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Niners split four games at Kokomo tournament
Courier Sports Staff
Monday, June 24, 2013 11:00 AM
Madison American Legion Post 9 split its four games in the Kokomo Baseball Tournament over the weekend.
On Saturday, the Niners defeated Greentown Post 317, 12-4, and then knocked off Crawfordsville Post 72, 3-2.
On Sunday, Madison lost both of its games against Kokomo Post 6. The Niners fell 7-6 to the junior team and 8-6 to the senior team.
Despite the two losses on Sunday, Madison manager Tim Armstrong was pleased with his team's progress.
"I think the guys grew up a little this weekend," Armstrong said. "We don't have the funding and resources of the other teams, but the guys had a good weekend."
Scottsburg's Trevor Tutterow went all seven innings in the win over Greentown. He threw only 87 pitches in the game, one of his strongest outings of the season.
Austin's Aaron McIntosh equaled Tutterow with a complete-game effort in the game two win, throwing only 105 pitches. McIntosh also had the winning hit in the bottom of the seventh inning.
"Tutterow looked pretty good and even pitched (Sunday) in Indianapolis in a showcase," Armstrong said. "McIntosh has a pretty good arm and is pitching well. He was ahead on 16 of the 20 batters he faced. He threw exceptionally well."
Madison didn't perform as well on Sunday. The Niners had a 6-1 lead on the Kokomo juniors before falling 7-6. Southwestern's Darius Whitson-Spegal nearly won the game in the bottom of the seventh with what would have been a three-run home run, but was robbed on a catch at the fence.
The Niners trailed the Kokomo seniors 5-1 but stayed close and eventually lost by only two runs.
"The junior team was pretty decent. I think we took them lightly. We kind of laid down in that game," Armstrong said. "We had the tying runs on base in the seventh against the seniors but had the final out thrown out at the plate.
"Overall we played pretty well. I just wish we had the resources to play four or five of these tournaments instead of just one," he added.
Madison, now 5-7 on the season, plays at Batesville Post 271 today and at Floyd Knobs Post 42 on Tuesday before hosting Moores Hill Post 209 on Thursday.
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