Mooresville High School’s baseball team will be among the state’s first to get cranking on its quest towards capturing a championship.
The 4A West Region champion will be among four teams from across the state making their debut in a N.C. High School Athletic Association baseball championship series. Mooresville swept Pfafftown Reagan to claim the West region title in its first appearance.
The Blue Devils, seeded 11th from the West, take on East Region champion Corinth Holders for the 4A title.
The opening game of the best-of-3 series at UNC Greensboro will be played at 5 p.m. Friday.
Admission fees, established by the NCHSAA, vary. A complete series package can be purchased for $20 each. Single entry into games one and three will cost $8 each. Tickets to games two and three will be available for a cost of $12 apiece.
“We’re really looking forward to the experience,” said Jeff Burchett, now in his 21st season as Mooresville head coach. “I gave the guys the Memorial Day holiday weekend off to allow them to savor their season to this point. Now, though, it’s time to get down back to business. It’s a great time for us all. It’s the first time any of us have ever been through something like this. It’s definitely a special time for any and all associated with the baseball program.”
Burchett is a product of the program and is also relishing the experience as a proud father of one of the team’s players. Starting senior shortstop Blake Burchett, a Louisburg College commit, also regularly hits from the team’s leadoff spot in the batting order.
“Wow,” said Burchett. “It really can’t get much better than this. I’m with a program that I played with in high school, and now I’m getting to enjoy this ride with my own son. All the players are special. It’s a great time for the program.”
Game 2 is at 11 a.m. Saturday. Game 3, if necessary, would be 5 p.m. Saturday.
The Blue Devils are 22-9. The Corinth Holders Pirates, of Wendell, are 23-6.
“We may not know much about them,” said Burchett, “but even if we did, we don’t plan on doing anything different on our part. We hope to keep right on doing what we’ve done to get us here.”
Should the baseball team be successful in its bid, it would join the school’s volleyball, boys soccer, boys cross country, boys winter track and field and wrestling programs as those with state titles to their credits.
4A state championship series – At UNC Greensboro
Mooresville vs. Corinth Holders
Game 1: Friday, 5 p.m.
Game 2: Saturday, 11 a.m.
*Game 3: Saturday, 5 p.m.