Baseball tourneys coming to Asheboro; Southwestern Randolph has coaching change

ASHEBORO – High school postseason baseball – and some softball – will be happening in Asheboro even if there’s not an in-county team involved.

Next week, Asheboro will be the host school for next week’s semifinal and final rounds in the Mid-Piedmont Conference Tournament for both baseball and softball.

Those matchups will come after quarterfinal games, which will definitely involve Asheboro, are contested at the site of the higher seeds.

The baseball semifinals and final will be at McCrary Park.

In baseball and softball, the Piedmont Athletic Conference Tournament begins Monday with games at the highest seed. For baseball, Randleman again will be the top seed, while Southwestern Randolph or Uwharrie Charter Academy will be the top seed in softball.

NCISAA to play in Asheboro

The North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association will hold its Class 2-A state finals for baseball at McCrary Park next month.

That best-of-3 series is scheduled for May 17 and 18. There’s one game May 17 and Game 2 and, if necessary, Game 3 on May 18.

The Burlington School is the two-time reigning state champion. Last year’s title series was held at Truist Point in High Point, with the Spartans toppling Westchester Country Day School in three games.

The same teams met in the 2022 championship series, with The Burlington School needing two games for that series held in Rocky Mount.

Brian Gusa, then baseball coach at Southwestern Randolph, watches a game in early April at McCrary Park in Asheboro. (Randolph Record file photo)

Coaching change at Southwestern Randolph

Southwestern Randolph had a coaching change with its baseball team last week.

Assistant coach Edwin Lagrama became interim head coach as of April 17.

Brian Gusa, who had been in his first season with the Cougars, is no longer with the program. Athletics director Chris Chapman didn’t provide a reason for the change.

Southwestern Randolph was 6-11 under Gusa.

Since Lagrama took over, the Cougars are 2-1 going into Thursday night’s regular-season finale vs. visiting Uwharrie Charter Academy. They’ll finish in fourth or fifth place in the Piedmont Athletic Conference and will meet Trinity in next week’s PAC Tournament quarterfinals.

By Bob Sutton