Archive for July 30, 2014

SUPER SIXERS: KOKOMO POST 6 AT THE INDIANA AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL STATE FINALS

Isaac Turner Walkoff

INDIANA LEGION STATE FINALS IN PLYMOUTH

Tuesday, July 29 (Opening Night)

Game 1: Rockport 254 (7) vs. Remington 280 (1)

Game 2: Mishawaka 161 (0) vs. Newburgh 44 (9)

Game 3: Floyds Knobs 42 (3) vs. Terre Haute 346 (4)

Game 4: Kokomo 6 (9) vs. Plymouth 27 (7)

Wednesday, July 30

Game 5: Remington 280 (3) vs Floyds Knob 42 (4)

Game 6: Mishawaka 161 (7) vs Plymouth 27 (8)

Game 7: Rockport 254  (1) vs Terre Haute 346 (2)

Game 8: Newburgh 44 (7) vs Kokomo 6 (2)

Thursday, July 31

Game 9: Plymouth 27 (5) vs. Rockport 254 (8)

Game 10: Floyds Knob 42 (10) vs. Kokomo 6 (12)

Game 11: Terre Haute 346 (9) vs. Newburgh 44 (10)

Friday, Aug. 1.

Game 12: Kokomo 6 (4) vs Terre Haute 346 (3)

Game 13: Rockport 254 (2) vs. Newburgh 44 (3)

Saturday, Aug. 2 (Championship Game)

Game 14: Kokomo Post 6 (4) vs. Newburgh 44 (5)

SIXERS FALL IN TITLE BOUT

Posted: August 2, 2014 6:00 p.m.

PLYMOUTH, Ind. - The Kokomo Post 6 baseball team fell to Newburgh Post 44 5-4 in the championship game of the Indiana American Legion Baseball Tournament. For more on the Sixers season, read the Aug. 5 edition of the Sports Journal.

SIXERS HEAD TO CHAMPIONSHIP SATURDAY

Posted: August 1, 2014 7:30 p.m.

PLYMOUTH, Ind. - The Kokomo Post 6 baseball team continued on its quest for an Indiana American Legion state championship by knocking off Terre Haute Post 46 in a state semi-final game, 4-3.

Nathan Kirk picked up the win, pitching six innings. Josh Jansen entered in the sixth and earned the save.

Terre Haute scored two runs in the second inning to take an early lead, and added a third in the fifth inning. They held a 3-0 lead going into the bottom of the fourth when Kokomo's bats erupted for four runs. Nathan Blevins led things off with a single and S.A. Dunn walked. Ty Goudy then ripped a two-run single, followed by Evan Warden's second double of the game to knot the score at three. Isaac Turner hit a long fly out to the base of the center field fence to advance Warden, who scored when Logan Macaluso reached first on an error to give the Sixers a 4-3 lead.

Kokomo had a scare in the bottom of the ninth. Still leading 4-3, Jansen walked the first and third batters and Terre Haute had runners on first and third with two out. But they could not put get the runners home and Post 6 celebrated the win.

SIXERS BACK TO WINNING WAYS THANKS TO BATS

Posted: July 31, 2014 8:30 p.m.

PLYMOUTH, Ind. - A day after scoring just two runs in a tough loss, the Sixers returned to its winning ways with a 12-10 slugfest victory over Floyds Knob Post 42. Drew Bellus picked up the win for Kokomo, pitching into the sixth inning before Josh Jansen closed out the contest to earn the save.

Kokomo jumped on the board in the first inning on an RBI single from Evan Warden and a two-run home run off the red-hot bat of Isaac Turner - his third dinger of the state finals. It was 8-0 after two innings as Tyler Goudy ripped an RBI single, Logan Macaluso walked with the bases juiced for an RBI and Nathan Pflugh knocked a run home with a single.

Floyds Knob scratched the scoreboard in the bottom of the second with a four-run outburst, but Kokomo counted in the top of the third on a Turner RBI (his ninth in three games of the state finals). Post 6 stretched its lead to 10-4 in the fourth thanks to a Keagan Downey home run and 11-4 in the fifth on a Macaluso sacrifice fly.

After Floyds Knob scored a run in the fifth and three in the sixth to cut the lead to 11-8, Cory Shrock ripped an RBI single to close out the Sixers scoring in the top of the eighth. Jansen then pitched out of a jam in the bottom of the ninth to give Kokomo the win.

Kokomo improves to 28-6 and the win advances the squad to the Final Four for the first time since 2001.

SIXERS FALL TO NEWBURGH

Posted: July 30, 2014 11:48 p.m.

PLYMOUTH, Ind. - The Sixers fell in its second game of the tourney, losing to Newburgh Post 44 7-2. Evan Warden took the loss, giving up all seven runs (four earned) in 7 1/3 innings of work - he also struck out 12 with a sensational curveball.

