KOKOMO POST 6 FINISHES FIFTH AT INDIANA AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL STATE TOURNAMENT

Quinlan Armstrong makes a nice play for Kokomo Post 6 at the Indiana American Legion baseball state finals.

Quinlan Armstrong makes a nice play for Kokomo Post 6 at the Indiana American Legion baseball state finals.

BY DEAN HOCKNEY

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – One year ago, the Kokomo Post 6 baseball team returned to the Indiana American Legion State Finals for the first time since 2001 – ending a 13-year absence from the state scene. This year, Kokomo showed it once again was a state power after winning its second consecutive regional to advance to the state finals in back-to-back years for the first time since 1978-1979. Unfortunately, one year after ending its season as state runners-up, the Sixers fell in the quarterfinals to end its season fifth in the state.

But when Kokomo Post 6 looks back at its run in the state finals, one inning will stand out – a disastrous eighth inning in its opening game. Leading 5-2, Kokomo looked to be on cruise control to round two of the winner’s bracket when Floyd’s Knob Post 42 erupted for three long home runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to snatch the lead away from the Sixers. While Kokomo did tie the game in the top of the ninth to send the contest into extra innings, the damage may have been done to the Sixers confidence.

Kokomo would eventually lose the opening game 7-6 in 12 innings, and after downing Plymouth Post 27 in an easy 12-1 contest, they dropped out of the tournament with an 8-5 loss in an elimination game to host Terre Haute Post 346 the following day.

After a 25-10 campaign this year, the Sixers end a two-year state finals run with an overall record of 54-17 and a pair of regional titles. And while a fourth state title alluded the Sixers, the program appears to be headed in the right direction under manager Don Andrews.

AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL

INDIANA SENIOR STATE TOURNAMENT

At Terre Haute North High School

 

Participating teams (records entering finals)

Floyd’s Knob Post #42 (17-6)

Kokomo Post #6 (24-8)

Muncie Post #19 (unknown)

Newburgh Post #44 (26-7)

Plymouth Post #27 (18-14)

Rockport Post #254 (15-1)

Rockville Post #48 (6-8)

Terre Haute Post #346 (28-6)

 

Friday, July 24 (opening round)

1. Rockport (7) def. Plymouth (3) 15 inn.

2. Newburgh (12) def. Muncie (2) 8 inn.

3. Floyd’s Knob (7) def. KOKOMO (6) 12 inn.

4. Terre Haute (11) def. Rockville (1)

Saturday, July 25

5. KOKOMO (12) def. Plymouth (1) – elimination

6. Muncie (17) def. Rockville (5) – elimination

7. Rockport (12) def. Floyd’s Knob (7)

8. Newburgh def. Terre Haute (score unavailable)

Sunday, July 26

9. Floyd’s Knob (6) def. Muncie (2) – elimination

10. Terre Haute (8) def. KOKOMO (5) – elimination

11. Rockport (14) def. Newburgh (5)

Monday, July 27 (semifinals)

12. Floyd’s Knob (3) def. Newburgh (2) -elimination

13. Rockport (7) def. Terre Haute (6) – elimination

Tuesday, July 28 (championship game)

14. Rockport (13) def. Floyd’s Knob (12)

Rockport Post 254 (20-1) wins Indiana American Legion Baseball state championship for eighth time.

REGIONAL CHAMPS: RED HOT ISAAC TURNER LEADS POST 6 BACK TO STATE FINALS

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BY DEAN HOCKNEY

LAFAYETTE, Ind. – While the rain largely missed Kokomo over the weekend, it swamped Tippecanoe County and the American Legion baseball regional at Loeb Field in Lafayette. But after several delays, the “Super Sixers” of Kokomo Post 6 did something the program hasn’t accomplished since 1978-1979 – win back-to-back regional titles. Post 6 downed Crawfordsville Post 72 in a nail-biting 11-8 thriller Monday night for its 14th overall regional crown.

Colby Malson pitched a solid championship game, holding Crawfordsville hitless through five innings to earn the victory.

Isaac Turner – a hero a year ago at the state finals in Plymouth – had a phenomenal regional tourney. In the title game, he got the Sixers rolling early with a first inning double to score two runs. In the third inning, he reached on an error and scored after stealing second. Turner then had an RBI single in the fourth inning to score S.A. Dunn, an RBI double to score Dunn in the sixth and a 3-run double in the seventh. He finished the championship game 4 for 5 with three doubles and seven RBIs!

For the regional, Turner was as hot as any American Legion player in the United States: he finished 10 for 14 with five doubles and 11 RBIs. Not a bad four-game series for the Anderson University sophomore.

The Sixers head to Terre Haute North High School for a first-round contest on Friday at approximately 4:30 p.m. The state finals schedule was not finalized at press time, but the Sports Journal

will post it online when it becomes available. Kokomo is the defending state runners-up and are looking for the programs fourth state championship (1972, 1976, 1982).

AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL

INDIANA SENIOR STATE TOURNAMENT

At Terre Haute North High School

Participating teams

Floyd’s Knob Post #42 (17-6)

Kokomo Post #6 (24-8)

Muncie Post #19 (unknown)

Newburgh Post #44 (26-7)

Plymouth Post #27 (18-14)

Rockport Post #254 (15-1)

Rockville Post #48 (6-8)

Terre Haute Post #346 (28-6)

Friday, July 24 (opening round)

1. Rockport (7) def. Plymouth (3) 15 inn.

2. Newburgh (12) def. Muncie (2) 8 inn.

3. Floyd’s Knob (7) def. KOKOMO (6) 12 inn.

4. Terre Haute (11) def. Rockville (1)

Saturday, July 25

5. KOKOMO (12) def. Plymouth (1) – elimination

6. Muncie (17) def. Rockville (5) – elimination

7. Rockport (12) def. Floyd’s Knob (7)

8. Newburgh def. Terre Haute (score unavailable)

Sunday, July 26

9. Floyd’s Knob (6) def. Muncie (2) – elimination

10. Terre Haute (8) def. KOKOMO (5) – elimination

11. Rockport (14) def. Newburgh (5)

Monday, July 27 (Semifinals)

12. Floyd’s Knob (3) def. Newburgh (2) -elimination

13. Rockport (7) def. Terre Haute (6) – elimination

Tuesday, July 28 (championship game)

14. 1:00 p.m. – Floyd’s Knob (must win twice) vs Rockport

15. 7:00 p.m. – If necessary game

NOTE: Legion rules allow for movement of teams starting with Day 4 games, so brackets may not play exactly as stated.

FAIR WEEK: HOWARD COUNTY 4-H FAIR HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

Photo courtesy of Howard County 4-H Fair

Photo courtesy of Howard County 4-H Fair

BY DEAN HOCKNEY

Courtesy of the Kokomo Herald

GREENTOWN, Ind. – One of the largest local events of the year takes place each July in Greentown – the Howard County 4-H Fair. Since 1947, the fair has featured fun, livestock competitions, the crowning of the queen, entertainment and, of course, food. With nearly 145,000 attendees last year, it is one of the largest 4-H fairs in the state and will run from July 13-18 this year.

Once again, history returns to the Armfield-Moyers Round Barn during the Howard County Fair this month in a special exhibit called, “Lessons Through Time.” The Greentown, Russiaville and Howard County Historical Societies – in conjunction with sponsors Ron and Jean Simpson – will present a collection of images representing more than a hundred years of county schools and students.

Visitors will see photographs of schools that no longer exist, learn about some of the challenges facing students in years past, and see examples of how both have changed over the years. A highlight of the exhibit is a large reproduction of a map showing the location of many of the early, small schools scattered throughout the county’s townships. Another featured image is a panoramic photograph of the New London School and all its students from the early 1900’s.

The Round Barn is located near the northeast corner of the fairgrounds north of Pioneer Village. The barn was built in 1909 and is the last remaining round barn in Howard County. It was moved to the fairgrounds in 2011-12.

Also returning to the fair is the popular New Holland Agriculture Country Showdown. For any local country singer who has wanted a shot at fame and fortune, this is the event to enter. Contestants will go head to head competing for the local Howard County title. The local winner will travel on to the state competition ($1,000 prize to the state champ), and from there have the chance to advance to the regional and national levels ($100,000 national champion prize).

The 32nd Annual Country Showdown is America’s largest country music talent show. It’s designed to find the most promising country music talent in the nation and to give those performers a chance to launch their professional music careers. Each night at the Howard County 4H Fair, five performers will sing on stage, vying for a spot in the final night’s championship round.

Entertainment is also a highlight of the fair. On July 16, the popular mop-topped Beatles Remix band returns for one night while Phil Dirt and the Dozers perform on the CHRH South Grandstands the following night. On July 18, country duo Cooke and Belle will perform. The Bengal Tiger Encounter will be featured in the Pioneer Village while the KidBuck$ Game Show (4:30, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. daily) and Granpa Cratchet (4, 6 and 8 p.m.) will entertain the kids each evening. Of course, the midway will be open daily to thrill those daring enough to climb aboard.

In a time honored tradition, reigning Miss Howard County Caitlyn O’Neal will crown a new queen on the South Grandstands stage during competitions to be held on July 13-14.

As always, 4-H is the center-point of the local fair, with dozens of local champions being crowned in competitions from livestock to entomology and fine arts to computer arts. Champions will have the opportunity to enter the Indiana State Fair competition next month. On July 16, the annual 4-H Livestock Auction will take place in the Show Arena at 5:30 p.m.

For those looking for farming attractions, there will be daily features, including an antique tractor parade at 6:30 p.m., wheat threshing demonstrations at 7:30 p.m. and sawmill demonstrations from 5-6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. to closing.

There is also action at the Northwest Grandstand, also known as the race track. On July 13, the WPI-NTPA Tractor Pull will entertain the crowd, motocross racing will take place on July 15, the ITPA Truck Pull will hit the track on July 16 and a demolition derby will crunch cars on July 17.

And don’t forget to visit the Kokomo Herald at their booth in the indoor tennis center building. The Herald will be having a drawing for a chance to win tickets to Indiana Beach and Beef ‘N Boards. For more information on the Howard County 4-H Fair, visit www.howardcofair.com.