Cherryville Post 100 American Legion State Champions

Cherryville American Legion Post 100 Baseball State Champions

Gary Freeman, Cherryville Post 100 American Legion Baseball State Champions, acrylic on canvas, 1998, 42" x 13.5"

This painting represents Post 100 competing against Pitt County in the American Legion playoffs.
Ace pitcher, Ralph Roberts is on the mound delivering a pitch. The Post 100 team won the game and the series,
and went on to win the state championship series. They ended their season in Las Vegas as
number two in the nation.

During the playoffs, close to a thousand fans will gather at Fraley Field to watch the local team which is made up of
the best players from Cherryville, Lincolnton, West Lincoln, and part of the Burns and Bessemer City high school districts.

"Cherryville is the biggest little baseball town in the U.S.A.," said Cherryville Eagle sports writer Ronald "Scoop" Kiser,
who covered American Legion baseball for more than 50 years. "Cherryville is baseball and baseball is Cherryville.
It's always been that way."

Recommended External Links

Ralph Roberts
Player Bio - Greenville AA Roster
Bravesbeat Network

Cherryville honors state's baseball, softball champions
COMMENTARY - By Calvin Carter, Gazette Staff Reporter
The Cherryville High School baseball team won its seventh state championship May 27, and on June 3, the girl’s softball team brought home a title they’ve worked towards for the past three years.

Summer Maffett, the MVP for the girls softball team, said the honor was hard fought, and well deserved.

Cherryville, the baseball town
Liz Wilkerson, Star Staff Intern

CHERRYVILLE — Everyone knows Cherryville is a baseball town.

Cherryville Post 100
City's tribute to the 2003 Post 100 Baseball North Carolina State Champion Team, the runner-up to
Minnesota, the National Champion.

Americal Legion Baseball
National Baseball Site - "Since 1925, The American Legion has sponsored a nationwide youth baseball program.
During these past seven decades, millions of young players have enjoyed playing baseball. The American Legion
and their 2.8 million members have raised millions of dollars each year for players to learn the importance of teamwork,
discipline, leadership and good sportsmanship. The American Legion sponsors American Legion Baseball to give players
an opportunity to develop their skills, personal fitness, leadership qualities and to have fun."

First United Methodist Church
601 North Pink Street, Cherryville, NC 28021

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