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Post 10 players prepare for state tournament

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*** UPDATE: July 25th... Gaston County beat Wilmington Post 10 4-3 on Friday. Post 10 will now have to fight through the loser's bracket to win the double elimination tournament.

WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) -- The Wilmington Post 10 players practiced Wednesday afternoon. It was their final tune-up before the state tournament for American Legion baseball, which begins on Friday. Wilmington will open play against Gaston County. Scott Sandlin is the Post 10 head coach. "I feel great. I've lost about 45 pounds. I had a (medical) scare at the beginning of the year. The kids were really good about keeping things going. These kids give up a lot to be here in the summer, so it was the least I could do, not going at it as hard, but at least come back with them and be a part of it."

** Click the play video icon in order to see our report on Wilmington Post 10.

If Post 10 is able to defend their title, they'll be the first in the state to win the American Legion state baseball title three years in a row.

Schedule for 2014 American Legion Baseball State Championship at Holt Moffitt Field in Lexington, NC ( 101 West 9th Avenue )

Friday, July 25 in Lexington

9:30 a.m. (Game 1) - Area 2 runner-up (Hope Mills 19-4) vs. Area 4 champ (Shelby 38-1)

12:30 p.m. (Game 2) - Area 4 runner-up (Gaston Braves 24-3) vs. Area 2 champ (Wilmington Post 10 24-6 )

4:30 p.m. (Game 3) - Area 1 runner-up ( Wayne County 16-7-1) vs. Area 3 champ (High Point 26-6)

7:30 p.m. (Game 4) - Host (Davidson County 15-12) vs. Area 1 champ (Garner 26-5)

Saturday, July 26 in Lexington

9:30 a.m. (Game 5) - Game 1 loser vs. Game 3 loser

12:30 p.m. (Game 6) - Game 2 loser vs. Game 4 loser

4:30 p.m. (Game 7) - Game 1 winner vs. Game 3 winner

7:30 p.m. (Game 8) - Game 2 winner vs. Game 4 winner

Sunday, July 27 in Lexington

12:30 p.m. (Game 9) - Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 loser

4:30 p.m. (Game 10) - Game 5 winner vs. Game 8 loser

7:30 p.m. (Game 11) - Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner

Monday, July 28 in Lexington

Games at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 29 in Lexington

Games at 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. (if necessary)

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Great job!

Awesome job guys!! First the conference now the state is in site!
Great job Richard your leadership is a true advantage and it shows.

Go get em guys!!