INDIANA AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL STATE TOURNAMENT RESULTS (AT KOKOMO MUNICIPAL STADIUM)

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AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL

INDIANA STATE FINALS

At Kokomo Municipal Stadium

 

Participating teams

Floyds Knobs Post 42 (18-5)

Kokomo Post 6 (29-6)

Lafayette Post 11 (24-9)

Muncie Post 19 (15-6)

Newburgh Post 44 (21-7-1)

Plymouth Post 27 (20-12)

Rockport Post 254 (22-1)

Terre Haute Post 346 (22-9)

Note: Rockport is the defending state champ

 

Friday, July 22 (opening round)

1. Rockport def Terre Haute 6-4

2. Lafayette def Floyds Knob 5-3

3. Newburgh def Muncie 7-2

4. Kokomo def Plymouth 7-3

Saturday, July 23 (second round)

5. Terre Haute def Muncie 13-6 (elimination game)

6. Floyds Knobs def Plymouth 14-1 (elimination game)

7. Rockport def Newburgh 9-2

8. Kokomo def Lafayette 8-7

Sunday, July 24 (third round)

9. Newburgh def Floyds Knobs 11-2 (elimination game)

10. Terre Haute def Lafayette 13-5 (elimination game)

11. Rockport def Kokomo 10-0

Monday, July 25 (Final Four)

12. Kokomo def Newburgh 4-2 (elimination game)

13. Rockport def Terre Haute 10-0 (elimination game)

Tuesday, July 26 (championship round)

14. 11:00 – Kokomo vs Newburgh

15. Following – if Kokomo wins, second game will be played

DEAN’S LIST: SKIPPER DON ANDREWS HAS POST 6 POISED TO WIN LEGION STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

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THE DEAN’S LIST WITH DEAN HOCKNEY

July is turning into a great month for baseball in the City of Firsts. Last week, the Prospect League brought the Home Run Derby and 8th Annual All-Star Game to Kokomo Municipal Stadium. And this week, the American Legion will host its annual Indiana Baseball State Finals at the downtown stadium.

This is a special year for the Post 6 baseball team as it will play in the eight-team state finals for the third consecutive season – and this time, they have a real shot at winning the tourney and a berth in the Great Lakes National Regional. The Sixers enter the state finals with a 29-6 record, four regular season tournament titles and last weekend’s Cicero Regional championship.

Under the guidance of sixth-year skipper Don Andrews (146-70), Kokomo has had a solid run, which includes a state runners-up finish two years ago, a fifth place last season and five 20-win seasons. This year, he entered the season with high expectations – so far, so good.

“I hope I am not putting too much pressure on them,” Andrews said before the season. “There are two things about our program: they have fun and they win. Our first goal of the year is to get to the state finals. Even with an automatic bid, we think we would earn our way there. This might be the year – all of the stars are aligned.”

Of Kokomo’s six losses, three came to teams from other states, and only one was at the expense from a team potentially in the state finals field – 12-time Indiana state champion Terre Haute Post 346. Terre Haute defeated Kokomo 11-7 in the third game of the season, but TH will need to win its regional title game which took place after the Sports Journal went to press (they are the favorite).

For local baseball fans, the Legion state finals should be a can’t-miss event at one of the best stadiums in the state. The Sixers open play on Friday at 7:30 p.m., and I highly encourage you to come out to the stadium and support the local squad on their quest for a fourth state championship.

Meanwhile, last week saw some of the best collegiate baseball players come to Kokomo and play in the Prospect League All-Star Game and Home Run Derby. The Derby was exciting as 12 players combined for 158 home runs, with at least two shots bouncing over Apperson Way and into the Memorial Gymnasium South Parking Lot.

Unfortunately, the All-Star Game itself was washed out after four innings, thus making it an unofficial contest. It is also unfortunate that fans did not come out for the game. Thirty-six hours before the game, only 603 tickets had been sold. Unofficially, attendance was 847 – well below the Jackrabbits average of 1,490 per game. Hopefully, the Prospect League – which said they loved coming to Kokomo – will return to Municipal Stadium in the future so the City of Firsts can show its full support in sunny weather.

