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State Champs!

ASHEBORO – A walk-off two-run double by Alden Cottle ended an early-afternoon slugfest here Wednesday as Windsor Post 37 blanked Mocksville Post 54/174 by a score of 10-0 in a run-ruled five inning final in the North Carolina Junior American Legion Baseball state championship game.

Cottle was also the winning pitcher, twirling a two-hit shutout. Windsor, meanwhile, banged out 13 hits and played flawlessly in the field, committing no errors.

Windsor – who won the Area One title to qualify for the state tournament – finishes the season with an unblemished mark: 23-0.

The game – now a one-game affair, instead of a best-of-three – was moved first from Manteo’s Coy Tillet Field where the entire state tournament was to take place. That eight-team event began last Friday. After heavy rains pelted the coast, preventing Monday’s four-team semi-final between the Rebels, Mocksville, Rutherford Post 423 and South Caldwell Post 29, officials then decided to make the championship a winner-take-all one-game finale.

The trouble was finding a dry ball field.

The game was first moved to Minges-Overton Ballfield at Pitt Community College in Winterville for a Tuesday start, but the summer soaker continued and eventually that game was washed out.

Finally, officials settled on McCrary Field in Asheboro as the venue with a 1 p.m. Wednesday start.

Full details on the game will be available in Saturday’s edition of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald.