The American Legion Baseball Area IV Playoffs are scheduled to begin this Sunday, and there are still a few questions to be answered on this year’s seeding process.
One of the top questions being asked is will the seeding be based on winning percentage of games played, or will teams that played a full division schedule get seeded before those teams that did not.
It appears that when the regular season comes to an end on Friday evening, that the eight teams in the Area IV Western Division will all have played at least 13 games of a possible 14-game division schedule. Weather permitting of course.
However, in the Eastern Division, there are several teams that won’t get close to playing the possible 12 games in the 7-team division.
Heading into Thursday night’s action, Union County posted a 1-3 record, with just four games played on the season. Lincoln County had competed in six games, compiling a 4-2 record, and Queen City and Pineville had played in just 8 contests.
The main reason for the low number of games played is most likely attributed to the delayed high school baseball season lasting into late June.
The decision on how the 2021 seeding process will work probably won’t be answered until Saturday’s pairings meeting in Cherryville.
What we do know, though, is that Cherryville Post 100 and Cleveland County Post 82-155 finished tied for the top spot in the Western Division with 10-4 records.
If all 15 teams in Area IV do participate in the playoffs, it is very likely that Cherryville and Cleveland will draw for the top seed out of the West and receive a first-round bye. The two seed would likely play Gastonia Post 23 in the opening round, the Eastern Division’s seventh seed.
If teams are seeded based solely on winning percentage, Lincoln County would be the two-seed out of the East and take on the Western Division’s seventh seed. As of Thursday, that could be either Caldwell County, Asheville, Maiden or Burke County.
Mint Hill appears to have locked up the top seed from the East, and should face Hickory in the first round.
No matter the seeding process or the matchups, the Area IV playoffs are set to get underway this Sunday, July 4 with a best-of-5 series beginning at the higher seeds.
The North Carolina American Legion Baseball State Tournament is set for July 27 through August 1 at Fraley Field in Cherryville, with the Mid-Atlantic Regional scheduled for August 3-8 in Asheboro.
The American Legion World Series is set for August 12 through 17 in Shelby. (Published July 2, 2021)