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Post 72 gets revenge with 21-4 rout of Kokomo

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LINDEN — Just a week ago American Legion Byron Cox Post 72 made the trip to Kokomo for a battle with Kokomo Post 6. An 11-run fifth inning saw Post 6 run away with an 18-5 win over Post 72. Tuesday night Post 72 had the chance at redemption as Kokomo made the trip to Linden for a re-match with the Crawfordsville Post and Post 72 took full advantage of the opportunity as they would rout Kokomo by a 21-4 final score in five innings for Post 72’s second win of the season.

Everything went Crawfordsville’s way as they scored eight runs in the first inning and sent 12 total batters to the plate. A three run second inning made the score 11-0 before Post 72 scored another eight runs in the third before capping off the blowout with two runs in the fourth.

Kokomo wouldn’t score their four runs until their last time at the plate in the top of the fifth inning with the game already well in hand.

“We hit the ball a lot better than we did when we played them last week,” Post 72 coach Kyle Proctor said. “We made them make plays by just putting the ball in play and they weren’t able to make them. I think we’re starting to come around a little bit. We have to continue to hit the ball well and limit our own errors. It feels really good to get a win against a good team like that.”

Coming into Tuesday’s matchup, Kokomo had a perfect record of 5-0 on the season and had scored 64 runs in their five wins. Greencastle’s DJ Wells got the start on the mound and despite allowing some Kokomo traffic on the bases, was able to escape a bases loaded jam in the top of the second inning. In two and two-thirds innings Wells allowed just two hits and no runs while striking out one and walking a batter. Lafayette Jeff’s Blake Hodges came in to pitch the final two and a thirds innings of relief and gave up four runs, just two earned while walking a single Kokomo batter.

“When we had runners in scoring position, we were able to get them home, and that made a big difference,” Proctor added. “I was a little concerned how we’d react to scoring eight in the first inning, but we continued to pour it on. On the mound DJ threw against these guys last week and gave up six unearned runs. It was kind of a revenge game for him and gives him confidence going into our tournament this weekend.”

Post 72 tallied 11 total hits in the win led by North Montgomery’s Brookes Walters who ended with three. Clinton Prairie’s Connor Cobb, and Anderson University’s Landon Southern each had a pair of hits while Crawfordsville’s Austin Motz and Kaiden Underwood, North Montgomery’s Jarrod Kirsch, and Seeger’s Nick Turner all had a hit each.

“Hopefully this is the game that kick starts us and plants the seed,” Proctor said. “We’ll see how we do in this tournament coming up. Teams like Lafayette, Terre Haute and these guys will all be there and they’ve all beaten us. There will be a lot of good teams there and we’ll see how we do.”

With the win Post 72 improves to 2-4 on the season. The tournament officially gets underway on Thursday for Post 72 when they will travel to Indiana State University to take on Sullivan. Friday will see Crawfordsville play a pair of games; the first being against Washington at Terre Haute North High School before taking on Danville, IL later that evening at West Vigo.

The weekend schedule for the tournament is still yet to be determined.

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