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July 31, 2017 - Last week Randolph County Post 45 (33-8) won their fourth State Championship and will host the American Legion Southeast Regional this week at McCrary Park..

Here's how the season has gone so far:

Post 45 2017 Results
5/18 L 17-8 Stanly County
5/19 L 16-14 @ Stanly County
5/20 W 9-4 Mocksville-Davie
5/20 L 6-5 Mocksville-Davie
5/25 L 8-7 Concord
5/26 W 11-8 @ Concord
5/27 W 12-5 Hickory
5/27 W 10-9 Hickory
5/28 L 6-3 Rowan County
5/31 W 19-9 Kannapolis
6/1 L 14-10 @ Rowan County
6/3 W 7-5 @ Greensboro
6/6 W 11-2 Mooresville
6/7 W 7-6 Greensboro
6/8 W 3-2 Davidson County
6/14 W 10-0 Apex
6/16 W 10-0 Eastern Randolph
6/17 W 5-4 Steubenville, OH
6/17 W 4-3 Steubenville, OH
6/18 W 10-0 Kernersville
6/20 L 4-2 @ High Point
6/21 W 3-1 @ Davidson County
6/22 W 12-4 @ Winston-Salem
6/25 W 7-1 High Point
6/27 W 11-1 Winston-Salem
6/28 W 15-5 @ Eastern Randolph
6/30 W 10-1 @ Kernersville
AREA III Playoffs
7/4 W 10-0 Mocksville-Davie
7/5 W 6-4 Mocksville-Davie
7/6 W 9-1 @ Mocksville-Davie
7/10 W 8-1 Davidson County
7/11 W 11-1 Davidson County
7/12 W 10-0 @ Davidson County
7/15 L 6-5 @ Rowan County
7/16 W 16-15 Rowan County
7/17 W 8-3 @ Rowan County
State Tournament
7/21 W 9-5 Shelby
7/22 W 13-5 Pitt County
7/23-24 W 14-9 Wilmington
7/24 W 13-6 Pitt County
7/25 W 16-2 Wilmington

July 30, 2017 – By virtue of winning the American Legion State Championship last week, Randolph County Post 45 has chosen to enter the 2017 Southeast Regional baseball tournament in the spot reserved for the North Carolina champion rather than as the tournament's host team.

That means Post 45 will play their first game at 4:30 Wednesday afternoon. This year's state runner-up, Wilmington Post 10, will play in the 7:30 game on opening day at McCrary Park in Asheboro. The change does not affect any other team.

More information available in this article from The Courier-Tribune.

Updated schedule for Wednesday, August 2:

9:30 am - West Virginia vs Georgia

12:30 pm - Kentucky vs South Carolina

4:30 pm - Alabama vs Randolph County

7:30 pm - Florida vs Wilmington

July 28, 2017 – The American Legion Southeast Regional baseball tournament is less that a week away and for the fifth straight year it will be played at historic McCrary Park in Asheboro.

The double-elimination tournament begins Wednesday, August 2nd with four games divided into two sessions. The day session includes games at 9:30 am and 12:30 pm. The two games in the evening session are scheduled for 4:30 and 7:30 pm.

Randolph County Post 45 will be the host team as well as the North Carolina Champion after winning the program's fourth state title earlier this week in Winterville, NC.

Joining Post 45 will be Wilmington Post 10, the second North Carolina representative and the runner-up in the state tournament.

Other teams headed to Asheboro next week are Troy, Alabama Post 70 and Florence, SC Post 1. Both will be making their second consecutive appearance in the Southeast Regional.

The four remaining participants will be decided this weekend as state tournaments conclude in Florida, Georgia, Kentucky and West Virginia.

July 27, 2017 – The Alabama state tournament recently concluded in Huntsville. Here is an article about the 2017 championship game in the Troy Messenger.

The South Carolina tournament has also wrapped up. The Herald of Rock Hill has a championship game article.

