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 was inducted with Rowan County’s Mark Cauble and Caldwell County’s Terry Melton.
He becomes the 13th Cherryville Post 100 N.C. American Legion Hall of Fame inductee; The others are Ezra V. Moss, Sr. (1971 class), Edmond Sullivan (1972), John R. Smith (1974), John Mosteller (1977), Aaron Moss (1981), Ronald “Scoop” Kiser (1984), Hugh Putnam (1986), Hugh “Buzz” Peeler (1988), Bill Abernethy (1998), Rocky Bennett (2006), Bobby Reynolds (2007) and David “Benny” Blanton (2008).
Queen City 7, Gastonia 6: Gastonia rallied from a 6-1 deficit to tie the score at 6 only to lose when Queen City’s Tommy Hoefling scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the seventh inning. Hoefling had singled earlier in the inning. Prine Mairena, Dalton Thomason and Parker Richards had RBI hits for Gastonia as it had battled back from 6-1 deficit after three innings in the season-opener for both teams at Charlotte’s Southview Recreation Center.
Junior Legion baseball
Cherryville 6, Burns 5: Brayden Reynolds went six innings and yielded two hits and three walks with four strikeouts and Easton Dellinger hit a two-run home run as Cherryville took its season opener.
Gaston County’s only Olympian is making his name as a track coach as Duane Ross’ North Carolina A&T track program was the only one in the country with a top four finish in the men’s and women’s NCAA championships this weekend in Eugene, Ore.
Duane Ross, a 1991 North Gaston High graduate who competed for U.S. in the 2004 Athens Olympics, coached the Aggies’ men’s team to a third-place finish on Friday and the women’s team to a fourth-place finish on Saturday.
Making the finish all that much sweeter is that Duane Ross’ son Randolph Ross won two national titles. Randolph Ross won the 400-meter dash in a time of 43.85 seconds that is the fastest in the world this season, the second-fastest time in NCAA championship meet history and the third-fastest time in college track history. It also was the first national championship won by a North Carolina A&T runner in an outdoor meet.
But Randolph Ross won another national title later on Saturday as he joined Daniel Stokes, Akeem Sirleaf and Trevor Stewart on the Aggies’ national championship-winning 1,600-meter relay team with a time of 3:00.92.
“This young man is special,” Duane Ross told media afterward. “He’s nowhere near his full potential. I’m so proud of him and his national championships as a father and a coach.”
Two Carolinas teams won regionals last weekend to advance to this weekend’s Super Regionals. The full 16-team super regionals pairings and schedule follows:
N.C. State at No. 1 Arkansas
Game 1: Arkansas 21-2
Game 2: N.C. State 6-5
Game 3: N.C. State 3-2 (N.C. State wins series 2-1)
South Florida at No. 2 Texas
Game 1: Texas 4-3 (Texas leads series 1-0)
Game 2: Sunday, late
Game 3 (if necessary): Monday, 4 or 7 p.m.
LSU at No. 3 Tennessee
Game 1: Tennessee 4-2
Game 2: Tennessee 15-6 (Tennesse wins series 2-0)
No. 13 East Carolina at No. 4 Vanderbilt
Game 1: Vanderbilt 2-0
Game 2: Vanderbilt 4-1 (Vanderbilt wins series 2-0)
No. 12 Ole Miss at No. 5 Arizona
Game 1: Arizona 9-3 (Arizona leads series 1-0)
Game 2: Ole Miss 12-3 (Series tied 1-1)
Game 3: Sunday, late
Dallas Baptist vs. Virginia (at Columbia, S.C.)
Game 1: Saturday, Dallas Baptist 6-5 (Dallas Baptist leads series 1-0)
Game 2: Sunday, Virginia 4-0 (Series tied 1-1)
Game 3: Monday, 1 p.m.
No. 10 Notre Dame at No. 7 Mississippi State
Game 1: Mississippi State 9-8
Game 2: Notre Dame 9-1 (Series tie 1-1)
Game 3: Monday, 7 p.m.
No. 9 Stanford at No. 8 Texas Tech
Game 1: Stanford 15-3
Game 2: Stanford 9-0 (Stanford wins series 2-0)
The Gastonia Honey Hunters’ series finale at Lexington on Sunday was cancelled by inclement weather.
Gastonia (7-7) next begins a three-game home series with Southern Maryland on Tuesday at 6:50 p.m.