In the nightcap, the Raiders broke the game open with a six-run fourth.
“In the first game, it was nice to battle back and play well,” Kokomo coach Tim Weeks said. “Bartholomew did a nice job on the hill, and Partida came in and did a nice job as well, and wound up getting the win. The kids never quit. In the second game, we played a lot of kids who hadn’t gotten a lot of playing time, and it was nice to see them get a chance, but Harrison bounced back and got us.”
EASTERN 8, NORTH MIAMI 2
The Comets got their offense in gear in the late stages of Saturday’s game in Denver, and Braden Gibson was able to hold the Warriors down despite six walks.
Gibson worked 4 1/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on two hits while striking out five. Taylor Shallenberger worked the final 2 2/3 scoreless on three hits and a pair of strikeouts.
Austin Chase got Eastern (3-1) on the board in the fourth with a solo home run. Blaine Dahl added a two-RBI double later in the frame.
Matt Simmerman stroked an RBI double in the fifth and later scored on a passed ball.
Cree Johnston connected for a two-RBI single in the seventh, and also motored home on a passed ball.
Simmerman and Dahl both finished the day with three hits.
“Braden came out and struggled the first inning with three walks, but he kind of settled down and got in the groove, and got us 4 1/3 quality innings,” Eastern coach Nick Sale said. “Shallenberger got us out of a jam with two on in the fifth. We got some timely hits and Austin had the big homer. It was a collective team effort, and I couldn’t be happier with the kids right now.”