Warden led the offense with a solo home run to lead off the fourth inning. Isaac Turner scored the other Post 6 run, scoring on an error after reaching first on a base hit. Turner was the only Sixer with multiple hits in Kokomo's eight-hit attack.

ISAAC TURNER SHOCKS PLYMOUTH WITH 2-HR GAME, INCLUDING WALK-OFF

BY DEAN HOCKNEY

Posted: July 29, 2014 11:30 p.m.

PLYMOUTH, Ind. – Returning to the state American Legion baseball stage for the first time in 13 years, Austin Weaver and Isaac Turner turned in performances they will not soon forget as Kokomo Post 6 won its first state finals game since 2001 with a 9-7 win over Plymouth Post 27 at Bill Nixon Field. With Weaver retiring 13 of the last 14 Spyders hitters, Turner had the game of his life, capping it with a walk-off, no doubt, two-run home run to advance the Sixers in the winners bracket.

Kokomo (27-5) started slow, giving up four unearned runs in the second inning on a pair of infield errors. Weaver dug the hole a little deeper in the fourth, giving up a pair of runs on a two-out double by Tyler LaFollette. Kokomo finally scratched the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth after Evan Warden lead-off the inning with a single and Turner launched a two-run home run over the left-center field fence.

Plymouth scored another two-out run in the fifth on a Peter Shepherd double to score Nick Prittis. But that would be it for the Spyders bats as Weaver found his groove and gave up one lonely single over the final 14 hitters.

After Post 6 scored a run in the sixth on a Josh Jansen sacrifice fly, they closed the gap in the seventh. Tyler Goudy singled, Warden walked and Turner ripped a shot to the fence for a bases-clearing triple.

With no runs scored in the eighth from either side, Kokomo trailed 7-5 heading into the bottom of the ninth with its 1-2-3 hitters due up. Lead-off batter S.A. Dunn started things off with a single, then easily stole second. Goudy walked, and with Warden at the plate, Dunn stole third to put runners at the corners. Warden followed with a sharp base hit to score Dunn and an already-running Goudy to tie the game – he then advanced to second with the winning run when the left fielder bobbled the ball. With first base open, Plymouth elected to pitch to the red-hot Turner, and on the first pitch, the Anderson University-bound center fielder made them pay with a long, walk off home run.

Weaver improved to 9-0 on the season with a complete game victory. He gave up seven runs (three earned) on nine hits.

Turner finished with a career night: six RBI’s on a pair of home runs and a triple. He also walked and scored twice. Warden scored four runs on a pair of hits. And Dunn ripped a triple to go along with two single and a runs scored.

SUPER SIXERS: KOKOMO POST 6 EARNS FIRST INDIANA LEGION STATE FINALS BERTH SINCE 2001

Kokomo Post 6

BY DEAN HOCKNEY

KOKOMO, Ind. - For the first time since 2001, the Kokomo Post 6 baseball team will return to the Indiana American Legion State Finals after cruising through the four-team Indiana Regional No. 3 at Centerville High School. The Sixers (26-5) will play for its third Indiana state championship this week at Bill Nixon Field in Plymouth.

“They are just the most fun group, top to bottom, that I have ever coached,” said Post 6 manager Don Andrews. “The players play very relaxed.”

The Sixers advances to the state finals following a 12-5 win over Richmond Post 65 in the title clash. Drew Bellus picked up the win, throwing five-hit ball through the first six innings. Justin Blevens led the offensive attack with a pair of singles, a home run and five RBIs. Keagan Downey nearly hit for the cycle, ending with a single, double and a triple. Nathan Pflugh popped two singles and a double while S.A. Dunn and Isaac Turner each had two singles.

“Our team on-base percentage for the year is .478,” said Andrews, who noted the squads six through nine hitters accounted for 11 RBIs in the win. “We should be able to score runs with that. Then it is easier for our pitchers to pitch with the lead and no pressure on our defense.”

Post 6 opened regional play with an 11-2 win over Cicero Post 34, thanks to a solid pitching performance by Austin Weaver, who improved to 8-0 on the season. Weaver struck out six in six innings of work and gave up just one earned run. Dunn had three singles and a double to pace the hit parade. Logan Macaluso and Pflugh had two singles each and Downey had a double. Evan Warden and Blevens each had a two-run single.

Game two saw Kokomo knocked off Richmond 9-1 as Warden struck out 11 hitters in six innings of shutout work to record the win. Macaluso had two singles and a triple, Tyler Goudy and Isaac Turner had a single and double each and Downey knocked in a pair of runs.

“Probably the most important thing from this weekend was our approach at the plate,” said Andrews. “We do a very good job of taking what the opposing pitcher gives us. We had 40 hits in three games, but also had 21 bases on balls.”

