SHELBY - Randolph County Post 45 out of Asheboro and Midland, Mich., return from last year as the 2018 American Legion World Series pairings are finalized for an event that begins on Thursday and runs through Aug. 21.

Randolph County becomes the 23rd North Carolina team to advance to the World Series - and fourth in six years. Wilmington finished fifth in 2013, Rowan was runner-up in 2016 and Randolph tied for third last season. Four N.C. teams have been World Series champion - Gastonia in 1935, Albemarle in 1940, Shelby in 1945 and Charlottee Post 9 in 1965.

Midland will be making its sixth appearance in the World Series in Shelby. Post 165 previously advanced to Shelby in 2008, 2011, 2014, 2015 and last year. Midland, which won the 2009 World Series, had its best Shelby finish in 2014 when it was runner-up.

Other teams advancing to this year's World Series are Braintree, Mass., Wilmington, Del., Gonzales, La., Dubuque County, Iowa, Meridian, Idaho and Desert Oasis, Nev.

Gonzales finished fourth in the 2014 World Series in Shelby and Wilmington and Meridian are the first teams from their states to advance to Shelby.

 

American Legion World Series at Shelby: Aug. 16-21

Stars division - Southeast (Randolph County, N.C.), Great Lakes (Midland, Mich.), Northwest (Meridian, Idaho), Western (Desert Oasis, Nev.)

Stripes division - Northeast (Braintree, Mass.), Mid-Atlantic (Wilmington, Del.), Mid-South (Gonzales, La.), Central Plains (Dubuque County, Iowa)

 

Thursday's games

10 a.m. - Wilmington, Del. vs. Dubuque County, Iowa

1 p.m. - Gonzales, La. vs. Braintree, Mass.

4 p.m. - Randolph County, N.C. vs. Midland, Mich.

7:30 p.m. - Meridian, Idaho vs. Desert Oasis, Nev.

 

Friday's games

4 p.m. - Wilmington, Del. vs. Gonzales, La.

7 p.m. - Dubuque County, Iowa vs. Braintree, Mass.

 

Saturday's games

1 p.m. - Midland, Mich. vs. Desert Oasis, Nev.

4 p.m. - Meridian, Idaho vs. Randolph County, N.C.

7:30 p.m. - Gonzales, La. vs. Dubuque County, Iowa

 

Sunday's games

1 p.m. - Braintree, Mass. vs. Wilmington, Del.

4 p.m. - Midland, Mich. vs. Meridian, Idaho

7:30 p.m. - Randolph County, N.C. vs. Desert Oasis, Nev.

 

Monday, Aug. 20

4 p.m. - Stars No. 1 vs. Stripes No. 2

7 p.m. - Stripes No. 1 vs. Stars No. 2

 

Tuesday, Aug. 21

7 p.m. - Championship