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Kingfish Clipped by Jackrabbits

KOKOMO, Ind. — The Kokomo Jackrabbits (5-5) snapped the Kenosha Kingfish’s (4-6) three-game winning streak on Thursday night with a 7-3 victory at Kokomo Municipal Stadium.

Nate Thomas (Saint Joseph’s) picked up his team-leading eighth RBI in the first inning on a single that scored Mitchell Buban (Wisconsin-Milwaukee) to give Kenosha a 1-0 lead.

The Jackrabbits loaded the bases with one out in the second inning, but Kingfish starting pitcher Kyle Gendron (Winona State) got Ryan Layne (Morehead State) to ground into a run-scoring double play to limit the damage and hold Kokomo to one run in the inning.

Kokomo broke through with three runs in the fifth inning. Ethan Gallagher (UMBC) drove in the go-ahead run with a groundout. Then Jack Kraus (Wisconsin-Milwaukee) hit a double into the right-center field gap to score two more runs to give the Jackrabbits a 4-1 edge.

Gendron exited the game after the Kraus double with a final line of 4 2/3 innings and four runs on seven hits.

Charles Middleton (Sierra) scored Thomas with an RBI groundout in the top of the sixth inning to cut Kenosha’s deficit to two at 4-2.

Logan Jarvis (Belmont) plated Denzel Clark (California State-Northridge) from second base with a base hit to centerfield in the bottom of the sixth. Then Layne scored on a Jeff Timko (Eastern Michigan) chopper to Thomas at third base. A couple of pitches later, Jarvis scored on a wild pitch to give Kokomo a 7-2 lead.

Middleton knocked in Thomas again off Blaine Traxel (California State-Northridge) in the eighth on a single to chip away at Kokomo’s lead.

But Traxel rebounded to pitch a scoreless ninth inning and give Kokomo the 7-3 win.

Gendron took the loss for Kenosha while Trevor Nicholson (Eastern Illinois) earned the win for the Jackrabbits.

The Kingfish will travel to Michigan next to take on Traverse City on Friday at 7:05 p.m. EST.