Jackalopes earn second win in a row

    Grand Junction Jackalopes

June 15, 2024 – Pioneer League (PL)
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The Grand Junction Jackalopes prevailed 6-3 over the Boise Hawks in a competitive matchup on June 14, 2024 at Memorial Stadium in Boise, Idaho. This win brings the Jackalopes’ record to 7-15, while the Hawks drop to 15-7.

The Jackalopes came out swinging and quickly established their presence with a run in the first inning and added two more in the second. Andres Rios, a cornerstone for the Jackalopes, showcased his prowess at the plate by going 2-for-4 with an RBI. His performance, along with Conrad Villafuerte’s 3-for-4 performance, which included an RBI, provided a solid foundation for Grand Junction.

Grand Junction’s pitching was a key factor in their win. Starting pitcher Josh Verdon had a steady performance, allowing five hits but no runs in 4.1 innings. Despite walking three times, Verdon’s ability to escape jams without giving up runs was crucial. The bullpen then took over and Cole Lee earned his second win of the season by throwing 1.2 scoreless innings, striking out two.

Grand Junction’s bullpen encountered some turbulence in the 7th, allowing three runs, but Diego Jordan and closer Hunter Bryan closed the door on any comeback hopes the Hawks had. Bryan, who recorded his fifth save, showed impeccable control and composure in the final inning, striking out one batter and allowing just one hit.

The Hawks, who have been dominant this season with a 15-7 record, were stunned by the Jackalopes’ early attack and strong pitching. Despite a late rally in the seventh inning in which they scored three runs, the Hawks were unable to close the gap. While their lineup produced 12 hits, it struggled to convert those opportunities into runs, leaving 14 runners on base.

“Great win,” Jackalopes manager Chris Knabenshue said after the game. “Nice to get another win, especially against a quality club like Boise. Josh’s strong start was outstanding and our role as pitchers at the end of the game performed well.”

Game 6 of the series is tonight at 7:05 PM at Memorial Stadium. Watch the Jackalopes all season long at

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