Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

July 6, 2013

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---- — Sixers win twoin 4th of July tourney

PLYMOUTH — Kokomo Post 6 took two wins Friday in the Fourth of July Patriot Tournament. Playing at Ancilla College, the Sixers opened with a 4-3 victory over Valparaiso Post 94. The teams were tied at 3-all through five innings before Post 6 plated the winner in the bottom of the sixth.

Jake McMain knocked in the winning run with a single to score Cody Shipley. Shipley then took care of business on the mound, finishing the game for the victory. The relief pitcher had three strikeouts and gave up no walks or hits in two shutout frames. Eli Grimes added two singles for the Sixer offense.

“First game was just a real tight game,” Kokomo coach Don Andrews said. “We played very well, we hit the ball well and like always we played good defense. We pitched well also.”

Kokomo won 6-2 over Bristol Post 143 to close pool play. Starting pitcher Conner Milligan had a strong outing. He had five strikeouts, three walks, four hits and one run (earned) in a six-inning stint.

Milligan and Logan Barnes provided the bulk of the offense. Each had a two-run double and a single. The Sixers built a 6-0 lead through the top half of the sixth before Bristol finally got on the board.

“In the second game, again, just good overall play,” Andrews said. “We pounded out 10 hits, which is good with wooden bats, and Conner just pitched an amazing game, and we did not commit an error. Just good baseball all around. Hope to keep it up for the rest of the weekend.”

Kokomo (12-9) plays Mishawaka Post 161 at 2 p.m. today at Plymouth High School’s Bill Nixon Field. The loser plays a consolation game later today. The winner advances to Sunday’s action.

Pacers cut 4 fromsummer league roster

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Pacers trimmed their summer league roster Friday, cutting four players and losing a fifth to another team.

Indiana announced it had released guards Austin Freeman, Steven Gray and Travis Releford. The Pacers also cut forward Ron Howard.

Forward-center Chris Daniels left camp to join another team, and to replace his spot on the roster, Indiana signed 6-foot-4 guard Andrew Sharpless from Elizabeth City State.

AP Source: McRobertsto stay with Bobcats

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Free agent forward Josh McRoberts has agreed to a two-year, $5.5 million deal to remain with the Charlotte Bobcats, said a person familiar with the situation.

The person spoke to The Associated Press Friday on condition of anonymity because the deal has not yet been made official. Free agent signings cannot be announced until July 10, according to NBA rules.

The person said the second year of the deal includes a player option.

Indiana native and former Pacer McRoberts outperformed expectations last season after being acquired from the Orlando Magic.

McRoberts wound up starting 19 games and averaged 9.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game in 26 total contests for Charlotte. He also shot a career-best 50.5 percent from the field.

Every takes lead,Lefty misses cut

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Matt Every shot an 8-under 62 on Friday for a one-stroke lead over five other players midway through the Greenbrier Classic.

Every needed just 26 putts during his best round of the year and is at 9 under for the tournament on the Old White TPC course

One stroke behind him at 8 under are Russell Henley (65), Bill Lunde (66), Daniel Summerhays (67), Steven Bowditch (67) and first-round co-leader Johnson Wagner (70).

Because 81 players made the cut Friday at 1 under, there will be a 54-hole cut to get to the top 70 scores, plus ties. Phil Mickelson is already assured of getting the weekend off. He shot 68 on Friday and finished at 2 over.