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FINAL American Legion baseball statistics for Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties

American Legion 2021 statistical leaders Note: Statistics provided by area coaches and/or statisticians. Batting average (minimum: 30 at-bats) Cole Irby, Cherryville (26-54) .481 Samuel Duncan, Cherryville (16-36) .444 Will Heavner, Cherryville (28-67) .418 Zach Wilson, Cherryville (41-101) .416 Caleb Burr, G-Braves (25-65) .385 Ryan Emery, Cleveland (21-55) .382 Luke Reynolds, Cleveland (18-51) .353 Joseph Webb, […]

7-11-21 roundup: Legion baseball, Little League baseball, Pro golf and baseball

By Richard Walker Cherryville American Legion Post 100 wrapped up another N.C. Area IV semifinal appearance Sunday night after defeating the Lincoln County Cardinals 12-2 in six innings at Fraley Field to complete a 3-0 sweep of their best-of-five quarterfinal series. Noah Ingle’s bases-loaded walkoff single in the bottom of the sixth inning wrapped up […]

N.C. Area IV Legion baseball update (thru July 11)

  American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru July 11) Eastern Division Division Overall/Playoffs Mint Hill Post 555 8-2 8-2/5-1 Lincoln County Post 455 4-2 4-2/0-3 Gaston Post 144-266 6-6 6-6/4-3 Queen City 5-4 5-4/6-0 Pineville Post 337 4-5 4-5/1-3 Union County Post 535 1-3 1-3/DNP Gastonia Post 23 2-8 2-8/1-3 Western Division Division Overall/Playoffs […]

7-10-21 roundup: Legion baseball, Little League baseball, Pro basketball and baseball

By Richard Walker Cherryville American Legion Post 100 moved within one victory of the North Carolina Area IV semifinals after shutting out Lincoln County 3-0 on Saturday night at The Corral at East Lincoln High School. Zane Brockman pitched a three-hitter with eight strikeouts and helped himself at the plate with two hits as Cherryville […]

N.C. Area IV Legion baseball update (thru July 10)

  American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru July 10) Eastern Division Division Overall/Playoffs Mint Hill Post 555 8-2 8-2/4-1 Lincoln County Post 455 4-2 4-2/0-2 Gaston Post 144-266 6-6 6-6/4-2 Queen City 5-4 5-4/5-0 Pineville Post 337 4-5 4-5/1-3 Union County Post 535 1-3 1-3/DNP Gastonia Post 23 2-8 2-8/1-3 Western Division Division Overall/Playoffs […]

7-9-21 roundup: Legion baseball, Pro baseball, Local Hall of Fame

By Richard Walker Cherryville had to wait a week to play its first American Legion baseball playoff game but Post 100 shook off the rust quickly in a 6-2 win Friday night over visiting Lincoln County in the opener of a best-of-five N.C. Area IV quarterfinal series. Cherryville (12-5) visits Lincoln County (4-3) at East […]

N.C. Area IV Legion baseball update (thru July 9)

  American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru July 9) Eastern Division Division Overall/Playoffs Mint Hill Post 555 8-2 8-2/3-0 Lincoln County Post 455 4-2 4-2/0-1 Gaston Post 144-266 6-6 6-6/3-2 Queen City 5-4 5-4/4-0 Pineville Post 337 4-5 4-5/1-3 Union County Post 535 1-3 1-3/DNP Gastonia Post 23 2-8 2-8/1-3 Western Division Division Overall/Playoffs […]

7-8-21 roundup: College baskeball and cross country, Legion baseball, Pro baseball

By Richard Walker A major college basketball tournament will be held at Charlotte’s Spectrum Center with ties to the current ownership tenant of the building and his alma mater. The Charlotte Sports Foundation announced on Thursday a three-year agreement with Florida, Michigan, North Carolina and Oklahoma to plau men’s and women’s basketball tournaments called the […]

N.C. Area IV Legion baseball update (thru July 8)

  American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru July 8) Eastern Division Division Overall/Playoffs Mint Hill Post 555 8-2 8-2/3-0 Lincoln County Post 455 4-2 4-2/0-0 Gaston Post 144-266 6-6 6-6/3-1 Queen City 5-4 5-4/3-0 Pineville Post 337 4-5 4-5/1-3 Union County Post 535 1-3 1-3/DNP Gastonia Post 23 2-8 2-8/1-3 Western Division Division Overall/Playoffs […]

N.C. Area IV Legion baseball update (thru July 7)

