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).