Friday’s roundup: Legion baseball, Prep baseball, Pro hockey, College baseball

By Richard Walker

When the American Legion World Series makes its return to Shelby after being cancelled by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Veterans Field and Keeter Stadium will be allowed full capacity.

This comes after N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper’s May 14 announcement that most restrictions put in place to control the spread of COVID-19 were lifted immediately.

The local planning committed for the ALWS will now be able to sell tickets to all seats in the 5,500-seat facility, which will be hosting its 10th consecutive ALWS.

“We had not printed any tickets for the 2021 series because we did not know how many seats we would be able to sell,” Shelby ALWS Committee chairman Eddie Holbrook said in a news release. “Now we can let our reserved seat, box seat and rocking chair seat holders know that they will ALL have a place to watch the games. We are especially pleased because we are celebrating the 10th year of having the ALWS played in Shelby-Cleveland County.”

This year’s games will begin on Thursday, Aug. 12 and continue through the Tuesday, Aug. 17 championship game.

Ticket sales have grown substantially since Shelby became the permanent home of the tournament in 2011.

In 2018, ticket sales reached a record 128,157 and fell only minimally to 127,798 in 2019 when rain altered many games in that year’s event, including the championship game.

With special recognitions planned for the 10th anniversary of becoming the permanent home of the ALWS, organizers hope to set another ticket sales record this summer.

Anyone who purchased any type of reserved seat for the 2019 ALWS will receive a letter offering the same seats for 2021. After those wanting to renew have paid for their tickets, the remaining reserved seats will go to persons on a waiting list maintained by the ALWS staff.

General Admission tickets are available for purchase, also, with the price of $35 for all 15 games; These tickets go on sale June 21. Day passes for adults ($10 each) and for students ($5 each) will be available only at Keeter Stadium once the games begin.

For information, check www.americanlegionworldseries.com or call 704-466-3103.



High school baseball

Cherryville 11, Ashbrook 9: The host Ironmen (8-0) stayed unbeaten with a four-run rally in the sixth inning in a game Ashbrook twice led by four runs. Christian Hahn’s four hits led Cherryville, which also got big hits from Collin Robinson, Will Fowler, Ty Heavner and Landon Hahn.

North Gaston 9, Huss 0: Jairo Osio struck out 11 in five innings and reliever Chase Gantt four in two innings to combine on a one-hitter for the Wildcats, whose offense was led by Austin Wood (2 doubles, 3 runs), Will Farnsworth (2 RBIs) and Nate Williams (double, 2 RBIs).

East Lincoln 5, Bandys 4: Josh Stephens’ walkoff home run kept East Lincoln (8-0) unbeaten and atop the South Fork 2A Conference standings.

Lincolnton 7, West Lincoln 6

North Lincoln 5, Maiden 0

Burns 9, Shelby 2

Chase 7, East Gaston 6

East Rutherford 9, South Point 2

Christ the King 13, Bessemer City 5



Pro hockey

The Carolina Hurricanes are in the midst of their Stanley Cup playoff pursuit after winning their fourth division title in 25 seasons in North Carolina. The Hurricanes won the 2006 Stanley Cup championship, advanced to the 2002 Stanley Cup finals and were in the Eastern Conference finals in 2019. Carolina is 36-12-8 this season and are the No. 1 seed in the Central Division.

First round series vs. Nashville Predators
Game 1 – May 17, Carolina 5-2
Game 2 – May 19, Carolina 3-0
Game 3 – Friday, Nashville 5-4 in 2 OT (Carolina leads series 2-1)
Game 4 – Sunday at Nashville, 2:30 p.m.
Game 5 (if necessary) – Tuesday at Carolina
Game 6 (if necessary) – Thursday at Nashville
Game 7 (if necessary) – May 29 at Carolina



Legion baseball

The Gaston Braves Post 144-266 American Legion baseball team will hold sign-ups on June 5 at 4 p.m. at Gaston Christian School. For information, email [email protected].



College baseball

Charlotte 49ers update: The 49ers have already wrapped up the Conference USA’s best overall record and East Division title entering this weekend’s non-conference home series against UNC-Wilmington. No. 16-ranked Charlotte (38-17, 24-8) play Middle Tennessee on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., in Ruston, La., in its first league tournament game after it completes the UNC-W series; Charlotte won 6-5 on Friday to event the three-game series that ends on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Gardner-Webb update: The Bulldogs completed their Big South Conference schedule on Friday with a home doubleheader split with Radford. Gardner-Webb (28-21, 27-13) will be the No. 3 seed for the league tournament that begins on Thursday.

ACC update: As we close in on the ACC Baseball Tournament at Charlotte’s Truist Field from May 25-30, here’s the current league standings and upcoming conference games:

(Atlantic Division)
Notre Dame 24-10
N.C. State 19-13
Florida State 19-16
Louisville 16-15
Clemson 16-19
Wake Forest 9-22
Boston College 9-23
(Coastal Division)
Georgia Tech 20-14
Miami 19-15
North Carolina 18-17
Virginia 18-17
Pittsburgh 16-16
Virginia Tech 16-18
Duke 15-17

Thursday’s games
Duke 5, Clemson 1
Virginia 7, Boston College 1
N.C. State 6, Florida State 4
Miami 6, Louisville 1
Notre Dame 8, Virginia Tech 2
Wake Forest 6, Pittsburgh 1
North Carolina 3, Georgia Tech 2

Friday’s games
Duke 14, Clemson 8
Virginia 9, Boston College 2
N.C. State 6, Florida State 4
Miami 2, Louisville 0
Notre Dame 4, Virginia Tech 0
Wake Forest 12, Pittsburgh 5
Georgia Tech 10, North Carolina 9

Saturday’s games
Duke at Clemson
Virginia at Boston College
Florida State at N.C. State
Miami at Louisville
Notre Dame at Virginia Tech
Pittsburgh at Wake Forest
North Carolina at Georgia Tech