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August 17, 2017

American Legion World Series Opens Thursday in Shelby

Perennial North Carolina American Legion baseball power Randolph County Post 4 is to return to the American Legion Baseball World Series for the fourth time in the past nine seasons.  Randolph County Post 45  was the runner-up team from North Carolina in the Southeast Regional and the host team for the series played in Asheboro the first weekend in August. Randolph County Post 45 defeated Florida 15 to 2 to earn the berth at the World Series. They will face Hopewell, New Jersey Post 339 who celebrated a 10 to 6 win over Ephrata, Pennsylvania on Sunday afternoon to win the Mid-Atlantic Regional.  This will be the first American Legion World Series appearance for Hopewell Post 339 but their hopes are to take the World Series Championship Trophy to New Jersey as teams from Brooklawn, New Jersey did in 2013 and 2014. Post 339 has a current season record of 38 and 9. The last time a team from Mercer County, New Jersey won an American Legion Baseball World Series Championship  was Trenton in 1948. Randolph County North Carolina Post 45 and Hopewell New Jersey Post 339 will meet  Thursday at 8:15 p.m. at Keeter Stadium in Shelby, North Carolina. The tournament will commence on Thursday at 9:20 a.m.. ESPN Three has the contract to provide television coverage for the preliminary games. The championships  will be broadcast on ESPN-U.

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