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

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