Until next time, remember to keep the man and ship in sports – and I’ll see you at the game.

Dean Hockney is the publisher of the Sports Journal of Central Indiana, sports editor of the Kokomo Herald and the public address announcer for IU Kokomo and the Kokomo Jackrabbits. You can follow him on Twitter (@Sports_Journal) for the latest in local sports news and game reports.

REGIONAL CHAMPIONS: KOKOMO POST 6 EARNS BERTH IN LEGION STATE FINALS FOR THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR

Kokomo Post 6 - Cicero Regional champions!

Kokomo Post 6 – Cicero Regional champions!

BY DEAN HOCKNEY

CICERO, Ind. – For the fifth time this season, the Kokomo American Legion Post 6 baseball team celebrated at midfield after collecting a championship trophy. But this one mattered the most after the Sixers defeated Muncie Post 19 6-5 to claim the Cicero Regional championship and a berth in the Indiana State Finals (Muncie also advances with Kokomo hosting state).

After cruising into the championship game with victories over Richmond Post 65 (11-2) and Muncie (19-5) in the four-team field, the Sixers battled Mother Nature and Muncie for the come-from-behind victory. Kokomo struck first with two runs in the bottom of the third inning as Colby Malson ripped a two-run single to score Jarod Smith and Caleb Maddox.

A five-run sixth put Muncie up 5-2 to set up the comeback. In the bottom of the seventh, Maddox sent a shot to the wall for a double, scoring Perry McCullum and Jesse Johnson. Following a pitching change, Tim Blankenberger singled to score Maddox and Will Harris put the Sixers in the lead with an RBI double. With a 6-5 lead going into the bottom of the eighth, Kokomo had to wait out a rain delay before Baylee Young could retire Muncie in the ninth to claim the programs third consecutive regional title and 15th overall.

Earlier this season, Kokomo won the Floyds Knob Tournament, the Bristol Invitational Tournament, the Plymouth Patriot Invitational wood bat tourney and the Kokomo Pre-Regional Tournament.

Next up, Kokomo will host the Indiana State Finals at Municipal Stadium from July 22-26. It marks the eighth time the City of Firsts has hosted the finals, but first since 1996. This marks the Sixers 19th state finals appearance and the third time they have made three straight trips (1974-1976 and 1981-1983). Kokomo (29-6) is seeking its fourth state championship and first since 1982. Kokomo’s other regional titles came in 1932, 1935, 1946, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1983, 2001, 2014 and 2015.

 

AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL

INDIANA STATE FINALS

At Kokomo Municipal Stadium

 

Participating teams

Rockport Post 254

Terre Haute Post 346

Muncie Post 19

Newburgh Post 44

Lafayette Post 11

Floyds Knob Post 42

Plymouth Post 27

Kokomo Post 6

 

Friday, July 22 (opening round)

1. 9 a.m. – Rockport vs Terre Haute

2. 12:30 – Lafayette vs Floyds Knob

3. 4:00 – Muncie vs Newburgh

4. 7:30 – Plymouth vs Kokomo

Saturday, July 23 (second round)

5. 9 a.m. – Loser 1 vs Loser 3

6. 12:30 – Loser 2 vs Loser 4

7. 4:00 – Winner 1 vs Winner 3

8. 7:30 – Winner 2 vs Winner 4

Sunday, July 24 (quarterfinals)

9. 12:30 – Winner 6 vs Loser 7

10. 4:00 – Winner 5 vs Loser 8

11. 7:30 – Winner 7 vs Winner 8

Monday, July 25 (semifinals)

12. 3:00 – Winner 9 vs Loser 11

13. 7:00 – Winner 10 vs Winner 11

Tuesday, July 26 (championship round)

14. 11:00 – Winner 12 vs Winner 13

15. Following – if neccessary