It felt good to flush this one from the system.
That wound up being the sentiment on the part of Mooresville’s Gresham-Baker Post 66 Senior Division-level American Legion baseball team.
Back in action for the first time in exactly a week due to a by-design break in the season’s schedule, the Moors experienced trouble shaking off the rust with a 14-1 defeat by non-division foe Randolph County.
The loss also dealt Post 66 its second straight setback dating back to that last appearance in one of the final scheduled showings prior to the season’s stretch-run push involving a host of contests carrying full Southern Division of Area III clout.
With the defeat, Mooresville headed back into play for the weekend owning a 4-7 overall record while still standing tied atop the SD-Area III standings with a 2-0 record.
At home Thursday night to face off against Northern Division of Area III foe Randolph County, a bid to avenge an earlier-season decision to the Asheboro area-based foe, soured beginning in the fourth frame. Trailing by a 3-1 count, Mooresville surrendered multiple runs in the top halves of each remaining inning concluding five Randolph runs in the visiting half of the seventh.
After the Moors Gage Smith collected a base hit — just the home team’s third of the game overall - to start the bottom half of the final inning, teammate Mason Staz worked a walk that gave Post 66 the possible makings of a rally. However, that hope was rapidly put the rest when Randolph’s defense turned a rare triple play to bring the at-bat to a close.
The outcome was rendered in what was the opener of a three-game stretch of games taking place against ND-Area III opposition coming prior to the beginning of the most meaningful phase of regular season play.
The Moors entered the weekend slated to follow up late Saturday’s trip to take on Kernersville by returning to their Mooresville High School home field to entertain High Point’s Hi-Toms on Sunday.
Beginning with a visit to Rowan County Monday night in play at Newman Park on the campus of Catawba College, all but one of the remaining nine games appearing on Post 66’s agenda, take place against common SD-Area III counterparts. Results from those games will be used to determine postseason positioning for that phase of play that gets underway early next month.