July 26, 2017 – Randolph County Post 45 defeated Wilmington Post 10 for the 2017 State Championship in American Legion baseball Tuesday in Winterville, NC. The 16 runs scored by RC45 tied the most runs in a state championship game since legion baseball switched to the tournament format in 2000. Kernersville Post 36 scored 16 runs in the 2010 championship game at McCrary Park.

Championship Game:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Post 45 3 4 6 1 1 0 1 16 18 0
Post 10 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 3 1

Dawson Painter pitched the first five innings (2 runs, 3 hits) and earned the win before giving way to Cameron Reid for the final two innings.

Offensively, Cameron Morrison and Bryce Marsh had four hits each.

Painter (HR) and Peyton Williams had two hits apiece. 

Trevor Marsh, Austin Curry, Parker Clayton, Ryan Hill, Jaxon Snider and Braxton Davis all had one hit.

Lead-off batter Dalton Hammer was hitless but reached base five times (3 bb, 2 hp) in six plate appearances.

Reid and Mason Matthews each had a plate appearance in the championship game.

The Tournament MVP award was presented to Dawson Painter.

In addition to earning the championship game win, Painter recorded 14 hits in the five games (.636 average) with 2 doubles, a triple and 5 home runs - including a grand slam against Wilmington on day three. 

This is Post 45's fourth State Championship.

July 25, 2017 – The first season for American Legion softball ended this evening for the Randolph County team. As the third seed, Randolph opened the playoffs at Rowan County and fell to the number two seed   3-0.

Rowan advances to the division championship against the Cabarrus-Stanly winner Wednesday in Morganton, NC.

July 25, 2017 - Post 45, 2017 North Carolina State Champions.

July 25, 2017 - The first ever Legion Lady Fastpitch State Tournament begins tonight with a single elimination divisional round consisting of one seven inning game.

First round match-ups in the Central Division have the #4 seed Stanly Legion team playing at #1 Cabarrus Legion at 6:00 at Central Cabarrus High School.

The other first round game has #3 Randolph Legion traveling to #2 Rowan Legion at 6:00 for an elimination game at Carson High School.

In the Western Division #4 Hendersonville Post 77 will travel to #1 Burke Post 21 at 7:00 for a game at Catawba Meadows Park, Field 1.

Also at 7:00, #3 Rutherford Post 423 will play #2 Shelby Post 82 at Shelby Middle School.


On Wednesday the action shifts to Catawba Meadows Park in Morganton, NC where the state tournament will be played. The two winners from each division will play each other for their division championship at 4:30, followed by a consolation game and the State Championship game Wednesday evening, both starting at approximately 7:15.

All tournament games are seven innings.

July 25, 2017 – Randolph County Post 45 and Wilmington Post 10 will play for the 2017 American Legion state title this afternoon with the action starting at 1:00. A win by Post 45 will give Wilmington their second loss and Randolph County will be State Champion.

If Post 10 wins the 1 o'clock game it would be Randolph's first loss in the double elimination tournament so another game would then be played starting at about 4 o'clock.

Monday saw Randolph County defeat Wilmington in the conclusion of Sunday night's suspended game. The final score was 14-9.

Wilmington then faced Rowan County in an elimination game and managed to survive with a 9-8 win. For the second time in the tournament, Wilmington scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat Rowan by a single run.

Monday's nightcap had another rematch from earlier in the tournament as Randolph County defeated Pitt County 13-6. Pitt County was eliminated.

All games are being played at Pitt Community College in Winterville, NC.

July 23, 2017 -  Day Three at the American Legion Baseball Tournament ended early because of persistant lightning in the Winterville area.

Game 9: Rowan County 17, Hope Mills 3 (Hope Mills eliminated)

Game 10: Pitt County 17, Garner 7 (Garner eliminated)

Game 11: Suspended with 1 out in the top of the 4th. Randolph 9, Wilmington 1.

