29ers set for final stretch
After a week long layoff, Caldwell County Post 29 will return to action on Thursday as the 29ers welcome first-place Shelby Post 82.
"We're looking forward to getting back to the friendly confines of M.S. Deal Stadium on Thursday," said Caldwell head coach Myron Day. "Shelby is one of the best teams we've faced all season."
Post 29 (10-4 overall, 5-4 Area IV West) last played on Wednesday, June 11 at Kings Mountain Post 155. The 29ers surrendered six unanswered runs, resulting in a 6-4 loss. Caldwell sits in fifth place in the division, as Shelby sits in second at 6-1. The top seven teams in the division are all within four games of each other.
"There's still a lot of good teams that haven't played each other so there's plenty of big games still left to be played," Day said. "It's an exciting part of the season and the division is up for grabs. We'll see how the seedings work out for the playoffs."
Caldwell has 10 games remaining on its schedule, nine of which are division game. Eight of the final 10 games will be played at home. Those 10 games will be played in a span of 10 days.
"With the week off for graduation, we should be well rested and ready to go," Day said. "A lot of the other teams have been playing so we hope that gives us an advantage. We feel we have as good a chance as anybody and we hope things fall our way, and we can stay healthy."
Following the Shelby game on Thursday, Post 29 will host Henderson on Friday, Cherryville on Saturday and a doubleheader with Asheville on Sunday. The 29ers will host Moundsville, W. Va. in a non-conference game on Monday and will have Tuesday off. Kings Mountain comes to town on June 25, before the 29ers hit the road to take on Hickory and Burke County on June 26 and 27 respectively. Post 29 will close out its regular season with a home game against Rutherford County on June 28.