If ever a team is ready for a change of direction, the Mooresville-based Senior Division entry into American Legion baseball qualifies.
The Gresham-Baker Post 66 Moors found little out on the diamond to celebrate over the course of the recent Memorial Day holiday, dropping all three of their scheduled road games over the span of as many days to also stretch a current losing skid to four games overall.
The Moors, still yet to engage in a Southern Division of Area III contest, extended their recent slump in the form of a 21-5 defeat exacted in less than the required number or regulation innings to Rowan County.
Prior to that outing, Post 66 dropped back-to-back decisions by scores of 13-3 to Randolph County as well as by an 8-5 tally to Albemarle’s Stanly County crew.
As a result, Post 66 observes as welcome early-season schedule break before resuming play owning a 1-4 overall mark.
At Rowan County, in play held at Newman Park on the campus of Catawba College, a preview between fellow SD-Area III rivals resulted in Mooresville suffering the decided defeat. It was rendered in what was the first of as many as four tabled tilts to take place between the two familiar foes. Only the final two of those affairs, on track to be held the middle of next month, will officially count within the division standings.
The Moors’ Brandon Manchester, one of five different pitchers to see some mound duty, was shouldered with the loss.
At the plate, Post 66’s Jaxon Mays swatted a double to drive that drove in a run, while the crew consisting of Dawson Salter, Mason Staz, Ty Staz, Scotty Diekman and Brock Mokoff all chimed in with a base hit each.
At Asheboro, Gresham-Baker was denied the chance to get a let up in the set with the 13-3 loss.
Starting pitcher Mays was saddled with the loss.
Staz was joined by Cole Robbins in piling up a pair of base hits each. One of Robbins’ shots was good for a two-run double. Diekman was accompanied by Jermi Green and Trent Little with a base knock each.
On the trip to Albemarle to take on Stanly County on the Pfeiffer College campus, the Moors made some noise late before being dealt the 8-5 defeat. Post 66 was limited to just two hits heading into the sixth inning of the seven-frame contest.
Starting Moors pitcher Dylan Arment was tagged with the loss.
Offensively, Diekman spanked a double as one of his two hits and also scored twice. Sam Crone socked a double to account for a pair of runs batted in. Mokoff and David Brennan both added a base hit each.
Mooresville will next turn its attention to what matters most when also throwing out the first pitch in pivotal SD-Area III play facing off against Kannapolis at Northwest Cabarrus High School field Thursday.
Post 66 will then make its initial homefield appearance of the season to date against Rowan County in another non-league outing Friday prior to polishing off the league-counting series with Kannapolis at home Saturday night. Friday’s and Saturday’s games will be held on the Mooresville High School baseball field.
All games feature 7 p.m. start times.