Rutherford County's American Legion Post 423 baseball team ended the regular season undefeated (16-0) and won the Western half title for the first time since 2001. They played Mint Hill in the first round and would get Gastonia or Asheville if they were to keep on rolling.
Forest City Owls
The Owls started off the second half of the season 3-1 and have 22 games left to find a way into the postseason as they have made it in during eight of the 10 opportunities. They are at home with a double-header on Friday the 13th and host Martinsville on the 16th.
Well, that was quite an interest Coke Zero 400 from Daytona last week. The race centered around Ricky Stenhouse Jr. There was no question that the first big accident of the night wasn't Ricky's fault, but rather William Byron for choosing to try and block both lanes down the backstretch. Stenhouse contacted Brad Keselowski which sent off a huge pile up.
Note to Byron, when you try to block down the backstretch, you can only pick one lane when two trains are behind. When you drop down one lane and lose just slight RPM, the train behind you has nowhere to go but to pile up.
The second crash saw Stenhouse side draft Kyle Busch in turn four and that doesn't work unless your coming off the corner. Busch took maybe the hardest lick of the season, but Stenhouse knew better than to do what he did. Strategy wise, it was what he needed since he was desperate for a victory and I think he had the best car all night until a couple more wrecks ended his night.
By the time it all ended, after nine cautions and everyone wrecking but Martin Truex Jr. and Erik Jones, it was the sophomore Jones that won. Truex has still yet to win a plate race. Not to worry, Truex was dominate at Kentucky last year and that is where the series heads this weekend. Kyle Busch is also a former winner and finished second last year.
I happen to be looking at the standings and here is how the playoffs would look right now.
American: 1) Boston 2) Houston 3) Cleveland 4) Yankees 5) Seattle. The next team back of that is seven games behind in Oakland. All of those teams are legit even if Seattle has its struggles from the mound. At this point, I think it will be those 5 teams that make the postseason.
National: 1) Milwaukee 2) Arizona 3) Philadelphia 4) Cubs 5) Braves. All three division are still up for grabs. The Rockies, Dodgers, Nationals, Cardinals and Giants are all still legit. There are three things that I believe: Arizona won't win the West, Milwaukee will stay the overall National League No.1 seed in the postseason and although the Braves are a real great young club, I think it will come down to the last week of the season before the East gets decided.
FYI: It is less than three weeks until the first practice for High School Football and six until the first games. This is all in case you were wondering.