bastien followed by the 2017 derby from 7:05-9:30 p.m. Fireworks and live music conclude the evening.
For a complete schedule, visit www.kokomojackrabbits.com.
SIGN UP NOW FOR KIDS CAMP: Registration remains open until Friday, July 21, for the first Kokomo Jackrabbits’ Kids Camp. The event is set for Tuesday, July 25, at Kokomo Municipal Stadium.
Cost is $50 per person for ages 6-12. Participants receive a dugout reserved ticket for the evening’s Prospect League game against Butler; a t-shirt; a special 15-minute autograph session with members of the Jackrabbits after camp; and a hot dog, water and chips as well as instruction from coaches and players from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on the field turf at Kokomo Municipal Stadium.
Interested individuals can register at https://kokomojackrabbitscamp.myshopify.com/.
STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: With at least one hit in six of his last seven games, Austin Peay University’s Imani Willis continues to reside in the PL’s batting average top 10. His .344 mark stands 10th … In other offensive categories, a trio consisting of Willis, Des Moines Area Community College’s Luke Fegen and John A. Logan College’s Collin Butkiewicz are each in the top 10 of triples (Willis T-1st – five; Butkiewicz and Fegen – T-5th – 3), and Willis’ 12 stolen bases are tied for fifth … On the mound, bullpen standout Josh Konecek is among the top 10 in wins. The University of Missouri product’s three are tied for seventh. He and fellow Jackrabbits’ staffer Quentin Miller of Butler University are among the strikeout top 20 (Konecek 33 – No. 16/Miller 32 – No. 17), while Miller’s 3.26 earned run average is 13th-lowest.