Post 87 eyes state American Legion baseball crown
The High Point Post 87 HiToms continue pursuit of an American Legion state championship today.
They will play Area I runner-up Wayne County Post 11 (16-7-1) at 4:30 p.m.. on the first day of the double-elimination state tournament at Holt-Moffitt Field in Lexington.
Other first-day matchups include Area II No. 1 seed Wilmington (24-6) against Area IV runner-up Gaston Braves (24-3) at 12:30 p.m., Area II No. 2 seed Hope Mills (19-4) against Area IV champ Shelby (38-1) at 9:30 a.m., and host Davidson County Post 8 (15-12) against Area I champ Garner (26-5) in the nightcap at 7:30 p.m.
Wilmington is seeking to become the first team to win three consecutive state championships.
Post 87 got to the championship tournament by sweeping its first-round series, coming from two games down to top Kernersville Post 36 with a rally in the ninth inning of the fifth and deciding game, sweeping Mooresville Post 66 in three games and sweeping Winston-Salem in the Area III championship.
The HiToms have been idle since finishing off Winston-Salem on July 20.
They lost just two games on the field during the regular season, winning the first 12 in a row and then seven straight after the first on-field loss. The other regular-season setback came in the last game before the playoffs.
The two straight losses to Kernersville marked the only time this season Post 87 lost consecutive games.
Shelby, which claimed its second straight Area IV title, has the most impressive resume, riding a 33-game winning streak since its last loss on June 1.
Wayne County is making its seventh state tournament appearance while Post 87 is making its fourth.
The state tournament winner advances to the Southeast Region tourney Aug. 7-11 in Asheboro. The winner of that tournament goes to the American Legion World Series Aug. 14-19 in Shelby.