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July 18, 2013

Sectional showdown

Kokomo, Greentown square off in Legion sectional opener tonight

Kokomo Post 6 American Legion baseball senior manager Don Andrews has an unorthodox way of looking at his team’s 15-13 regular season record.

Too many wins in those 28 games would mean his team didn’t play a tough enough schedule. A lopsided number in the loss column would indicate too rigorous a slate of games. Success, in his mind, isn’t measured in a large number of wins or high winning percentage, necessarily.

“We make it a point to schedule as hard a schedule as we possibly can accomplish, that way when we get to the postseason we’re ready to play against the very best teams,” Andrews said. “… I don’t think our schedule is ever going to be too strong with the talent that we have in the Kokomo area. But we schedule the way we do for a reason, and that’s to get ready for the postseason.”

The Sixers will get their first chance of seeing how the competition prepared them for the postseason in tonight’s American Legion Sectional opener against county foe Greentown Post 317, which enters sectional play with a 2-10 record. First pitch at CFD Investments Stadium in Highland Park is slated for 7 p.m.

Post 6 defeated Post 317 10-0 in both of the teams’ regular season meetings. Andrews was quick to throw those results out the window, feeling they have little meaning now that the postseason is here.

“There’s more at stake,” he said. “We obviously know each other very well. My biggest concern is that our boys are too overconfident, and I talked to them about that at practice [Wednesday] night and will do so again before the game [tonight]. We will stack our lineup just like we would in any sectional or tournament game so that we give ourselves the best chance to win.”

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