7-13-21 roundup: Legion baseball, Pro baseball, Little League baseball, Amateur golf
By Richard Walker
Cherryville American Legion Post 100 will continue a Gaston County summertime tradition on Wednesday when it begins a North Carolina Area IV semifinal series against Mint Hill at Charlotte’s Independence High School at 7 p.m.
It’ll mark the 63rd time in 68 years since Area IV adopted its current playoff format that at least one Gaston County team has advanced to the semifinals.
Queen City visits Rutherford County in the other Area IV semifinal series that’ll open Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Forest City’s McNair Field.
Only in 1959, 1970, 1992, 1996 and 2004 has Gaston County been shut out of the Area IV semifinals.
Cherryville also is extending its Area IV record for most semifinal appearances to 37. Shelby/Cleveland County is second with 30 appearances followed by HIckory (28), Gastonia (26), Caldwell County (24), Mint Hill (16), Paw Creek (16), Burke County (14), Rutherford County (14), Belmont (10) and Pineville (10) with 10 or more semifinal appearances.
Cherryville (14-5) is already assured an appearance in the July 28-31 state tournament it will host at Fraley Field. Mint Hill (14-3), Queen City (11-4) and Rutherford County (13-6) are all seeking the second Area IV berth.
Should Cherryville beat Mint Hill, the Queen City-Rutherford winner will automatically get the second spot. If Mint Hill beats Cherryville, then the best-of-five Area IV championship series slated for July 20-25 will determine the second team.
Junior Legion baseball
The Area IV tournament began Monday. Here are the results and upcoming schedule:
Cherryville 14, Caldwell County 7
Burns 3, South Caldwell 1
Burns 8, Cherryville 7 (8 innings)
South Caldwell 5, Caldwell County 1 (Caldwell County eliminated)
South Caldwell at Cherryville
Burns vs. Wednesday’s winner
If unbeaten team loses Thursday’s game
East Rutherford 13, Cramer 1
R-S Central 6, Matthews 4
East Rutherford 10, R-S Central 5
Matthews 14, Cramer 4 (Cramer eliminated)
R-S Central vs. Matthews
East Rutherford vs. Wednesday’s winner
If unbeaten team loses Thursday’s game
Little League baseball
Cherryville was eliminated from the N.C. state tournament in Charlotte late Monday night in a 12-2 loss to Wilson.
Shelby’s Connor Brown and Barek Cardell and Kings Mountain’s Will Spicer on Tuesday qualified for the July 27-29 N.C. Junior Amateur at Durham’s Treyburn Country Club.
Brown and Spicer finished tied for second with one-under-par 71s and Cardell tied for seventh with a one-over-par 73 at Shelby’s Cleveland Country Club on Tuesday.
The Charlotte Hornets continued their pre-NBA draft workouts on Tuesday.
They worked out Derek Culver of West Virginia, Jimma Gatwech of Prep School, Nikita Mikhailovskii of Avtodor (Russia), Isaiah Miller of UNC-Greensboro, Jamorko Pickett of Georgetown and Olivier Sarr of Kentucky.
Major league baseball draft
Fourteen current or former N.C. high school players and a Gardner-Webb University player were selected in the 2021 major league draft. They were the following:
In the first round, Wake Forest High shortstop Kahlil Watson was selected No. 16 overall by the Miami Marlins.
In the second round, East Forsyth High second baseman Connor Norby of East Carolina was selected No. 41 overall by the Baltimore Orioles.
In the third round, West Rowan High pitcher Austin Love of North Carolina was selected No. 90 overall by the St. Louis Cardinals and Gardner-Webb pitcher Mason Miller was selected No. 97 overall by the Oakland Athletics.
In the 10th round, Knightdale High pitcher Austin Vernon of North Carolina Central was selected No. 311 overall by the Tampa Bay Rays.
In the 11th round, Asheville Christ School pitcher William Fleming of Wake Forest was selected No. 324 by the Seattle Mariners and North Mecklenburg High pitcher River Ryan of UNC-Pembroke was selected No. 340 overall by the San Diego Padres.
In the 12th round, Rocky Mount Faith Christian High pitcher Landen Roupp of UNC-Wilmington was selected No. 356 overall by the San Francisco Giants.
In the 15th round, Cary Green Hope High shortstop Payton Green was selected No. 436 overall by the Boston Red Sox and Whiteville High shortstop Brooks Baldwin of UNC-Wilmington was selected No. 446 overall by the San Francisco Giants.
In the 16th round, Skyland Roberson High Aaron McKeithan of Charlotte was selected No. 481 overall by the St. Louis Cardinals.
In the 18th round, Cary High pitcher Bryce McGowan of Charlotte was selected No. 530 overall by the Colorado Rockies and South Iredell High pitcher Hunter Dula of Wingate was selected No. 536 overall by the San Francisco Giants.
In the 19th round, Rocky Mount Enfield Academy pitcher Reid Johnston of N.C. State was selected No. 576 overall by the Cleveland Indians.
And in the 20th round, Salisbury High shortstop Vance Honeycutt was selected No. 596 overall by the San Francisco Giants.
The Gastonia Honey Hunters split an Atlantic League of Professional Baseball doubleheader on Tuesday to leave their record at 18-22 overall.
Gastonia won 8-1 over High Point in the opener, then lost 7-2 in the nightcap. The teams continue a four-game series at High Point on Wednesday.