Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Post 58's regular season ends Tuesday evening

Rocky Mount Coleman-Pitt Post 58's baseball team will end its regular season Tuesday evening when Pitt County Post 39 comes to visit. 

Post 58 is coming off a doubleheader win at Elizabeth City (10-2, 15-0) Sunday.

But it wasn't originally supposed to be the Rocky Mount's last regular season game.

Post 58 was scheduled to end its regular season Thursday evening with Area 1 East Southern Conference member Wayne County Post 11 making a visit.

But Post 11 has two makeup games with New Bern Post 24 left on its calendar, so it was forced to cancel.

Monday night, Post 58 was scheduled to host Edenton Post 37, but only seven Post 37 players showed up and it was forced to forfeit - moving Post 58 to 18-5 overall and it closed its Northern Conference title run with a 14-1 mark.

It's also hard to believe that Rocky Mount has played 22 games, while teams like New Bern and Kinston Post 43 in the Southern Conference have played less than 15.

Things have been really rocky in the Southern Conference since West Craven (Whitehurst-Ware) Post 539's team was disbanded the weekend of June 16 for a lack of participation.

Of course, it wasn't that long ago when New Bern had to cancel its season because of a lack of players.

Let's hope playing more games helps Post 58 come playoff time - which starts on Thursday, July 12.

STATE TOURNAMENT -  While this year's American Legion State Tournament will be held in Lenoir, it was announced Monday that the 2013 State Tournament will be held in Wilson at Fleming Stadium. 

With an Area I squad as a host team, Wilson Post 13 will get an automatic bid to the tournament, and any other Area I team would have to win the Area I playoffs next season to advance. Normally, the Area winner and its runner-up move on to the State Tournament.

That was the case when Pitt Co. hosted the State Tournament three summers ago at East Carolina's Clark-LeClair Stadium and Post 58 won the Area I title - beating Area I West winner Cary Post 67.

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