Hunter Jobe held the BlueSox to three runs over the first five innings of Wednesday night's 2015 season opener.
Normally, that would have been half the battle, but the clouds above Diethrick Park opened up, abruptly ending the game after
Jamestown got the best of Butler in their first Prospect League game with a 5‑3 win.
After going down in order over the first three innings, Butler did demonstrate some pop in their bats. Already
down 3-0 after a Brad Hartman homer, Matt Hansen walked to lead off the fourth, Mark DeVita was hit a few pitches later. Back-to-back
singles by Ty White and David Marcus plated the first two runs of the season and White came around to score on an Alex Miklos
sac fly to right to tie the game.
The Jammers wasted no time retaking the lead though. Vinny Mallaro led off the next half-inning with a triple
and scored on the next hitter's groundout. Dominique Jackson added a solo shot to left field in the bottom of the sixth to
put the score at 5-3.
Returning Butler starter Ben Hartz allowed just six hits over six innings, he did not walk a batter, and K'd
seven. With the wind blowing out to center field most of the game, the two home runs were enough to top the Sox.
Jobe allowed two more baserunners than Hartz, but was able to strand a pair in scoring position in the fifth
with a strikeout and a fly out. He finished with five strikeouts.
Hansen finished with a single, walk, and run out of the leadoff spot. Michael Patrick, who walked and was
hit by a pitch, was the only other Butler player to reach base twice.
Butler will be at Kelly Automotive Park for their home opener against the Champion City Kings on Thursday
at 6:35pm. They will face off again Friday at 7:05pm before the first fireworks game of the year.