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June 23, 2014

Sports briefs for Monday, June 23

Sixers cap tournament with nice victory

The Kokomo Post 6 senior baseball team finished its Summer Classic with a 2-1 record and a second-place finish following an 11-3 victory over Danville, Illinois, Post 210 on Sunday at CFD Investments Stadium in Highland Park.

Nathan Kirk earned the win in the seven-inning game. He started and pitched four innings. He allowed Danville’s three runs (one earned), giving up two hits and one walk. Drew Bellus followed with three innings of no-hit relief. He struck out two and walked one.

Nathan Pflugh and Keagan Downey drove in three runs apiece for Kokomo (7-1 overall). Pflugh had a two-run homer and a run-scoring single. Downey belted a three-run homer, his second round-tripper in as many games. Isaac Turner had two singles.

“We played well,” Post 6 skipper Don Andrews said. “Our defense wasn’t as good as usual, but we hit the ball better. We put up 10 hits, scored 11 runs. The guys were very patient at the pate — we drew 10 bases on balls.

“Our pitching has been very good and it was again [Sunday]. Drew Bellus has been very impressive. He closed all three of our games this weekend.”

Kokomo’s scheduled game against Richmond on Tuesday has been cancelled. Andrews is working to find a replacement opponent for that date.

Edwards earns first road course victory

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Carl Edwards made Roush Fenway Racing the unlikely organization to end Hendrick Motorsports’ five-race winning streak.

Edwards stopped the Hendrick juggernaut with a win Sunday at Sonoma Raceway, the first career victory for Edwards on a road course. The win came a week after Roush was shut out at Michigan, where the organization failed to put a car in the top 10 for the first time since 2000.

Edwards took the lead on a restart with 25 laps remaining and seemed to have the win wrapped up, but Jeff Gordon nearly chased him down on the final lap. Gordon, a five-time Sonoma winner, had one good look at Edwards and couldn’t pull off the pass.

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