The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)


July 7, 2013

Stanly County Legion team advances in Playoffs

Post 76 sweeps Southern Rowan in best-of-five series

Sunday, July 7, 2013 —

The indications entering the opening-round best-of-five playoff series this week between the American Legion baseball teams of No. 3-seeded Stanly County and No. 2 Southern Rowan was that the higher seed was on a hotter streak.

Southern Rowan had won three of its final four games in the regular season, including a 4-1 win over Stanly and a 9-0 lead in a suspended game at Stanly that was cancelled and never replayed. Post 76 had lost three of its final four games of the regular season.

The playoffs were a different story. After rain forced cancellation of the opening game Tuesday, the weather held off for the two teams play and Stanly got solid pitching as Post 76 swept the series in three straight games.

Game One

Stanly County 4

Southern Rowan 2

With the threat of rain all around China Grove and South Rowan High School, the opening game of the series on Wednesday night was played in front of a large yet relatively quiet crowd all likely anticipating yet another weather delay.

After numerous bags of Turface and a 30-minute delay in preparing the field, the two teams were finally able to open their first-round series.

Stanly jumped out to the early lead in the series behind solid pitching and two hits from their designated hitter to win 4-2.

Game Two

Stanly County 6

Southern Rowan 2

Stanly took advantage of an early  error and took a lead they would never relinquish in a 6-2 win at Don Montgomery Park.

Cody McKenzie pitched 7.2 solid innings for Stanly, allowing two earned runs with six strikeouts.

Game Three

Stanly County 5

Southern Rowan 1

The final game of the series was a pitcher’s duel that needed an extra inning to decide matters.

Three pitchers for Stanly combined to limit South Rowan to a single run through nine innings while Southern starter John Daugherty  scattered six Stanly hits  and had only one walk with three strikeouts over the first nine.

Post 76 broke through on Southern reliever Tyler Sides and scored four times in the 10th to clinch the series three games to none with a 5-1 road victory.

For pictures, stats and more on the games, see the July 7 print edition.

Text Only
  • hunterdavis.jpg Stanly County Baseball Notebook

    In high school baseball games this week, West Stanly faced a non-conference matchup before two critical Rocky River Conferene games, while Albemarle also ventured out of conference play with a home game against West Montgomery.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • tjsmith.jpg North Stanly's T.J. Smith receives offer to play football at Dartmouth

    It was last spring when North Stanly head coach Ralph Jackson was approached by a student who wanted more than anything to become a Divsion. I collegiate football player.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pfeiffer women's basketball coach resigns

    Pfeiffer head women’s basketball coach Roy Dow resigned his position with the university on Monday, according to school officials.

    April 17, 2014

  • jayandrew.jpg Gray Stone wins golf match at Tillery Tradition; Albemarle's Jay Andrew wins medalist honors

    In a Yadkin Valley Conference West golf matchup on Monday at the Tillery Tradition Golf Club in Mount Gilead, the Gray Stone Knights claimed the team win but it was an Albemarle golfer that claimed the individual title.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • ws1600.jpg West Stanly girls place third at RRC track meet

    The Rocky River Conference championship track meet was held this past Wednesday at Monroe High School.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • aaronroten.jpg South Stanly tennis tops North Stanly

    Monday’s tennis matches marked the end of the regular season for the teams of the Yadkin Valley Conference West.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • hopemoua.jpg Gray Stone girls' soccer earns wins

    The Gray Stone women’s soccer team rebounded from the team’s first loss of the season to Union Academy by winning the next four matches on the schedule, including wins over North Moore 7-0, Chatham Central 10-1 and a 7-0 win over South Stanly on Monday night.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • bomb1 VIDEO: A year after marathon bombing, Boston remains strong

    The City of Boston came together Tuesday to honor those who were injured and lost their lives at the Boston Marathon on the one-year anniversary of the bombing. While the day was sure to be emotional, those affected by last year's race are showing they won't let the tragedy keep them down.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • tylerhuneycutt.jpg Stanly County Baseball Notebook

    In high school baseball games this week, conference play was the focus as the teams of Stanly County faced key conference challenges.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • heidismith.jpg Stanly County Softball Notebook

    In high school softball games this week, West Stanly moved one game closer to clinching the regular-season conference title, while North Stanly faced Queen’s Grant in a doubleheader.

    April 14, 2014 2 Photos

Twitter Updates
Seasonal Content