  American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru July 7) Eastern Division Division Overall/Playoffs Mint Hill Post 555 8-2 8-2/3-0 Lincoln County Post 455 4-2 4-2/0-0 Gaston Post 144-266 6-6 6-6/3-1 Queen City 5-4 5-4/3-0 Pineville Post 337 4-5 4-5/1-2 Union County Post 535 1-3 1-3/DNP Gastonia Post 23 2-8 2-8/1-3 Western Division Division Overall/Playoffs […]

N.C. Area IV Legion baseball update (thru July 6)

  American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru July 6) Eastern Division Division Overall/Playoffs Mint Hill Post 555 8-2 8-2/3-0 Lincoln County Post 455 4-2 4-2/0-0 Gaston Post 144-266 6-6 6-6/2-1 Queen City 5-4 5-4/3-0 Pineville Post 337 4-5 4-5/1-2 Union County Post 535 1-3 1-3/DNP Gastonia Post 23 2-8 2-8/1-2 Western Division Division Overall/Playoffs […]

N.C. Area IV Legion baseball update (thru July 5)

  American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru July 5) Eastern Division Division Overall/Playoffs Mint Hill Post 555 8-2 8-2/2-0 Lincoln County Post 455 4-2 4-2/0-0 Gaston Post 144-266 6-6 6-6/2-0 Queen City 5-4 5-4/2-0 Pineville Post 337 4-5 4-5/1-1 Union County Post 535 1-3 1-3/DNP Gastonia Post 23 2-8 2-8/1-1 Western Division Division Overall/Playoffs […]

7-4-21 roundup: High school baseball, Legion baseball, Pro baseball

By Richard Walker N.C. High School Athletic Association Region 6 came away as the baseball champion of the 2021 State Games on Saturday. The team, whose head caoch was Burns’ Alex Leonhardt with assistant coaches John Markley of West Lincoln, Windell Robertson of Cox Mill and Terry Tucker of South Stanly, had a 20-player roster […]

N.C. Area IV Legion baseball update (thru July 4)

  American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru July 4) Eastern Division Division Overall/Playoffs Mint Hill Post 555 8-2 8-2/1-0 Lincoln County Post 455 4-2 4-2/0-0 Gaston Post 144-266 6-6 6-6/1-0 Queen City 5-4 5-4/0-0 Pineville Post 337 4-5 4-5/0-1 Union County Post 535 1-3 1-3/DNP Gastonia Post 23 2-8 2-8/1-0 Western Division Division Overall/Playoffs […]

2021 N.C. Area IV playoffs begin: Cleveland County, Cherryville Mint HIll are top-seeded teams

By Richard Walker Cleveland County, Cherryville and Mint Hill are the top-seeded teams as the North Carolina Area IV playoffs begin on Sunday. Cleveland County and Cherryville shared the Western Division title with 10-4 divisional records and Mint Hill took the Eastern Division title with an 8-2 record. A late start to the season caused […]

N.C. Area IV Legion baseball update (thru July 3)

  American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru July 3) Eastern Division Division Overall/Playoffs Mint Hill 8-2 8-2/0-0 Lincoln County Post 455 4-2 4-2/0-0 Gaston Post 144-266 6-6 6-6/0-0 Queen City 5-4 5-4/0-0 Pineville Post 337 4-5 4-5/0-0 Union County Post 535 1-3 1-3/DNP Gastonia Post 23 2-8 2-8/0-0 Western Division Division Overall/Playoffs Cleveland County […]

7-3-21 roundup: Pro baseball, Legion baseball, Pro basketball

By Richard Walker Blake Lalli, Gardner-Webb University’s first major league baseball player, is making a name for himself as a minor league manager. Lalli got another honor on Thursday when he was named the National League team’s bench coach for the upcoming SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on July 11 at 3 p.m. ET on the […]

N.C. Area IV Legion baseball update (thru July 2)

American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru July 2) Eastern Division Division Overall Mint Hill 8-2 8-2 Lincoln County Post 455 4-2 4-2 Gaston Post 144-266 6-6 6-6 Queen City 5-4 5-4 Pineville Post 337 4-5 4-5 Union County Post 535 1-3 1-3 Gastonia Post 23 2-8 2-8 Western Division Division Overall Cleveland County Post […]

N.C. Area IV Legion baseball update (thru July 1)

  American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru July 1) Eastern Division Division Overall Mint Hill 8-2 8-2 Lincoln County Post 455 4-2 4-2 Gaston Post 144-266 6-6 6-6 Queen City 4-4 4-4 Pineville Post 337 4-4 4-4 Union County Post 535 1-3 1-3 Gastonia Post 23 2-8 2-8 Western Division Division Overall Cleveland County […]