Game 11 will resume at that point at 1:00 pm on Monday. Followed by game 12: Rowan County versus game 11 loser at 4 pm. Then game 13 with Pitt County versus the winner of game 11.

July 23, 2017 – With another day of excessive heat expected across much of North Carolina, the National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for all of the eastern part of the state from the Outer Banks as far west as Randolph County and the Triad area.

The Greenville area, where the American Legion baseball tournament is being played, will be under the advisory from 11 am until 7 pm Sunday.

Sunday: Mostly sunny. High near 96. Heat index values as high as 107. Slight chance of late day thunderstorms.

Monday: Partly sunny. High near 92. The chance of showers and thunderstorms is 50%.

Tuesday: Partly sunny. High near 90. The chance of showers and thunderstorms is 50%.

The tournament is being played at Pitt Community College in Winterville, NC.

July 22, 2017 – Day two results from the American Legion State Championship.

Game 5: Garner 7, Cherryville 3 (Cherryville eliminated)

Game 6: Hope Mills 13, Shelby 12 (Shelby eliminated)

Game 7: Wilmington 12, Rowan County 11

Game 8: Randolph County 13, Pitt County 5

Sunday schedule:

12 noon – (elimination game) Rowan County vs Hope Mills

4:00 – (elimination game) Pitt County vs Garner

7:00 – Wilmington vs Randolph County

July 22, 2017 – Heat will be a concern again for the second day of the American Legion baseball tournament.

The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for most of eastern North Carolina – including the Greenville area – from 11 am until 7 pm Saturday.

Saturday: Mostly sunny. High near 96. Heat index values as high as 107.

Sunday: Mostly sunny. High near 96. Heat index values as high as 107

Monday: Partly sunny. High near 92.

There is a slight chance of late day thunderstorms both Saturday and Sunday and a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms on Monday.

The tournament is being played at Pitt Community College in Winterville, NC.

**NOTE: the Heat Advisory extends as far west as the Triad Area including Randolph and surrounding counties.

July 21, 2017 – First day results from the American Legion state baseball tournament saw three of the four Area Champions record wins.

Area 2 champion Wilmington defeated Area 1 runner-up Garner by a run, 5-4. Area 3 champ Randolph County defeated Area 4 runner-up Shelby 9-5. In the final game, Area 1 champion Pitt County held off the Area 2 runner-up Hope Mills 6-5.

The third game of the day saw Area 4 champion Cherryville fall to Area 3 runner-up Rowan County by a 9-3 score.

Saturday action will feature two elimination games in the day session as Cherryville faces Garner at 9:00 am followed by Hope Mills against Shelby at approximately 12 noon.

The evening session is scheduled for 4:00 pm with Rowan County against Wilmington followed by Randolph County versus Pitt County at about 7:00 pm.

All games are being played at Pitt Community College in Winterville, NC.

July 21, 2017 – The 2017 American Legion State Championship Tournament begins today at Pitt Community College in Winterville which is just south of Greenville, NC. Hot and humid weather is expected for the eight teams and their fans as the tournament continues through Tuesday, July 25th.

The first game is scheduled for 9:00 am and will feature Area 2 champion Wilmington (19-3) against Garner (24-5), the runner-up from Area 1.

Area 3 champion Randolph County (28-8) faces Shelby (23-8) from Area 4 in the second game at approximately 12 noon.

The day's second session begins at 4:00 pm when Rowan County (31-3) from Area 3 takes on Area 4 champ Cherryville (32-6).

The tournament's Opening Ceremony will follow game 3 at approximately 7:00 and then the final game of day 1 will feature the host team - and Area 1 champion - Pitt County (25-4) against Hope Mills (17-7) from Area 2. Game 4 is scheduled for 7:30 pm.

The winner of the Randolph County-Shelby game will play Saturday evening at 7:00. The loser will play at noon Saturday.

