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.

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