Northwestern products Ben Harris and Tanner Pipenger carried the pitching load for the Kokomo Post 6 baseball squad in a victory Wednesday night. They combined on a five-hit shutout of Lafayette in a 4-0 Kokomo victory at CFD Investments Stadium in Highland Park.
Harris threw the opening five innings for the win, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out eight. He left with a 3-0 lead and Pipenger made sure it held up with four innings of relief for the save. Pipenger gave up three hits and no walks with two strikeouts.
Kokomo took the lead with a run in the first, then scored twice in the bottom of the fifth to strengthen its grip on the game. Payton McClain opened the bottom of the fifth with a triple and Noah Hurlock followed with another triple, then Hurlock scored on Pat Mills' RBI groundout. Hurlock finished 3 for 3 with two runs batted in. McClain also walked, got hit by a pitch and scored three times.
"Just a really good game all the way around," Kokomo coach Don Andrews said. "Lafayette is legit, they're a very good team and we just outhit them. Their pitching was good, but our was just a little bit better. Noah had about three super defensive plays at shortstop. He just had a great game all the way around."
The Sixers are next in action on Saturday at home in a senior-junior doubleheader vs. Clay County. The senior matchup opens the action at 1 p.m. with the junior game to follow.