6-30-21 roundup: Pro baseball, Little League baseball, Legion baseball, College baseball

By Richard Walker Cherryville and Cleveland County ended their North Carolina Area IV regular seasons by finishing tied atop Western Division standings with 10-4 records Wednesday’s games. Cherryville knocked off Burke County 3-1 as Noah Huss threw a four-hitter with six strikeouts and Zach Wilson (triple), Colin Robinson (double), Zane Brockman (one hit, one RBI) […]

N.C. Area IV Legion baseball update (thru June 30)

  American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru June 30) Eastern Division Division Overall Mint Hill 8-2 8-2 Lincoln County Post 455 4-2 4-2 Gaston Post 144-266 6-6 6-6 Queen City 4-4 4-4 Pineville Post 337 4-4 4-4 Union County Post 535 1-3 1-3 Gastonia Post 23 2-8 2-8 Western Division Division Overall Cleveland County […]

6-29-21 roundup: Legion baseball, College baseball and basketball and Pro baseball

By Richard Walker Lincoln County American Legion Post 455 exploded for 10 runs in the fourth and fifth innings to take a 13-3, mercy-rule-shortened 5-inning win over visiting Gastonia to move into first place of the Eastern Division of N.C. Area IV. The Cardinals (4-1) trailed 2-1 before their late surge as starter Ben Carpenter […]

N.C. Area IV American Legion baseball update (thru June 29)

  American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru June 29) Eastern Division Division Overall Lincoln County Post 455 4-1 4-1 Mint Hill 7-2 7-2 Gaston Post 144-266 5-5 5-5 Queen City 4-4 4-4 Pineville Post 337 4-4 4-4 Gastonia Post 23 2-8 2-8 Union County Post 535 0-2 0-2 Western Division Division Overall Cleveland County […]

N.C. Area IV Legion baseball update (thru June 28)

  American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru June 28) Eastern Division Division Overall Mint Hill 6-2 6-2 Lincoln County Post 455 3-1 3-1 Gaston Post 144-266 5-4 5-4 Queen City 4-3 4-3 Pineville Post 337 3-4 3-4 Gastonia Post 23 2-7 2-7 Union County Post 535 0-2 0-2 Western Division Division Overall Cleveland County […]

N.C. Area IV American Legion baseball update (thru June 27)

  American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru June 27) Eastern Division Division Overall Lincoln County Post 455 3-1 3-1 Mint Hill 5-2 5-2 Gaston Post 144-266 5-3 5-3 Queen City 4-3 4-3 Pineville Post 337 2-4 2-4 Gastonia Post 23 2-7 2-7 Union County Post 535 0-1 0-1 Western Division Division Overall Cleveland County […]

6-26-21 roundup: Prep track and baseball, Legion baseball, College baseball and Pro baseball

By Richard Walker North Lincoln’s boys and girls won N.C. 2A track championships Saturday and Ashbrook freshman Camryn Massey set a state record in the 2021 championships held at the North Carolina A&T track complex. North Lincoln’s girls were led by MVP Angie Allen, who won three individual titles as the Knights racked up 69 […]

Area IV American Legion baseball update (thru June 26)

  American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru June 26) Eastern Division Division Overall Lincoln County Post 455 3-1 3-1 Mint Hill 4-2 4-2 Gaston Post 144-266 4-3 4-3 Queen City 4-3 4-3 Pineville Post 337 2-3 2-3 Gastonia Post 23 2-6 2-6 Union County Post 535 0-1 0-1 Western Division Division Overall Cleveland County […]

6-25-21 roundup: Prep track and baseball, Legion baseball, College baseball and Pro baseball

By Richard Walker Mountain Island Charter’s boys track team won the school’s first team state championship on Friday and Highland Tech’s Lauren Tolbert was the most valuable girls performer in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1A championships at the North Carolina A&T track and field complex. The Raptors runners dominated the meet as […]

Area IV American Legion baseball update (thru June 25)

  American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru June 25) Eastern Division Division Overall Mint Hill 3-1 3-1 Gaston Post 144-266 4-2 4-2 Lincoln County Post 455 2-1 2-1 Queen City 3-3 3-3 Pineville Post 337 2-3 2-3 Gastonia Post 23 1-5 1-5 Union County Post 535 0-0 0-0 Western Division Division Overall Cleveland County […]

Area IV American Legion baseball update (thru June 24)

