Steubenville headed to North Carolina

STEUBENVILLE – The Post 33 baseball team is in for a treat and a couple of major tests when it travels to Shelby, N.C., this weekend.

The treat will involve playing five games on Veterans Field at Keeter Stadium, the home of the American Legion World Series. The tests will come when Mark Stacy’s club goes up against Shelby Post 82 along with Post 109 from Gaffney, S.C.

“It’s a beautiful facility, just a super place,” Stacy said. “Coach Mo (Don Morrison) and I went down there to watch Stevie Davis play about 15 miles from the stadium. We went over to see Keeter because we knew the Word Series is held there.

“We’ve been trying to get this trip for a couple of years and finally were able to arrange it.”

Shelby-Cleveland County, N.C., became the permanent home of the ALWS in 2010. The first series was played at Keeter in 2011 and the area will continue to host the event until 2029.

On July 2, the collegiate national teams from the U.S. and Chinese Taipei will square off inside Keeter. The 2014 ALWS is scheduled for Aug. 14-19.

Post 33 will play its first game at 7 p.m. Friday against Shelby. On Saturday, it will square off opposite Hickory, N.C., at noon before testing Gaffney (a 4:30 p.m. start). Sunday’s schedule has Post 33 battling Belton, S.C., at 2 p.m. and Shelby again at 7.

“Traditionally, Shelby is one of the better teams in N.C.,” Stacy noted. “Gaffney also has a strong team year in and year out. Napoleon, Ohio, will be there also as will Wilmington, N.C., which was a World Series team last season.

“We’ll be playing some really good teams, so we’re going to find out how good we really are.”