The Area IV teams, Shelby and the Gaston Braves meet for the North Carolina State Championship of American Legion Baseball in Lexington Tuesday. Gaston is now 3-0 and is in the top position after their 8-1 win in the early game Monday. Shelby is officially 42-2 overall, although they lost to High Point earlier in the tournament, but were credited with a forfeit win after High Point, the Area III champion was disqualified for using an ineligible player. Shelby defeated Defending State Champion the past two years, Wilmington, 4-2 Monday in the last game of the day, ousting the Post Ten team. Wilmington had defeated Wayne County 5-3 earlier in the day in an elimination game. If Gaston wins the first game of the day Tuesday at 12:30PM, they will win the State Championship. If Shelby wins that game, they will have to win again over Gaston in a second game at 5:00PM in order to win the State Title. The winner of the the State Championship will advance to the Southeast Regionals in Asheboro as the North Carolina representative that starts on Thursday August 7th and would open with the Georgia Champions at 4:30PM that day. Randolph County from Area III also gets an automatic berth as the host team in that Tournament and would play the Virginia State champion at 7:30PM that night. The games will be played at Asheboro’s McCrary Park.
The Rowan County Little League’s 10U Softball team won twice in the regional at Clarksville, Tennessee on Monday. Rowan won 8-1 against Georgia in an elimination game and then pounded West Virginia 14-3. West Virginia had handed the Rowan team its only loss in the double elimination tournament in extra innings. Rowan plays that same West Virignia team Tuesday night for the Regional Championship. There is no National Tournament for this age group, so this is as far as the Rowan team can go if they win it. Rowan has won four out of five game in the tournament so far.