American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru June 24) Eastern Division Division Overall Gaston Post 144-266 4-1 4-1 Mint Hill 2-1 2-1 Queen City 3-2 3-2 Lincoln County Post 455 1-1 1-1 Gastonia Post 23 1-3 1-3 Union County Post 535 0-0 0-0 Pineville Post 337 0-3 0-3 Western Division Division Overall Burke County Post […]

Area IV American Legion baseball update (thru June 23)

American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru June 23) Eastern Division Division Overall Gaston Post 144-266 4-1 4-1 Mint Hill 2-1 2-1 Queen City 3-2 3-2 Lincoln County Post 455 1-1 1-1 Gastonia Post 23 1-3 1-3 Union County Post 535 0-0 0-0 Pineville Post 337 0-3 0-3 Western Division Division Overall Cleveland County Post […]

Area IV American Legion baseball update (thru June 22)

American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru June 22) Eastern Division Division Overall Gaston Post 144-266 2-1 2-1 Mint Hill 2-1 2-1 Queen City 2-2 2-2 Lincoln County Post 455 1-1 1-1 Gastonia Post 23 1-2 1-2 Union County Post 535 0-0 0-0 Pineville Post 337 0-1 0-1 Western Division Division Overall Cleveland County Post […]

Area IV American Legion baseball update (thru June 21)

American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru June 21) Eastern Division Division Overall Gaston Post 144-266 2-1 2-1 Mint Hill 2-1 2-1 Queen City 2-2 2-2 Lincoln County Post 455 1-1 1-1 Gastonia Post 23 1-2 1-2 Union County Post 535 0-0 0-0 Pineville Post 337 0-1 0-1 Western Division Division Overall Cleveland County Post […]

6-21-21 roundup: Prep baseball, Legion baseball, College baseball and Pro baseball

By Richard Walker Cherryville and East Lincoln led their respective all-conference baseball teams after each team won or shared their league titles. In the Southern Piedmont 1A Conference, Cherryville’s Dalton Pence was named player of the year and Scott Heavner coach of the in voting by league coaches. Pence also was one of five Ironmen […]

Area IV American Legion baseball update (thru June 20)

American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru June 20) Eastern Division Division Overall Lincoln County Post 455 1-0 1-0 Queen City 2-1 2-1 Gaston Post 144-266 1-1 1-1 Mint Hill 1-1 1-1 Gastonia Post 23 1-2 1-2 Union County Post 535 0-0 0-0 Pineville Post 337 0-1 0-1 Western Division Division Overall Asheville Post 70 […]

6-19-21 roundup: Prep baseball and track, Legion baseball, College baseball and Pro baseball

By Richard Walker Mountain Island Charter continues its history-setting high school baseball season after the Raptors advanced to the Western N.C. 1A championship with 4-3 win over visiting Lincoln Charter on Saturday. The Raptors (13-2), who had one playoff victory in school history entering this season, have won three postseason games and will seek a […]

Area IV American Legion baseball update (thru June 19)

American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru June 19) Eastern Division Division Overall Lincoln County Post 455 1-0 1-0 Queen City 2-1 2-1 Gaston Post 144-266 1-1 1-1 Mint Hill 1-1 1-1 Gastonia Post 23 1-2 1-2 Union County Post 535 0-0 0-0 Pineville Post 337 0-1 0-1 Western Division Division Overall Asheville Post 70 […]

6-18-21 roundup: Prep baseball, Legion baseball, College baseball and Pro baseball

By Richard Walker After winning its third straight Big South 3A Conference baseball title, Crest took two of the top honors in postseason voting done by the league’s coaches. Crest senior pitcher and shortstop Ben Hodge was named the league’s player of the year after hitting .500 and going unbeaten (6-0) as a pitcher. And […]

Area IV American Legion baseball update (thru June 18)

American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru June 18) Eastern Division Division Overall Queen City 2-1 2-1 Gaston Post 144-266 1-1 1-1 Gastonia Post 23 1-1 1-1 Mint Hill 1-1 1-1 Lincoln County Post 455 0-0 0-0 Union County Post 535 0-0 0-0 Pineville Post 337 0-1 0-1 Western Division Division Overall Asheville Post 70 […]

Area IV American Legion baseball update (thru June 16)

American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru June 16) Eastern Division Division Overall Gaston Post 144-266 1-0 1-0 Queen City 2-1 2-1 Lincoln County Post 455 0-0 0-0 Pineville Post 337 0-0 0-0 Union County Post 535 0-0 0-0 Gastonia Post 23 0-1 0-1 Mint Hill 0-1 0-1 Western Division Division Overall Asheville Post 70 […]

