The Kokomo Post 6 baseball squad beat Muncie 7-4 Saturday afternoon to reach the semifinal round of the Sixers' 4th of July Tournament.

The Sixers (12-6) face Lafayette today at 9:30 a.m. at CFD Investments Stadium in Highland Park. The other semifinal pits South Haven vs. Circleville, Ohio, at noon. The championship is slated for 2:30 p.m.

Against Muncie, Kokomo's Noah Hurlock doubled, homered and knocked in two runs. Braden Ripplinger went 3 for 3 with three singles. Michael Ewing singled, doubled and knocked in a run. Ethan Denny had two singles and Brady Loveless a double.

Nolan Buckner had an effective start for the Sixers, throwing the first 3 1/3 innings with no runs, one hit, four walks and five strikeouts. Adam Barber threw the last two innings for the save. He finished with one hit, two walks, no runs and five strikeouts.

"We had another great game. This is two games in a row without a defensive error," Kokomo skipper Don Andrews said. "We hit the ball better than what we have been. We ended up with 12 hits. Hopefully that puts us in a good position for [this] morning."

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