Cherryville Post 100 begins N.C. Legion baseball state tournament title bid on Tuesday at Campbell

By Richard Walker

Cherryville Post 100 begins its bid for an eighth N.C. American Legion baseball state title on Tuesday at Campbell University when it meets Hope Mills at 4:30 p.m.

Cherryville’s 2022 N.C. Area IV championship team

Post 100 enters as the Area IV champion for a record 20th time and is playing in its 13th state tournament in the event’s 22nd year.

Wilmington is the all-time N.C. champion (12), N.C. runner-up (8) and state tournament participant (15th).

Cherryville (25-12) is in the four-team Stars division along with Area I No. 1 Fuquay-Varina (21-5-1), Area II No. 2 Hope Mills (16-10) and Area III No. 2 Randolph County (29-9).

The four-team Stripes division is comprised of Area I No. 2 Pitt County (20-6), Area II No. 1 Wilmington (18-8), Area III No. 1 Rowan County (35-8) and Area IV No. 2 Queen City (21-7).

Cherryville is under the direction of all-time N.C. Legion coaching winner Bobby Reynolds, who enters the tournament with a 858-396 overall record in 35 years that includes 766-343 in 30 years for Post 100.

In the 2022 Area IV playoff title run, Cherryville received a first round bye, defeated Matthews three games to none in the quarterfinals, the Gaston Braves four games to two in the semifinals and Queen City 6-4 in a one-game championship final.

Leading a balanced Post 100 offense this year has been Jacob Hamrick (.339 average), Cole Irby (.309 average, 2 home runs, 18 RBIs), Zane Brockman (.309 average, 18 RBIs), Landon Jenkins (.302 average), Ashton Pope (.296 average, 4 home runs, 25 RBIs), Taylor Cook (.296 average), Joseph Webb (.270, 3 home runs, 17 RBIs), Will Fowler (.267 average), Will Blackburn (.250 average, 2 home runs, 13 RBIs) and Landon Hahn (.250 average).

Top pitchers are Webb (5-2 record, 1 save, 1.44 ERA), Blackburn (4-0 record, 3.40 ERA), Pope (2-2 record, 1 save, 1.42 ERA), Kanon Willis (2-0 record, 2 saves, 3.94 ERA), Landon Hahn (2-0 record, 3.50 ERA) and Brockman (1-1 record, 1.94 ERA).

N.C. state tournament schedule for games to be played at Campbell University:

July 26-30
Pool divisions:
Stars – Area I No. 1 Fuquay-Varina 21-5-1, Area II No. 2 Hope Mills 16-10, Area III No. 2 Randolph County 29-9, Area IV No. 1 Cherryville 25-12
Stripes – Area I No. 2 Pitt County 20-6, Area II No. 1 Wilmington 18-8, Area III No. 1 Rowan County 35-8, Area IV No. 2 Queen City 21-7

July 26
Queen City vs. Wilmington, 10 a.m.
Rowan County vs. Pitt County, 1 p.m.
Cherryville vs. Hope Mills, 4:30 p.m.
Fuquay-Varina vs. Randolph County, 7:30 p.m.
July 27
Pitt County vs Queen City, 10 a.m.
Randolph County vs. Hope Mills, 1 p.m.
Rowan County vs. Wilmington, 4:30 p.m.
Fuquay-Varina vs. Cherryville, 7:30 p.m.
July 28
Pitt County vs. Wilmington, 10 a.m.
Cherryville vs. Randolph County, 1 p.m.
Queen City vs. Rowan County, 4:30 p.m.
Fuquay-Varina vs. Hope Mills, 7:30 p.m.

July 29 semifinals
Games at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

July 30 final
1 p.m.