One for all.
That’s the way matters have now mapped out in regard to the dwindling hopes of the Southern Division’s dream of housing this season’s Area III Senior Division American Legion baseball champion.
One of the six SD-Area III members, including the Mooresville-based Gresham Baker Post 66 Moors, has earned the right to make it as far as this week’s semifinal round of ongoing Area III-wide postseason play.
Mocksville-Davie, the Southern Division’s No. 5-seeded entry, rode a second straight upset win in a playoff series set to emerge as the only divisional entry to advance to this week’s third-round equivalent to a semifinal of the Area III postseason.
Mocksville-Davie defeated fellow SD rival Concord, the regular-season champion and resulting top-seeded entry, by a 3-to-1 margin in the consecutive-night second-round series in the best-of-five format to move on to this week’s third-round play.
Mocksville-Davie joins the all-Northern Division cast comprised of that seven-team group’s No. 1 seed Randolph County, No. 2 seed Davidson County and No. 3-seed High Point for the Area III semifinals.
Mocksville is matched up against Davidson County in one of the two series to determine the area’s two finalists. Naturally, that serves to pit Randolph County opposite High Point in the other semifinals set.
The outcomes carry crucial meaning for all participants.
The two teams surfacing as Area III finalists will be assured of securing coveted invites into the North Carolina American Legion Championships later this month. The top two teams will be guaranteed state finals bids.
The two Area III finalists will face off against each other in a best-of-three-games series to determine the top two seeds for pending state championship appearances.
Mooresville’s Moors fashioned a runner-up placement within the Southern Division ranks during the course of regular-season play before being eliminated during the course of opening-round postseason play. They can secure some sort of gratification over the fact that they were able to defeat current Area III semifinalist Mocksville-Davie two times to sweep that home-and-home series during their only regular-season meetings.
Winners from this week’s semifinals play for seeding for the state championships that will be held in Cherryville beginning early next week. The North Carolina finals will involve the top two teams from each of the state’s four areas. The winner from that double-elimination affair will advance to the American Legion World Series to take place in North Carolina early next month.