July 20, 2017 - The American Legion Baseball State Championship Tournament begins Friday at Pitt Community College in Winterville, NC. According to the National Weather Service, weekend conditions in the Greenville-Winterville area will be hot and humid.

Friday, July 21: Sunny. High of 95. Heat index of 102.

Saturday, July 22: Mostly sunny. High of 96. Slight chance of late day thunderstorms.

Sunday, July 23: Mostly sunny. High of 96. Slight chance of late day thunderstorms.

July 19, 2017 – The schedule for opening day of the North Carolina American Legion Baseball Tournament was changed on Wednesday with start times for the two Area 3 teams switched.

Here is the current schedule for Friday's contests:

9:00 am – Garner (24-5) vs Wilmington (19-3)

12 noon – Shelby (23-8) vs Randolph County (28-8)

4:00 pm – Rowan County (31-3) vs Cherryville (32-6)

7:30 pm – Hope Mills (17-7) vs Pitt County (25-4)

July 19, 2017 – The schedule for opening day of the North Carolina American Legion Baseball Tournament was changed on Tuesday with start times for the two Area 3 teams switched.

Here is the current schedule for Friday's contests:

9:00 am – Garner (24-5) vs Wilmington (19-3)

12 noon – Rowan County (31-3) vs Cherryville (32-6)

4:00 pm – Shelby (23-8) vs Randolph County (28-8)

7:30 pm – Hope Mills (17-7) vs Pitt County (25-4)

July 18, 2017 – Randolph County Post 45 won the Area 3 Championship Monday night defeating Rowan County 8-3 in game three of their championship series.

Rowan scored 2 runs in the first inning and another in the fifth off Post 45 starter Bobby Weary who pitched into the sixth inning before giving way to Ryan Hill with Randolph trailing 3-2. Randolph tied the game in the seventh, scored 3 in the eighth to take the lead and added two more runs in the ninth for the final score.

Hill (7-0) was the winning pitcher.

Post 45's first runs were solo home runs by Dawson Painter (his 2nd) and Cameron Morrison (his 4th). Morrison had three hits in the game and eight hits in the series to lead Randolph offensively.

Both teams will play in the 2017 State Championship Tournament which starts Friday at Pitt Community College. Area 3 champ Randolph (28-8) will play the Area 4 runner-up Shelby Post 82 (23-8) at 12 noon Friday. That game will be followed by Rowan County (31-3) against Area 4 champion Cherryville Post 100 (32-6) at 4 pm.

July 17, 2017 - The Area III Championship Series will feature a decisive game three after Randolph County overcame a seven run deficit in the early innings and then held off Rowan County for a 16-15 win in game two at McCrary Park.

Rowan led 8-1 after three and managed to keep the lead as Post 45 chipped away through the middle innings. After the seventh inning Rowan was up 11-8 but in the bottom of the eighth Randolph sent 13 batters to the plate and scored 8 runs off 7 hits to take a 16-11 lead.

Post 342 (31-2) scored four runs in the top of the ninth before the final out was made to even the series at one game each.

Peyton Williams pitched an inning and two-thirds for the win while Randolph County's seventh pitcher used, Trevor Marsh, got the final out for the save.

Game three between Post 45 (27-8) and Rowan County is scheduled for 7 pm Monday night on the campus of Catawba College in Salisbury.

July 16, 2017 – Rowan County hosted game one in the Area III Championship Series Saturday night and recorded a come-from-behind 6-5 victory over Randolph County Post 45.

Rowan led much of the game but trailed by a single run entering the final inning. However, Post 342 managed to produce two runs in the bottom of the ninth and move ahead in the best of 3 game series.

Post 45's defense recorded three double plays in the game but three Randolph County errors aided in four of the home team's six runs.

Game two is Sunday night at McCrary Park.

July 14, 2017 – Randolph County Lady Legion Softball completed their first regular season Thursday night with a doubleheader sweep of Stanly County. Randolph won 1-0 in the first game and 15-0 in the nightcap.

