Western Forsyth Post 522 Blue begins state tournament play Thursday
Published 7:09 pm Monday, July 18, 2022
Post 522 Blue is a No. 1 seed in the Stripes Division in the American Legion State Championship
Western Forsyth Post 522 has rolled right into the American Legion baseball state championship tournament as No. 1 seed in the Stripes division, with play getting underway in Thomasville Thursday night.
Post 522 Blue will enter the state tournament on a 10-game winning streak, including a thrilling walk-off win against Stokes Legion on Sunday night to secure the Area 3 championship.
Post 522 swept its opening round series in the Area 3 tournament against Hi Toms and its second round series against Kannapolis, a 2-0 shutout in Game 1 and a 5-2 win in Game 2 to set up the game with Stokes to determine the No. 1 seed.
After letting a 6-4 lead slip away in the seventh inning against Stokes, the teams went to extra innings. Post 522 Blue allowed a leadoff walk, reliever Chris Cornett struck out the final two batters in the eighth.
In Post 522’s half of the eighth, Christian Cooper led off with a walk and advanced to second base on a wild pitch and made it to third on a ground out.
With one out, Parker Lowed laced a single to centerfield that scored Cooper, giving Post 522 Blue the win and extra momentum heading into the state championship tournament.
Post 522 Blue will open pool play Thursday at 4 p.m. against South Caldwell Post 29, the No. 2 seed from Area 4 at Truist Point.
It will take on Kinston Post 43, the No. 1 seed from Area 1, on Friday at 10 a.m. at Finch Field. It will close out pool play on Saturday at 12:45 against Pembroke Post 50, also at Truist Point.
The top two teams from each pool will play in the semifinals on Sunday, with the championship game set for Monday at 2 p.m. at Finch Field.
Team members are: Cameron Huie, Chris Cornett, Christian Cooper, Corey Kellam, Ethan Chandler, Evan Hewett, Garrett Secrist, Graham Wagoner, Hayden Magaha, J.D. Chappell, Jonathan Howard, Jordan Richardson, Logan Rodriguez, Luis Acevedo, Parker Lowe and William Siceloff.
The team is coached by Jon McIntosh, Patrick Murphy, Phil Childers and Todd Reek