7-20-21 roundup: Legion baseball, College baseball and cross country, High school sports, Pro baseball

By Richard Walker

Cherryville American Legion Post 100’s Junior team will make its fourth N.C. state tournament appearance starting on Thursday when High Point Post 87 hosts the event at three fields – High Point’s Finch Field and Truist Point and Lexington’s Holt-Moffitt Field.

Cherryville (15-3), the No. 1 seed in Area IV, already knows its pool play schedule.

Post 100 will meet the Area III runner-up High Point on Friday at 4 p.m. at Truist Point, Area II champion Morehead City on Friday at Holt-Moffitt Field at 4 p.m. and Area I runner-up Kinston on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Should Cherryville finish first or second in its Stars division pool, it would advance to semifinals on Saturday at Finch Field at either 1 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. The 2021 N.C. Junior Legion state championship game is slated for Sunday at 2 p.m.

Here’s the 2021 N.C. Junior Legion baseball tournament schedule:

Thursday’s games
(at Truist Point)
High Point vs. Cherryville, 4 p.m.
Morehead City vs. Kinston, 6:45 p.m.
(at Finch Field)
Carson vs. Matthews, 4 p.m.
(at Holt-Moffitt Field)
Wayne County vs. Lexington or Mount Airy, 7 p.m.

Friday’s games
(at Holt-Moffitt Field)
Morehead City vs. Cherryville, 4 p.m.
High Point vs. Kinston, 6:45 p.m.
(at Truist Point)
Wayne County vs. Carson, 4 p.m.
Lexington or Mount Airy vs. Matthews, 6:45 p.m.

Saturday’s games
(at Finch Field)
Cherryville vs. Kinston, 1 p.m.
High Point vs. Morehead City, 3:45 p.m.
(at Holt-Moffitt Field)
Matthews vs. Wayne County, 1 p.m.
Carson vs. Lexington or Mount Airy, 3:45 p.m.

Sunday’s games
(at Finch Field)
Semifinals at 2 p.m. and 4:45 p.m.

Monday’s game
(at Finch Field)
Championship game, 2 p.m.

Here’s a list of previous N.C. Junior Legion state champions:

2001 Fuquay-Varina
2002 Cary
2003 Snow Hill
2004 Cary
2005 South Caldwell
2006 Cary
2007 Kernersville
2008 Cary
2009 Mooresville
2010 West Johnston
2011 West Johnston
2012 Cary
2013 Mint Hill Army
2014 South Caldwell
2015 Davidson County
2016 Rutherford County
2017 South Caldwell
2018 Windsor
2019 R-S Central



Legion baseball

The N.C. Area IV championship series schedule between Cherryville Post 100 and Rutherford County Post 423 will begin on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Cherryville’s Fraley Field.

The second game (also in Cherryville) is Friday at 7 p.m. with a third game (if necessary) played at Cherryville on Saturday at 7 p.m.






College baseball

Former West Lincoln High and Cherryville Post 100 standout Brett Eurey has committed to play baseball at Lenoir-Rhyne University. Eurey hit .420 with four home runs and 45 RBIs as a sophomore at Catawba Valley Community College. Eurey was named an All-Region X outfielder.




High school basketball

In Monday’s East-West All-Star Games at the Greensboro Coliseum, the West girls and the East boys were victorious.

In the girls game, Enka’s Emily Carver (Appalachian State signee) had 20 points, nine rebounds and four assists as the West won 87-66. Knightdale’s Diamond Davis (N.C. Central) had a game-high 21 points for the East.

In the boys games, Farmville Central’s Terquavion Smith (N.C. State) put an exclamation point on his prep career that includes three straight state titles and 2021 N.C. Gatorade Player of the Year.

Former North Gaston standout Eliana Philbeck signs her National Letter of Intent to run cross country at Cleveland Community College. Seated with Eliana are Yetis Cross Country Coach Steve McCachren and mother Rebecca.

Smith had a game-high 30 points – 19 in the first half – as the East rolled to a 116-92 victory.

North Mecklenburg’s Chris Ford and Greensboro Grimsley’s Daniel Cooper had 20 points each to lead the West.

The East-West boys and girls soccer games will be played on Tuesday with the football game on Wednesday.



College cross country

A pair of 2021 North Gaston High graduates – Eliana Philbeck and Lily Clark – signed national letters of intent to run for Cleveland Community College.



Former North Gaston standout Lily Clark signs a National Letter of Intent to run cross country at Cleveland Community College. Seated with Lily are Yetis Cross Country Coach Steve McCachren and father Buddy Clark.

Pro baseball

The Gastonia Honey Hunters lost a 14-12 slugfest at Southern Maryland on Tuesday night.

The loss drops Gastonia to 20-26.