It’s hard to believe, because it seems like the 2021 baseball season just got started, but next week marks the midway point of Mid-State Conference play for McMichael, Morehead, Reidsville and Rockingham. Aside from a few front-runners, playoff hopes will come down to which team performs the strongest down the stretch with about a half dozen games remaining for the majority of the county teams in the regular season.
In the Mid-State 3-A Conference, Northern Guilford stands head and shoulders above the rest of the field at this point at 6-0. That race is far from over however, with McMichael and Western Alamance just a half game behind at 5-1.
And although those three teams are in the best position to challenge for a regular season conference championship, as well as an automatic postseason bid, there are several programs in the middle of the pack looking to close out strong and knock off the top dogs.
The Nighthawks appear to be on cruise control following a 7-0 win over Rockingham last Friday.
McMichael continued to impress with a 3-2 win over Eastern Alamance as did Morehead with a 5-4 victory over Northeast Guilford which kept them in the race to close out last week.
Northeast Guilford and Person, each winless in league play up to this point, are out of the mix, but for Eastern Alamance (3-3), Morehead (3-3) and Rockingham (2-4) the postseason future to either play in or get bounced, is in their hands.
In Mid-State 2-A play, the Rams (4-2) prospects improved dramatically this past week with the return of several key players following the conclusion of Reidsville’s football season. More than a half dozen players joined a Rams team that is already challenging for Mid-State 2-A league supremacy.
The return of the gridiron guys couldn’t have come at a better time, with the crucial final stretch of the season looming. Thursday’s dominant 12-6 win over Roxboro Community School kept RHS in the hunt, and if the pitching and defense continues to improve with the added caveat of more weapons on the roster, next Tuesday’s game at South Rowan could tell the tale of how tough the Rams will be.
Tuesday, May 18
McMichael versus Western Alamance
Morehead versus Eastern Alamance
Rockingham at Person
Reidsville at South Rowan
Thursday, May 20
Reidsville versus Bethany Community School
Friday, May 21
McMichael at Western Alamance
Morehead at Eastern Alamance