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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 […]

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 […]

6-13-21 roundup: Legion baseball, College track and baseball, Pro baseball

By Richard Walker Cherryville American Legion Post 100’s Jerry Hudson was inducted into the North Carolina American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame on Saturday in Raleigh during the annual North Carolina American Legion convention. Hudson, currently the N.C. Area IV commissioner, also is a longtime Cherryville Post 100 athletic officer. Hudson was inducted with Rowan […]

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 […]

6-11-21 roundup: College baseball, Legion baseball, Prep baseball

By Richard Walker Wingate wasn’t just satisfied with making its first NCAA Division II World Series. The Bulldogs’ fourth straight win at the event at the USA National Training Complex in Cary – an 8-7, 11-inning thriller over Angelo State – will give the school the chance to play for a national championship on Saturday. […]

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 […]

N.C. Legion state tournament will be coming to Cleveland County in 2021

By Richard Walker Kings Mountain High School’s Lancaster Field is set to become a first-time host of the North Carolina American Legion championship tournament The facility was granted the 2020 tournament before the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled all Legion tournaments locally, regionally and nationally. And the 2021 event is based on COVID-19 conditions and has to […]

Former Pineville Post 337, Charlotte Christian pitcher gets top major league award

By Richard Walker Former Pineville American Legion Post 337 pitcher Daniel Bard was honored with a top major league baseball award on Thursday. Bard, a 2003 Charlotte Christian graduate, was named National League Comeback Player of the Year. Bard, 35, returned to the major leagues for the first time since 2013 with the Colorado Rockies […]

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. […]