Milligan (3-4) went 7 2/3 innings to pick up the win. He allowed four runs on 10 hits and four walks. He fanned five. Bellus came on with two outs in the eighth and pitched the final 1 1/3 innings to pick up the save. He allowed three hits and struck out a pair while walking none.
“Conner threw a great game,” Andrews said. “He’s capable of a good game at any time. His form is not the best in the world and he knows that and will work on it. But when he’s on, he’s on, and we knew that early [Friday] night. He had the 7-8-9 hitters up to start the eighth and I told him he’d face them and then come out regardless because I didn’t want [Highland] to see him five times through the order. He got the No. 8 and No. 9 guys out, and we made the change. They were mentally prepared for it and Drew came in and threw well.”
Highland (19-9) scored two runs in the bottom of the second and tacked on two more in the bottom of the seventh. Post 6 was able to hang on for the one-run win despite not scoring over the course of the game’s final seven innings.
Barnes led the way with a homer, a sac fly and three RBIs. His bomb was the only extra-base hit for the Sixers. Broomfield and Milligan both added three singles to the victory cause, while Justin Blevens added a pair of base knocks for Post 6.
Kokomo will play the winner of Friday’s nightcap between host Post 27 and Bristol Post 143 (25-7) at 10 a.m. today. The winner of today’s 10 a.m. game will advance to the championship round, which will be played on Sunday. The loser of the 10 a.m. game will play again at 4 p.m., facing the winner of the loser’s bracket game between the Game 1 and Game 2 losers.