Kokomo baseball tops Marion in extra innings
MARION — Kokomo scored a pair of runs in the eighth inning, then held off host Marion to win 5-4 Friday night in North Central Conference baseball action.
Bo Baker scored on a past ball in the eighth, and David Partida later scored on an RBI single by Cory Shrock.
Dustin Gamblin picked up the win in relief, working scoreless sixth and seventh innings on four hits and no walks. He fanned one.
Gamblin started the eighth but exited in favor of Isaac Turner, who worked the rest of the eighth to pick up the save. He finished off one complete inning by surrendering one unearned run on one hit and no walks. He struck out one.
Adam Bartholomew drew the start and allowed three earned runs in five innings of work. He allowed four hits, walked four, and struck out eight.
Bo Baker belted a two-run home run to put Kokomo (11-9, 4-3 NCC) up 2-0 in the fourth. Baker scored on a past ball in the fifth, before the Giants score a pair of runs in the bottom half to tie the game at 3-3, where it stood headed into extra innings.
Colin Ruch added a single and scored a run for the Wildkats.
“It’s tough to win games like this in brutal conditions and I’m proud of the kids,” Kokomo coach Tim Weeks said. “The playing field was not in good shape and the mound was horrible. There was a cold rain the entire game, but the kids gutted it out. Bo gave us a big lift and played sick, and Cory came in and gave us a big insurance run. I’m proud of how Dustin came in and did a nice job bridging the gap, and Isaac came in and closed it out.”