Mooresville baseball

Mooresville Post 66 Moors base runner Gage Smith dives head first safely into first base to avoid a possible pickoff play. 

Unlike beggars, Mooresville’s Gresham-Baker Post 66 American Legion Senior Division-level baseball team can, indeed, be choosy.

Good thing.

Engaging in consecutive-night, at-home games, the Moors selectively chose to capture a win in the one that carried the most clout when gloving a split.

After christening play on the team’s home Mooresville High School field with a 10-2 defeat at the hands of Rowan County in a contest that did not count within the crucial Southern Division of Area III ranks, Mooresville righted its ship just in time to pin down an 8-1 triumph over Kannapolis that did, indeed, merit SD-Area III meaning.

As a result, the Moors—Iredell County’s only Senior Division entry on the American Legion baseball front – head back into limited play this week owning a 3-5 overall record that includes a solid 2-0 start to matters carrying full circuit-counting clout.

Facing off against K-Town, the story of the night took place out on the Moors’ pitching mound. That’s where starting, distance-doing and – naturally – winning pitcher Dawson Salter patrolled to post the 8-1 decision.

A Lake Norman High School product, Salter went the full seven inning distance and allowed the lone run on just four hits while setting down a total of 11 Kannapolis batters on strikes.

Support from the Moors came in welcome waves. South Iredell product Trent Little’s run-scoring single staked the hosts to the early lead, and a pair of multiple runs batted in belts off the bat of Lake Norman product Gage Smith served to pad the margin. Smith clubbed a ground-rule double in the fourth that plated two runs, and the infielder’s second clutch hit of the night coming in the home half of the fifth frame drove two more teammates home.

For the game, Smith finished with three hits and a total of four RBI. Jermi Green collected two hits, one of them a double, and joined Little with a run driven in. Mason Staz, Scottie Diekman, Cole Robbins and Jaxon Mays all added to the effort with single base knocks each.

A night earlier and opposite Rowan County, it wound up being a good thing in the part of the Moors in the 10-2 defeat that also darkened their regular-season home field debut.

Starting Post 66 pitcher Dylan Arment was tagged with the loss.

Offensively, Staz collected three hits, one of them good for a triple, while Ty Staz paired base hits and Salter pitched in with a solo shot to boot.

Mooresville heads back into action this week slated to appear in the third of a string of four straight home games stretched over the course of a near two-week span when taking on non-league entry Cherryville in a scheduled nine-inning affair on tap to take place Wednesday night also on the MHS diamond.

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