7-6-21 roundup: Legion baseball, Pro baseball, basketball and soccer
By Richard Walker
The Charlotte FC Major League Soccer expansion team now has its first coach, according to The Athletic and Associated Press.
The franchise, which begins play in 2022, will hire 36-year-old Miguel Angel Ramirez.
Ramirez will join Charlotte FC after coaching the Brazilian club Porto Alegre International to an 11-7-4 record to start its season before being let go by the franchise.
Ramirez, who also has coached in Spain, Qatar and Ecuador, led Ecuador’s Independent of the Valley to the Copa Sudamericana title in 2019 and guided the team to a 32-21-16 record.
Charlotte FC is owned by David Tepper, who also owns the NFL’s Carolina Panthers and both teams play their home games at Bank of America Stadium.
Caldwell County 15, Gaston Braves 6: The Gaston Braves (8-7) couldn’t close out the N.C. Area IV best-of-five first round series at home on Tuesday night. Post 144-266 still leads the series 2-1 heading into Wednesday’s 7 p.m. game at M.S. Deal Stadium in Granite Falls.
Rutherford County 6, Gastonia 0: Avery Strange pitched a five-hitter with two walks and five strikeouts as Rutherford County took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five first round series with Gastonia (3-10). Austin Wood, Parker Richards, Jesse Osborne, Houston Parker and Joshua Bradshaw had hits for Gastonia, which hosts Game 4 on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Sims Legion Park.
Junior Legion baseball
Burke County 15, Cherryville 3 (5 innings): Cherryville fell to 10-2 overall with the home loss.
The Charlotte Hornets held a pre-draft workout on Tuesday with Duke’s Jalen Johnson.
The Gastonia Honey Hunters lost 7-3 at Southern Maryland on Tuesday in the first game of their 10-game road trip. It dropped Gastonia’s record to 14-20.