7-28-21 roundup: Legion baseball, High school basketball, Pro basketball and baseball

By Richard Walker

The top seeds won all four games on the opening day of the N.C. American Legion baseball state tournament at Cherryville’s Fraley Field.

Area III champion Rowan County scored in the fifth inning and held on to beat Port City 3-2 in the opening game.

The No. 1 Area II seed Wilmington scored three times in the second and third innings of a 6-3 win over Rutherford County in the second game.

The No. 1 Area I seed Fuquay-Varina scored three runs in the second, fourth and fifth innings on its way to a 10-2 victory over Kannapolis in the third game.

And, finally, host Area IV champion Cherryville scored seven times in the fifth inning to complete a rally from a 2-0 deficit for an 8-2 win over Wayne County.

The tournament continues with pool play on Thursday and Friday before staging single-elimination semifinals and finals on Saturday and Sunday.

The 2021 N.C. Legion state tournament winner advances to the Mid-Atlantic Regionals in Asheboro that start on Aug. 4.

Here is the full tournament schedule and results for the 2021 state championship:

Wednesday, July 28
Rowan County 3, Port City 2
Wilmington 6, Rutherford County 3
Fuquay-Varina 10, Kannapolis 2
Cherryville 8, Wayne County 2

Thursday, July 29
Kannapolis vs. Rutherford County, 10 a.m.
Wayne County vs. Port City, 1 p.m.
Wilmington vs. Fuquay-Varina, 4 p.m.
Rowan County vs. Cherryville, 7 p.m.

Friday, July 30
Rutherford County vs. Fuquay-Varina, 10 a.m.
Wayne County vs. Rowan County, 1 p.m.
Port City vs. Cherryville, 4 p.m.
Kannapolis vs. Wilmington, 7 p.m.

Saturday, July 31
Semifinals at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 1
Championship game at time to be determined

(Stars division)
Rowan County 1-0
Cherryville 1-0
Port City 0-1
Wayne County 0-1

(Stripes division)
Wilmington 1-0
Fuquay-Varina 1-0
Rutherford County 0-1
Kannapolis 0-1

Ticket prices are the following:

Wednesday through Friday: $15 per session (2 sessions per day) or $20 day pass

Saturday: $15

Sunday: $10

All-tournament pass: $50





High school basketball

Two local coaches have been named head coaches of prestigious 2022 all-star basketball games.

Crest’s Brad LeVine will coach the North Carolina boys team in the Carolinas Classic in Wilmington that is played in late March. LeVine guided Crest to a 16-2 record, first unbeaten league record at the school in 20 years and a Western N.C. 3A runner-up finish.

And North Lincoln’s Brad Mangum will coach the West girls team for the N.C. Coaches Association East-West games at the Greensboro Coliseum on July 11.








Pro basketball

The NBA announced the Charlotte Hornets’ Las Vegas Summer League schedule on Wednesday.

The Hornets have three draft picks in Thursday’s NBA Draft and plan to take each of those players along with as many as 14 players for their summer league roster.

Here is Charlotte’s schedule, time and television network:

Aug. 8 Portland, 6 p.m. (NBA TV)

Aug. 9 Sacramento, 6 p.m. (NBA TV)

Aug. 12 San Antonio, 3 p.m. (ESPNU)

Aug. 14 Toronto, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)

Aug. 16 or 17 TBD



Pro baseball

The Gastonia Honey Hunters split Wednesday’s home doubleheader with the High Point Rockers.

Gastonia (24-30) lost 2-1 in the opener before winning 7-5 in the nightcap. The Honey Hunters close the homestand on Thursday at 6:50 p.m. against High Point before starting a 10-day road trip to Long Island, West Virginia and Lexington.