There was one winner in all of the Senior Legion Area I West playoffs: rain.
The two best-of-five series were shortened to just three games that ended with Thursday’s all-afternoon shower.
Johnston County Post 71 was the 2-1 series winner against Cary Post 67. Garner Post 232 was the 2-1 winner against Durham Post 7.
Both series started last Sunday night, but rain ruined games Monday and Thursday. A combination of soggy field conditions and not enough time to fit in a doubleheader Friday ended the series.
Johnston County, which has players from Smithfield-Selma, South Johnston and West Johnston high schools, and Garner, with players from Middle Creek, Fuquay-Varina and Garner, started their series Saturday. Johnston County edged Garner for the conference championship in the regular season.
Cary Post 67’s season ends at 17-14 overall in its first year under Ron Powell, making his first trek with the Senior team after winning five Junior Legion state titles with the Cary Bulls.
Johnston County Post 71 mercy-ruled Cary in Game 1, winning 11-1 in eight innings. Cary bounced back with a 10-5 victory in Game 2, but Johnston County won Game 3, 13-6.
Garner took Game 3 against Durham 10-8 on Wednesday night, which proved to be the deciding game.
The winner of the best-of-five series will go on to the state tournament.