2014 a success for Post 29

Jul. 15, 2014 @ 09:56 PM

The 2014 season for Caldwell County Post 29 was nothing short of a success for first-year head coach Myron Day and the rest of the 29ers.

“I am not disappointed in any way with the effort the players and the coaches put forth,” Day said. “The only disappointment is we fell short of our goal of winning a state championship.

“I would like to thank the players and the coaches for devoting their time to legion baseball,” said Day. “I’d also like to thank the legion for everything they’ve done for us. They make Post 29 baseball a class act by treating us so well.”

In Day’s first season as head coach, he recalls his favorite moment from the 2014 season with a big victory over an archrival.

“My favorite moment has to be the 14-2 victory over Cherryville,” he said. “Beating Cherryville is always the highlight of the season. It’s even more gratifying when you can beat them in such a dominating fashion.”

Post 29 finished the regular season with an overall record of 14-9 and an Area IV West Division record of 9-9. The 29ers earned the No. 5 seed out of the West Division for the playoffs.

In the first round, Caldwell claimed a 3-2 series victory over Mint Hill Post 4059 to advance. However, Post 29 would be knocked out in the second round of the Area IV playoffs for the second straight year. Shelby Post 82 swept the best-of-five series 3-0. Following the series loss to Shelby, Caldwell finished the season an overall record of 17-14.

“There were a lot more highs than lows,” said Day. “We’ll learn from some things we did this year to get better next year. We have 14 players eligible to return so we’re really looking forward to next season.”

Losing to Shelby Post 82 is nothing to be ashamed of. Shelby has compiled an overall record of 36-1 and is 9-0 in the postseason. Post 82 has swept the first three series of the playoffs to advance to the championship and earn its second straight N.C. state tournament bid. Shelby has not lost a game since its 3-1 loss at home to Henderson County Post 77 back on June 1.

“In my opinion, they’ll (Shelby) end up in the World Series on their own field,” Day said. “That’s my wish for them. We certainly didn’t see any team as good as them. They are a class act and I wish them the best of luck.”

Next year’s Post 29 squad has the ability to be a great team. Just four players from this year’s roster will not be eligible. The four players not eligible to return are Austin Miller, John Austin, Zac Walker and Taylor Powell.