SILER CITY — The up-and-down season for the Chatham American Legion Post 292 baseball team has continued into conference play.
Ahead of a Wednesday double-header against Post 87 HiToms, which occurred after press time, Post 292 has an overall record of 6-12. The team wraps up regular season play Thursday on the road against Randolph County Post 45.
On Monday night, Post 292 split a double-header with Foothills Post 123, winning the first game 9-5 and losing the second 4-5. Chatham’s top bat in the victory was recent Jordan-Matthews grad Jackson Headen, who was 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI.
All four runs in Post 292’s 5-4 loss in Game 2 came courtesy of Chatham Central rising senior Joaquin Gordon, who was 2-for-3 with a home run and the four RBI.
Post 292 opened the AREA III conference slate June 23 and has gone 3-5 against league competition.
For the season, Post 292’s top hitter has been Headen, who is hitting .444 this season while leading the team in hits (20) and RBI (11). Grace Christian’s Brandon Crabtree has hit .458 with two home runs and 11 RBI, while Chatham Central rising junior Matt Murchison is batting .424 with two home runs and seven RBI.
Things have been a bit rougher on the mound, where Chatham has combined for a 6.69 team ERA so far this season. The majority of the innings pitched this season have been by Chatham Central rising senior Anthony Lopossay and recent Southeast Guilford grad Chanceler Terry, who have allowed 60 hits and 36 earned runs over 47.1 combined innings this summer.
The North Carolina state tournament will be held July 25-29 at Campbell University in Buies Creek. From there, teams will compete in the Southeast regional tournament on Aug. 2-6 in Asheboro before the American Legion World Series takes place in Shelby from Aug. 10-15.