8/11/2019 8:52:00 AM Randolph County Hopes For 'Three-Peat' Still Alive
Wayne Howard Staff Writer
Randolph County Post #45 has been to back-to-back American Legion World Series in their home state, but it looked like that streak might be over after a 6-2 loss to Vienna, Virginia, Post #180 on Thursday. They had opened play on Wednesday with an 11-5 win over Hamburg, NY, Post #527. The Randolph County team responded with an 11-6 win over Middletown, Delaware, Post #25 and moved on to Saturday, where they beat Morgantown, West Virginia Post #2 7-5 to earn a spot in Sunday's championship game.
After being eliminated in the state championship series at Cherryville's Fraley Field the last weekend in July, Randolph County got to the Regional Championship series at Asheboro only because they are this year's host team.
North Carolina state champion Wilmington Post #10 didn't fare as well. They lost games Thursday (9-4 to Morgantown) and Friday (8-3 to Hamburg) to end their season.
On Sunday afternoon at 1:30, Randolph County will face unbeaten Vienna, Virginia, Post #180 needing back-to-back wins over that team to claim a trip to the American Legion World Series at Shelby next weekend. If they win the first game, the second will be played after a short break.
Vienna Post #180 beat Brooklawn, New Jersey, Post #72 on Wednesday 8-7; then topped Randolph County on Thursday; Morgantown on Friday 15-1; and Hamburg 6-2 on Saturday.
The American Legion World Series begins Thursday (Aug. 15th) at Veterans Field (Keeter Stadium) in Shelby. The first game will be Thursday morning at 10 AM. Thursday is Senior Citizens Day. Those 55 or older can get a free ticket at the ticket office.
Country star Martina McBride sang for the 7th Inning Stretch Festival on Saturday (Aug. 10th) in uptown Shelby.
After four games on Thursday, Friday's games will be at 4 & 7 PM. Saturday (Aug. 17th) is Military Appreciation Day. All active military and veterans will be admitted free (pick up ticket at ticket office). Before the 1 PM game Medal of Honor winner Hal Fritz will be saluted.
Sunday will be Atrium Health Salute to Healthy Living Day. All medical personnel will be able to get a free ticket. Games will begin at 1 PM.
Monday (Aug. 19th) will be Youth Athletic Day. Student athletes wearing a team jersey will be admitted free. The semifinal games will be played at 4 & 7 PM.
The championship will be on Tuesday (Aug. 20th) at 6:30 PM.
CLICK HERE for a schedule of games, all of which will be televised on one of the ESPN channels.
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