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July 20, 2013

Post 6 splits in sectional action to advance

Sixers take top seed after Richmond forfeits second contest.

The Kokomo Post 6 American Legion baseball sectional continues to become more and more bizarre as the days go by.

After holding off Greentown Post 317 12-10 Thursday night in a game that featured 19 walks and four hit batsmen, the Sixers split a pair of games Friday to ensure themselves a spot in next week’s Legion Regional in Plymouth.

Post 6 fell to Richmond Post 65 10-3 in Friday’s first game at CFD Investments Stadium before bouncing back to beat Post 317 for the second time in as many days, 13-7.

Richmond and Kokomo were supposed to play today to decide the sectional’s champion and top seed for the regional, but Richmond forfeited both of Saturday’s potential contests, giving Post 6 the sectional’s top seed in the regional round.

“Richmond preferred not to drive another 100 miles and play the game knowing they already qualified for the regional,” Post 6 manager Don Andrews said. “As a coach, I don’t like that. I think it sets them up for failure. So that gives us the top seed, meaning we will play the No. 2 seed from the Plymouth Sectional. It sets up nice for us, but I don’t like the way it’s been handled.”

In Friday’s first game, Richmond (19-7) scored four runs in the first and two more in the second to put Post 6 behind early.

Starting pitcher Conner Milligan helped his own cause with an RBI single in the top of the first, but the Sixers (17-14) never recovered from the early deficit. Drew Bellus belted an RBI double in the sixth for Post 6, while Isaac Turner singled with one-out in the eighth and later scored on Jesse Broomfield’s single.

Bellus and Nathan Kirk both had two hits in the loss for Kokomo.

In the nightcap, Kokomo clinched a spot in the regional round with a 13-7 win over Greentown (2-12).

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