NEWTON — Visiting Cherryville spoiled opening night for Post 48 on Friday in American Legion baseball, beating Hickory 8-5 in a nine-inning game at Henkel-Alley Field.
Hickory is at home on Monday night at 7 p.m., facing Maiden Post 240, and goes to Maiden High to play Post 240 again on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.
This season’s West Division of Area IV has nine teams – Asheville, Burke County, Burnsville, Caldwell County, Cherryville, Henderson County, Hickory, Rutherford County and Taylorsville – and they’ll play a 16-game division schedule.
Maiden is playing in a 10-team East Division that includes the Gaston Braves, Gastonia, Huntersville, Lincoln County, Kings Mountain, Mint Hill, Pineville, Shelby and Union County. The Area IV division will have 18 division games.
The postseason is scheduled to begin on July 7, with the state tournament set for July 26-30 at High Point, the Southeast Regional scheduled Aug. 1-5 in Asheboro and the Legion World Series returns to Shelby on Aug. 16-21.