Remember the crack of the bat, the roar of the crowd, and the smell of fresh popcorn? Relive those good times as the 2017 North Carolina Junior American Legion Baseball State Championship Tournament kicks off in Mocksville on Friday, July 14th.
The tournament will be held at Rich Park’s Mando Field from July 14th– 18th .
A game pass is only $6 per day with multiple games played daily. The tournament is an eight-team, double-elimination tournament. The eight-team field will consist of four area champions, three runner-ups and the host team, Mocksville. Mocksville has competed in the North Carolina Junior State tournament twice, once in Salisbury (2004) and once in Cherryville (2007).
According to Charles Kurfees, former player and Junior Legion team coach, the first game will begin around 9 a.m. At 7 p.m. there will be an opening ceremony that will include military festivities. Mocksville will play following the ceremony.
He encourages the community to pack the park for these junior players like they did for the senior players on “Turn Back the Clock Night” June 29th.
“The tournament should draw a large crowd and be a fun event for everyone.”
2017 State Tournament Awarded to Mocksville – Just the Beginning?
The tournament is hosted by Mocksville-Davie American Legion Baseball Post 174/Post 54, which won the bid from the state baseball commissioners in March.
Kurfees hopes that if the Post does well with this tournament, it will be elected to host a Senior tournament in the future. A tournament like this creates a tremendous positive on the local economy. The 2016 World Series Tournament held in Shelby, NC reported an attendance of over 117,000 fans!
Kurfees feels that “the Legion program is an excellent experience for high school age youth and that participation in the program instills an attitude of hard work, teamwork and friendly competition.” He added that there are no fees to play. All transportation, uniforms, food and lodging is provided free of charge by the American Legion.
Rich Park is located at 299 Cemetery Street in Mocksville. For more information about the tournament, email Charles Kurfees.