Area IV American Legion baseball update (thru June 15)

American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru June 15) Eastern Division Division Overall Gaston Post 144-266 1-0 1-0 Queen City 1-1 1-1 Lincoln County Post 455 0-0 0-0 Mint Hill 0-0 0-0 Pineville Post 337 0-0 0-0 Union County Post 535 0-0 0-0 Gastonia Post 23 0-1 0-1 Western Division Division Overall Maiden Post 240 […]

Area IV American Legion baseball update (thru June 14)

American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru June 14) Eastern Division Division Overall Queen City 1-0 1-0 Gaston Post 144-266 0-0 0-0 Lincoln County Post 455 0-0 0-0 Mint Hill 0-0 0-0 Pineville Post 337 0-0 0-0 Union County Post 535 0-0 0-0 Gastonia Post 23 0-1 0-1 Western Division Division Overall Maiden Post 240 […]

Area IV American Legion baseball update (thru June 13)

American Legion 2021 Area IV standings Eastern Division Division Overall Queen City 1-0 1-0 Gaston Post 144-266 0-0 0-0 Lincoln County Post 455 0-0 0-0 Mint Hill 0-0 0-0 Pineville Post 337 0-0 0-0 Union County Post 535 0-0 0-0 Gastonia Post 23 0-1 0-1 Western Division Division Overall Maiden Post 240 1-0 1-0 Asheville […]

6-12-21 roundup: College baseball, Legion baseball, Prep baseball, Pro baseball

By Richard Walker Wingate University completed its comeback run through the NCAA Division II World Series to finish as 2021 baseball national champions. And former Crest standout Logan McNeely was named tournament most valuable player after helping the Bulldogs beat Central Missouri 5-3 in Saturday’s championship game at the USA National Training Complex in Cary. […]

Area IV American Legion baseball update (through June 12)

American Legion 2021 Area IV standings Eastern Division Division Overall Gaston Post 144-266 0-0 0-0 Gastonia Post 23 0-0 0-0 Lincoln County Post 455 0-0 0-0 Mint Hill 0-0 0-0 Pineville Post 337 0-0 0-0 Queen City 0-0 0-0 Western Division Division Overall Asheville Post 70 0-0 0-0 Burke County Post 21 0-0 0-0 Caldwell […]

Lincoln County Post 455’s American Legion baseball team enjoyed a special 2013 season

By Richard Walker The Lincoln County American Legion Post 455 baseball team has historically struggled. The team will enter the 2021 season with a 276-410 all-time record and one winning record in the last 12 seasons. But that season, 2013, was special indeed for the Cardinals of coach Bruce Bolick. Lincoln County made its only […]

Cherryville to host 2021 N.C. Legion state tournament and N.C. Area IV will have 16 teams this summer

By Richard Walker North Carolina American Legion baseball has long been big in the area and 2021 will be no different as top Legion officials make preparations for the new season after the coronavirus pandemic cancelled all games and tournaments in 2020. The pandemic did cause a shift of plans for the N.C. American Legion […]

N.C. state American Legion baseball tournament didn’t start until 2000 but it’s had lots of history and future MLB stars

By Richard Walker The N.C. American Legion state tournament only began in 2000 but has seen all sorts of drama, history and spectacular performances. That includes a 2006 state final featuring two future major leaguers – Morehead City’s Lonnie Chisenhall and Caldwell County’s Madison Bumgarner. Bumgarner would later turn in one of the best pitching […]

How big is American Legion baseball in our area? Cleveland and Gaston counties have hosted 33 Legion national tournaments

By Richard Walker As anyone who lives in the area knows, American Legion baseball has made its World Series home in Shelby. But even before Shelby became the permanent host to Legion’s signature event, this region has been a frequent host to national tournaments – and that started 90 years ago in Gastonia. Gastonia became […]

When Mount Holly-Paw Creek and Kings Mountain met in 1959 Area 4 Legion final, it was historic for both teams

By Richard Walker Mount Holly American Legion Post 152 hasn’t been involved in the sponsorship of a baseball team since 1971. Kings Mountain Post 155 decided to combine forces with Shelby Post 82 to form a Cleveland County post two summers ago. But in the summer of 1959, arguably the best teams Mount Holly and […]

American Legion baseball started locally in 1929 and has produced wins, championships and fans ever since

By Richard Walker Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties have never ranked ranked near the top of the North Carolina population. But they do have arguably the most interest in American Legion baseball as 12 local posts have sponsored teams over the years and won more than 100 championships including two American Legion World Series titles. […]