The last-ditch attempt by the Southern Division to house this year’s Area III American Legion Senior Division baseball champion has bit the proverbial diamond dust.
Mocksville-Davie, the No. 5 seeded among the six teams – including Mooresville’s Gresham-Baker Post 66 – that merited an appearance as deep as the third round of the Area III playoffs, suffered elimination to end all hopes of a Southern Division member making it as far as the North Carolina American Legion Baseball Championships.
Mocksville-Davie, a team that the Post 66 Moors defeated twice in as many head-to-head showings in regular season play, was defeated in the bare minimum number of three games by Northern Division member and its field’s No. 2 seeded Davidson County.
The winners of the equivalent to the Area III final four semifinals, Lexington-based Davidson County, scored the right to reach the Area III finals. Both teams making it that far are guaranteed to receive a state championship finals bid.
As a result, it will be an all-Northern Division show in place in teams of teams earning the right to represent the Area III in upcoming state tournament play. Also from the group that features as many as seven teams, the twosome of regular-season champion and No. 1 seeded Eastern Randolph – based out of Asheboro – and No. 3 seed High Point are among the ones still duking it out for the second and final berth to the state finals.
Once the pair of Area III finalists is determined, those two teams will square off in a short best-of-three-game series early this week that will be determine which will enter the state tournament as No. 1 and No. 2 seeds from the entire 13-team roster.
Again this summer, North Carolina will be a virtual hotbed of American Legion baseball play at the nation’s Senior Division level.
That will be the case as teams hailing from each of the state’s four Areas will convene in Cherryville beginning July 26 to participate in the N.C. American Legion Baseball Championship.
From that scheduled five-day and double-elimination affair, the sole survivor will then join designated host and Northern Division of Area III member Eastern Randolph – based out of Asheboro – for play in the American Legion Mid-Atlantic Region Championship that will get underway beginning in early August.
That latter event attracting state champions from as many as eight surrounding states will then merit advancement into the American Legion Little World Series scheduled one again to take place in Shelby later in August.