Bragging rights remain in a dead-even tie as an exact equal number of teams – four apiece in fact – hailing from both the Southern and Northern division have earned the right to advance into the quarterfinal round of postseason play in the Area III portion of American Legion Senior Division baseball playoffs.
Play in the second round is on tap to take place through the end of the week.
Four teams apiece from the two divisions all starting taking aim at the Area III title and an automatic accompanying berth into later this month’s North Carolina American Legion Championship as of Tuesday night.
From the Southern Division ranks that also includes Mooresville’s Gresham-Baker Post 66 among its half dozen members, the crew comprised of No. 1 seed Concord, No. 3 seed Rowan County, No. 4 seed Stanly County and No. 5 seed Mocksville took different routes to merit second-round appearances.
Meanwhile, hailing from the Northern Division field, the roster features No. 1 seed Randolph County, No. 2 seed Davidson County, No. 3 seed High Point and No. 7 seed Eastern Randolph.
Post 66’s Moors came up short in their attempt to join the crowd after being eliminated in the first-round of the playoffs by Northern Division entry Eastern Randolph.
Opening games of the quarterfinal round series were scheduled to take place Tuesday night.
Pairings guaranteed that at least two members of each of the divisions will also make it as far as next week’s Area III semifinal-round phase. That is the case as two of the quarterfinal round match-ups pit teams from the same division against each other.
In an all Southern Division tangle, Concord – the regular season champ – squares off against Mocksville for a berth in the semifinals. Meanwhile, a Northern Division-only pairing pits High Point against Eastern Randolph.
Other bouts find Randolph County facing off against Stanly County, and Davidson County bucking heads with Rowan County in showdowns pitting rival division foes against each other.
All of the second-round showdowns are slated to take place in the form of best-of-five-game series sets. The higher-seeded entry in each of the series reserves the right to host all odd-numbered outings of the respective consecutive-night and alternating-site affairs.
From the quarterfinals, surviving teams will advance on into the Area III semis slated to get underway early next week. That portion of play will also be held under a first-to-win-three-games format.