Haywood County Post 47 coach Mitchell Whitner glances down at his lineup card on any given night.
And what Whitner sees is a potential base hit everywhere his eyes can look.
Haywood County (14-4) completed its regular season in American Legion baseball with 199 hits in 18 games.
No wonder a team led in batting by Gray McCurry (.471), Cal Raleigh (.459), Thomas Tatham (.424), Mason Fox (.394), Nathan Summey (.386) and Travis Holden (.311) was in the running for a Western Division championship.
Post 47 finished in a three-way tie for second place with Cherryville and Hickory behind division winner Caldwell County (18-4, 15-3).
Legion coaches were meeting Tuesday to finalize the seedings for the Legion playoffs which should begin either Wednesday or Thursday. First-round series will follow a best-of-five format.
“I never even looked at (the Western Division standings) or considered all the scenarios until last weekend,” Whitner said.
“I’m a big believer in controlling what you can. And that’s what we’ve told our guys. Take care of yourself first. This team has come together really well. But I had no doubts with so many kids who know each other and have that kind of bond.”
Raleigh is a recent Smoky Mountain graduate who was named the Citizen-Times All-WNC Player of the Year on Sunday and is also the reigning Western North Carolina Athletic Conference Player of the Year.
He is the Post 47 leader in RBIs (27). Others are McCurry (20), Fox (18), Tatham (17) and Holden (16).
Fox, a Pisgah grad who has signed with Gardner-Webb has blasted a team-high six home runs for Post 47 and Raleigh has popped out five.
Hunter Stewart has a 5-0 pitching record and Cole Hooper is 3-0.
Upright sets Post 70 records
Roberson rising senior Holden Upright has gotten accustomed to being a leadoff hitter, and one with great rewards.
Upright has already set two single-season records for the Asheville American Legion Post 70 baseball team so far.
One was a lot more painful to obtain than the other.
Upright has stolen a record 14 bases and been hit by a pitch eight times. In both cases, those totals are two higher than the previous Post 70 records.
Asheville (6-12) concluded its regular season on Sunday.
Upright was an All-Mountain Athletic Conference and All-WNC selection for the MAC 4-A champion Rams (15-12) this past season. He batted .398 with six RBIs, a half-dozen stolen bases, three doubles and two triples.
Asheville enters the Legion playoffs with a seven-game losing streak and lost all six of its contests after returning from a two-week break.
“It was a tough week. But in the end, it’s just one week,” Post 70 coach Cort Radford said.
“We came up short. Now we’re in the playoffs and nobody’s record matters. That’s something we’re looking forward to. It’s a fresh start and I like our chances. We are a really talented team, and if we get some breaks, watch out.”
Henderson County Post 77 (8-16, 6-12) is the third WNC team in the Legion playoffs.