Kokomo (state championships in 1972, 1976 and 1982) will open its bid for a fourth state title in the final game of opening day on July 29 when it plays host Plymouth Post 27 at 7:30 p.m. Rockport Post 254 plays Remington Post 280 in the tourney opener at 9:30 a.m. Game two features Mishawaka Post 161 against Newburgh Post 44 at 12:30 p.m. while Floyds Knob Post 42 will battle perineal favorite and 12-time state champion Terre Haute Post 346 at 4:30 p.m.

The winner of the Indiana state finals will travel to the eight-team Great Lakes Regional in Terre Haute the following week. Terre Haute receives an automatic bid to the regional, so if they win the state title the runner-up team would advance.

INDIANA AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL STATE TOURNAMENT PAIRINGS

Tuesday, July 29

Game 1: Rockport 254 (7) vs. Remington 280 (1)

Game 2: Mishawaka 161 vs. Newburgh 44 (12:30 p.m.)

Game 3: Floyds Knobs 42 vs. Terre Haute 346 (4:30 p.m.)

Game 4: Kokomo 6 vs. Plymouth 27 (7:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, July 30

Game 5: Loser game 5 vs. Remington Post 280 (9:30 a.m.)

Game 6: Loser game 2 vs. loser game 4 (12:30 p.m.)

Game 7: Rockport 254 vs. winner game 3 (4:30 p.m.)

Game 8: Winner game 2 vs. winner game 4 (7:30 p.m.)

Thursday, July 31

Game 9: Winner game 6 vs. loser game 7 (12:30 p.m.)

Game 10: Winner game 5 vs. loser Game 8 (4:30 p.m.)

Game 11: Winner game 7 vs. winner game 8 (7:30 p.m.)

Friday, Aug. 1

Game 12: Winner game 9 vs. loser game 11 (1 p.m.)

Game 13: Winner game 10 vs. winner game 11 (7 p.m.)

 

Saturday, Aug. 2 (Championship Game)

Game 14: Winner game 12 vs. winner game 13 (1 p.m.)

Game 15: If necessary (7 p.m.)

 

AMERICAN LEGION JUNIOR SIXERS WIN REGIONAL, ADVANCE TO STATE FINALS IN KOKOMO

Junior Legion Regional Champs 2

BY DEAN HOCKNEY

KOKOMO, Ind. - The Kokomo American Legion Post 6 junior baseball team recently captured the Kokomo Regional in the Indiana Junior District Tournament at cfd Investments Stadium in Highland Park. The Sixers won in dramatic fashion, winning three straight elimination games in one day to earn the title trophy. The win sends the squad to the Indiana Junior State Finals, which will be held in Kokomo beginning on July 25.

“Winning three games in a day is difficult, but we were up to the task of winning back-to-back-to-back games,” said head coach Dan Armstrong. “It is always good to win championships. We look forward to the state championship starting on Thursday night.”

In the championship game, Post 6 defeated Valparaiso 15-1 to claim the title. Quinlan Armstrong pitched a five-inning complete game one-hitter to earn the win while giving up no earned runs. Armstrong also led the hitting attack, ripping a double, two singles and scoring three runs. Ian Parslow had a double and single and scored three times. Keyon Washington had a pair of doubles and three RBIs, Will Harris scored three runs, Jesse Johnson had a pair of RBIs and Colby Malson had two singles.

Post 6 advanced to the title game after a 3-2 win over Valparaiso. Brayton Woolley threw a complete game three-hitter to earn the win. Armstrong had a pair of singles and an RBI to lead the offense. Chase Pearce had a double and scored a run while Skyler Ramberger had two singles.

The junior Sixers started the tournament on a sour note, losing to Bristol in a 3-2 pitchers duel. Pearce took the hard-luck complete game loss but added a pair of singles on offense. Malson and Parslow added a single each and Harris and Ramberger had RBI sacrifice flies.

“We did it the hard way by losing on Friday night in a tough ball game with Bristol,” said Armstrong. “But we came back on Saturday needing to win three games that day to win the tournament and did so against a very good Bristol team and a very feisty Valparaiso team who we had to beat twice. We received outstanding pitching in the tournament with timely hitting with runners in scoring position.”

In game two of the tourney, Post 6 avenged its loss with a 16-9 win over Bristol. Malson earned the win while Parslow picked up a save. Armstrong had a stellar game, ripping two doubles and a single while scoring two runs and accounting for four RBIs. Harris had three hits, including a double and home run, while scoring twice and knocking home four runs. Parslow had two singles, scored twice and had three RBIs. Skyler Ramberger had two RBIs and Pearce had a single, double and two runs scored.

The Post 6 junior squad opens state finals play at 7:30 p.m. on July 25 against Rockport at cfd Investments Stadium. Game one features Terre Haute versus Evansville at 5 p.m. The double-elimination, four-team tournament has games at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on July 26 with the championship game slated for July 27 at 1 p.m. (second game will follow if necessary).