Wednesday, July 20, 2011

2011 N.C. American Legion Baseball State Tournament Pairings

MOREHEAD CITY - Here are the pairings for the opening day of the 2011 N.C. American Legion Baseball State Tournament being held this weekend in Morehead City at the Puck O’Neal Field at Big Rock Stadium.

Wayne County, which eliminated Coleman-Pitt Post 58 in the Area I East semifinals, went on to win the Area I title by beating both Pitt County and Cary,. It will meet Rowan County Post 342 in the opening game Friday morning.  Post 58 defeated Rowan County in their only meeting early in the regular season.

The top seeds are Wayne County, Wilmington, High Point and Cherryville.

2011 N.C. American Legion State Baseball State Tournament

Friday, July 22

Game 1

Rowan County Post 342 vs. Wayne County Post 11, 10 a.m.

Game 2

Hickory Post 48 vs. Wilmington Post 10, 1 p.m.

Game 3

High Point Post 87 vs. Cary 67, 4:30 p.m.

Game 4

Cherryville Post 100 vs. Morehead Post 48, 7:30 p.m.


 Cary (23-9) is in its second straight state tournament after Post 67 finished as Area I runner-up for the third straight season. 
Cherryville (26-7) set a record for Area IV titles with 15 in its 2-1 series victory over Hickory. Post 100 will be making its record eighth state tournament appearance and fifth in a row. Cherryville has six state titles and four state runnerup finishes in its long history.
Hickory (20-11) is in its third state tournament after Post 48 advanced to the Area IV finals for the first time since 2002. Hickory was 1948 state champion.
High Point (21-8) is one of the hottest teams coming into the tournament with a six-game winning streak, including four straight in the Area III tournament in which a loss would’ve ended Post 87’s season. High Point’s area title was its fourth all-time and it is in the state tournament for a second time.
Morehead City (15-6) advanced as the host team, but did make it to the Area II semifinals before being swept by Hope Mills. Post 46 won the 2006 state title (with recent minor league graduate and Cleveland Indian rookie  Lonnie Chisenhall) and is making its fourth state tournament appearance.
Rowan County (23-8) is in its seventh state tournament after finishing as Area III runner-up for a record 17th time. Also winner of a record 17 Area III titles, Post 342 has won seven state titles, its last coming in 2009 when it finished third in the World Series. 
Wayne County (25-5) won its record eighth Area I title in a one-game playoff over Cary. Post 11 is playing in its sixth state tournament, but first since 2008 in Gastonia.
Wilmington (29-5) enters the tournament with the best record after winning its record 23rd Area II championship in a 3-1 series victory over Hope Mills. Post 10’s eight state titles is tied for second in state history with Charlotte/Newell/Mint Hill and trails only Gastonia Post 23’s nine state championships. Wilmington is in the state tournament for the sixth time and fourth in a row.

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