American Legion baseball

Cary Colts get shot at state title

From staff reportsJuly 19, 2013 

The Cary Colts’ Michael Benvenuto, right, celebrates a run with teammates including Marc Todd. The Cary Bulls and the Cary Colts met at a warmup game ahead of the playoffs at Athens Drive High School on July 11.

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The summer of change in the Cary Post 67 American Legion program continued with the biggest surprise so far.

The Cary Colts, in their sixth year, entered the tournament with a 9-11 overall record and were seeded last of eight teams.

The Cary Bulls, a five-time state Junior Legion champion, were seeded second.

Both Post 67 Junior Legion teams found themselves in a battle against each other in a do-or-die game Monday morning in Rocky Mount.

The Colts won 6-5, scoring all six runs in the seventh inning after being down five.

When Post 67 forms its Junior Legion teams, the Bulls are the first team picked, while the Colts are second.

The Colts clinched their first-ever state tournament appearance by defeating (Bertie County) Windsor Post 37 by a 9-2 score Monday evening.

The state tournament started Friday in Kernersville.

With so much interest in playing for the Post 67 program, a second team became necessary.

The Colts program has been more about giving players much-needed experience than winning; but this season, in which longtime Bulls coach Ronnie Powell headed the Post 67 Senior Legion team, has brought about another change to the program:

It will be the Colts who will get their shot at a state title.

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