7-16-21 roundup: Legion baseball, College football, Pro football and baseball

By Richard Walker

Cherryville American Legion Post 100 will get a chance to increase its record for N.C. Area IV titles after finishing off a three-game sweep in the semifinals on Friday.

Post 100 shutout Mint Hill 9-0 as starter and winner Noah Huss struck out five in six innings and Noah Ingle (three hits, two RBIs), Cody Mosteller (two hits, three RBIs) and Joseph Webb (two hits, two RBIs) led the Cherryville offense.

Cherryville (17-5) will host the winner of the ongoing Rutherford County-Queen City series in the Area IV championship series next week; Rutherford edged Queen City 9-8 on Friday to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series.

Post 100’s win advances Cherryville into the area championship series for the 23rd time; Post 100 has won a record 18 titles and has finished runner-up four times.


Junior Legion baseball

The Area IV tournament began Monday. Here are the results and schedule:

(Pod A)

Monday’s games
Cherryville 14, Caldwell County 7
Burns 3, South Caldwell 1

Tuesday’s games
Burns 8, Cherryville 7 (8 innings)
South Caldwell 5, Caldwell County 1 (Caldwell County eliminated)

Wednesday’s game
Cherryville 4, South Caldwell 1

Friday’s game
Cherryville 5, Burns 3

Saturday’s game
Burns at Cherryville (winner advances to Junior Legion N.C. state tournament in High Point July 22-26)

(Pod B)

Monday’s games
East Rutherford 13, Cramer 1
R-S Central 6, Matthews 4

Tuesday’s games
East Rutherford 10, R-S Central 5
Matthews 14, Cramer 4 (Cramer eliminated)

Wednesday’s game
Matthews 2, R-S Central 1

Thursday’s game
Matthews 6, East Rutherford 3

Friday’s game
Matthews 9, East Rutherford 5 (Matthews advances to Junior Legion N.C. state tournament in High Point July 22-26)




College football

The Charlotte 49ers on Friday announced a pair of key dates for the upcoming fall season.

Charlotte will hold the induction ceremony for its inaugural Athletics Hall of Fame class on Friday, Sept. 10 at Halton Arena. Also, homecoming and the school’s annual all-sports reunion has been set for Saturday, Nov. 6 at 3:30 p.m. when the 49ers host Rice.

The Hall of Fame ceremony will be from 6-9 p.m. and ticket information will be announced soon. The inductees also will be recognized on Saturday, Sept. 11 during the Gardner-Webb at Charlotte football game.

The inaugural Hall of Fame Class is made up of seven members – All-America soccer goalkeeper Jon Busch, All-America men’s basketball player Cedric Maxwell, All-America men’s golfer Corey Nagy, All-America women’s track runner Shareese Woods, longtime athletic director Judy Rose, men’s basketball coach Lee Rose and school athletic benefactor Dale Halton.






Pro football

Carolina Panthers fans can enjoy a night of football, fireworks and fun at the team’s annual Fan Fest presented by Daimler Trucks North America at Bank of America Stadium on Friday, Aug. 6.

Tickets to Fan Fest are $5 and go on sale beginning Tuesday, July 20 at 10 a.m. on Panthers.com and Ticketmaster.

Gates will open at 5:30 p.m., with on-field entertainment beginning at 6 p.m. and a practice begins at 7:30 p.m. with a fireworks/laser show to cap the night at 9:15 p.m.







Pro baseball

The Gastonia Honey Hunters found coming home the perfect recipe to end a three-game losing streak on Friday night.

Gastonia took a 16-1 win over West Virginia to improve to 19-24.

The current three-game homestand continues at Gastonia’s CaroMont Health Park at 6:50 p.m. Saturday against West Virginia.