Lady Legion Softball playoffs begin on Tuesday, July 25th with Randolph County traveling to Rowan County for a single seven inning game.

July 13, 2017 – Randolph County and Rowan County will play for the Area III Championship after each team recorded wins Wednesday night in American Legion Baseball.

Post 45 (26-7) defeated Davidson County 10-0 in eight innings at Holt-Moffitt Field in Lexington while Post 342 (30-1) eliminated High Point with a 9-3 victory at Newman Park in Salisbury.

The Area III Championship Series will be two-out-of-three games with the first game scheduled for Saturday night at Newman Park.

Game two will be Sunday night at McCrary Park in Asheboro. If a third game is needed it will be Monday night at Newman Park. All three games are scheduled for 7:00 pm.

Both Randolph and Rowan also qualified for the North Carolina State Championship Tournament which starts on Friday, July 21st. The 2017 tournament will be hosted by Pitt County Post 39. Other teams which have qualified for the State Tournament include Garner, Wilmington and Hope Mills.

Two more teams from Area IV in western North Carolina will be added by this weekend to fill out the eight team field.

July 7, 2017 – Three teams advanced into the semi-final round of the Area III American Legion Baseball playoffs last night.

Top seeds Randolph Post 45 and Rowan Post 342 along with Davidson Post 8 swept through the second round and await the winner of the final series between Eastern Randolph Post 81 and High Point Post 87.

High Point leads that best-of-five series two games to one with game four scheduled for tonight at Finch Field in Thomasville. Due to a schedule conflict at Finch Field, tonight's game time is eight o'clock.

Randolph County won three straight against Mocksville-Davie 10-0, 6-4 and 9-1. As the number one seed from the Northern Division, Post 45 will have the home field advantage in one of the semi-final series against division opponent Davidson County. Post 8 defeated Mooresville 4-3, 11-7 and 9-2 in round two. Game one between Randolph and Davidson will be at 7 pm on Monday, July 10th at McCrary Park in Asheboro.

Rowan County swept past Winston-Salem 4-3, 16-2 and 15-3 in their series and will host either Eastern Randolph or High Point when the semi-finals begin Monday night.

The Area III semi-finals will be best-of-five series with the winners facing off for the Area Championship and, more importantly, both teams will also qualify for the State Championship Tournament which begins July 21st in Greenville, NC.

July 2, 2017 – This year's All-State Softball Team has been announced by the NC Softball Coaches Association. The list of players honored includes several local athletes:

Eastern Randolph: Kaylee Carter, Shyanne Gay, Haley Kearns and Tori Maness.

Providence Grove: Maddie Hunt, Anna Thomas, Sam Welch and Alli Young.

Wheatmore: Kirsten Hart and Skyler Swaney.

Southwestern Randolph: Hailee Cagle, Samantha Lagrama, Blair Lamb and Heaven Maness.

July 1, 2017 – American Legion Baseball playoffs begin tonight for Area III teams. Randolph Post 45 and Eastern Randolph Post 81 received first round byes and are scheduled to join in the action when round two begins on Tuesday, July 4. In the Southern Division, Rowan County Post 342 also received a bye into the second round.

First round games scheduled for tonight include:

Kernersville (#5 North) at Mocksville-Davie (#4 South)

Kannapolis (#5 South) at Winston-Salem (#4 North)

High Point (#6 North) at Stanly County (#3 South)

Davidson County (#7 North) at Concord (#2 South)

Mooresville (#6 South) at Greensboro (#3 North)

Round One is a best of three series scheduled to alternate game sites over the first three days of July.

Randolph will face the winner of the Kernersville-Mocksville series in a best of five game series beginning on July 4th while Eastern Randolph will play either Stanly County or High Point. The winner of the Winston-Salem/Kannapolis series will play Rowan County in the second round.

The other second round match-up will feature the Greensboro/Mooresville winner against the Davidson/Concord winner.



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