The Kokomo Post 6 baseball squad beat South Haven 6-2 and dropped a 9-8 contest to Circleville, Ohio, Thursday in the Sixers’ Fourth of July Tournament at CFD Investments Stadium at Highland Park. Kokomo plays Franklin at 5 p.m. today at Highland Park to finish pool play.

Against South Haven, Kokomo got on the board instantly with a pair of runs in the top of the first on a two-run single by Tucker Platt. Tanner Pipenger plated a run with a ground out in the second inning and Kokomo scored twice more in the third for a 5-0 lead. Platt added an RBI single in the fifth.

Pat Mills singled and tripled for Kokomo, Braden Ripplinger singed and doubled, and Michael Ewing and Gavin Eaker each doubled.

Sixer starter Daniel Wright had an effective outing in the win. He threw the first five innings with no runs, two hits, three walks and seven strikeouts.

Kokomo dropped the second game when Circleville rallied for nine runs in the top of the sixth to take a 9-7 lead. Kokomo scored a run in the bottom of the frame but the game ended after six innings due to the time limit. Reliever A.J. Hobson took the loss.

Eithan Guire hit a grand slam in Kokomo’s six-run first inning and later had a single. Noah Hurlock doubled and homered, and Pat Mills hit a two-run double.

“We played really well the first game and came out and knocked the ball around the second game,” Kokomo coach Don Andrews said. “That Circleville team, they’re good, that’s why they’re on our schedule. Not sure if we ran out of gas, but to give up nine runs in the sixth inning is just not how we play.”

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