Mooresville Moors first baseman Gage Smith centers in on pickoff throw attempt from pitcher David Brannen as Post 66 prepares for postseason phase of play.


Wait richly rewarded.

Mooresville’s Gresham-Baker Post 66 American Legion baseball team has been awarded the next-best status among its fellow Southern Division of Area III members and the number-one position slot on tap for opening-round in Area III postseason play.

The Moors, idle for nearly a week while the remainder of the crowd applied the finishing touches to their respective regular-season schedules, secured the No. 2 seeded status in their SD-Area II ranks. The Moors surfaced as highest standing among the four teams to receive the home field advantage for the initial phase of the playoffs.

Post 66 completed its campaign with a 6-4 record in SD-Area II. Mooresville finished second by a single game behind regular-season champion Concord Post 51, a team against which Post 66 salvaged a split of the regular season series, in the final standings that were not secured until mere days before the scheduled start of the postseason play.

Post 66, fielding an overall 8-13 record, shored up the number-two slot for home field advantage for the opening segment of the playoffs. First-round action must be completed no later than Monday and takes the shape of consecutive-night, alternating-site showdowns in a best-of-three-game series to determine teams for this week’s second-round play.

Mooresville, out of its SD-Area III roster consisting of a total of six teams, was matched up against Northern Division of Area III seventh-place entry Eastern Randolph in opening-round play. Results from the first-to-win-two-games affair were not available for this edition.

The two teams did not square off against each other during the course of regular season play.

The series scheduled to take place between the Moors and East Randolph accounted for one of as many as five similar showdowns to constitute the full first-round schedule.

Additional match-ups find fellow SD-Area III foes Rowan County and Stanly County are facing off against rival ND-Area III members Greensboro and Kernersville.

Greensboro garnered its seven-team circuit’s No. 6 seed, while Kernersville logged in with that same grouping’s No. 5 seed.

Meanwhile, additional first-round pairings pits the Southern Division’s No. 5 seed Mocksville-Davie against the Northern Division’s No. 4 seed Stokes County, as well as SD’s No. 6 seed Kannapolis opposite the ND’s No. 3 seeded High Point.

As reward for their regular season efforts, Southern Division regular-season champion Concord joins the duo of Northern Division winner Randolph County and runner-up Davidson County received first-round byes.

The winner of the Mooresville vs. Eastern Randolph series will move on to second-round play set to get underway no later than Tuesday night and will face off against the winner of the Kannapolis vs. High Point series set.

Throughout the playoffs, teams with the higher-seeded status will reserve the right to host all odd-numbered games of their series sessions.

Weather could be a factor in all of the games.

In situations where only one game of the opening-round series can take place prior to the completion deadline, that winner will be declared the first-round winner.

In cases where all games of a series are unable to be played due to weather-related issues, the team that wins the first game will also be determined as the victor.

Round two series affairs will be the first of two rounds that will be held under a best-of-five-games format.

Area III postseason play is slate to continue through most of the remaining month of July in order to determine the two teams from the cast to represent the region in the North Carolina American Legion Championship also scheduled to get underway later this month.

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