Hot bats feed Boise over Jackalopes

    Grand Junction Jackalopes

June 16, 2024 – Pioneer League (PL)
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On June 15, 2024 at Memorial Stadium in Boise, Idaho, the Boise Hawks demonstrated their dominance with an impressive 14-4 victory over the Grand Junction Jackalopes. The Hawks, now 16-7 on the season, outscored the Jackalopes, who fell to 7-16.

From the start, Boise’s offense was relentless. Kole Kaler set the tone, going 1-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBIs, including a crucial double. Micah Yonamine and Troy Viola each made significant contributions, with Yonamine driving in three runs and Viola adding two hits and an RBI. The Hawks’ lineup was a well-oiled machine, allowing twelve hits and nine walks, putting constant pressure on the Jackalopes’ pitchers.

The Hawks jumped out to an early lead with three runs in the first inning and never looked back. By the end of the fifth inning, they had extended their lead to 5-2. A four-run sixth inning, capped by RBIs from Livorsi and Kalafut, further widened the gap. In the seventh inning, the Hawks scored three more runs, effectively ending the game.

Despite the loss, there were still some highlights for the Jackalopes. Omar Veloz shined and went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI’s. Julian Boyd and Andres Rios also contributed with an RBI each. However, these efforts were not enough to overcome the Hawks’ powerful attack and battle on the hill.

“We kept it close for a while, but then the wheels came off,” Jackalopes Manager Chris Knabenshue said after the game. “We as a staff are seeing good things and feel like we are getting better every game. I really believe this is a good team we are playing against and we are competitive with them.”

Boise’s pitching staff was solid. Reed Garland earned the win, his second of the season, allowing four runs (three earned) in 5.2 innings. He struck out seven and walked three, effectively keeping the Jackalopes at bay. The bullpen was nearly flawless, with Evan Kowalski, Casey Dykstra, Drew Marrufo and Ronaldo Fernandez combining to shut down the Jackalopes over the final 3.1 innings, allowing just one hit and striking out five.

Game 6 of the series is today at 1:05 PM at Memorial Stadium. Watch the Jackalopes all season long at

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