Despite mentoring superstar Bryce Harper and other major league players, longtime Las Vegas High coach Sam Thomas is coaching in the state baseball tournament for the first time.
At last count, there were 3,786 teams who began summer ball hoping to win the big one in North Carolina. The Desert Oasis Aces finished second, losing the American Legion World Series championship game 1-0 in extra innings.
Two consecutive Class 4A state championships have now been followed with an American Legion title, the result of Basic’s summer team having beaten Creighton Prep from Omaha, Neb., 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Twenty-nine years passed between state baseball titles for Basic High when a team led by 10 seniors won last year’s Division I crown, a magical run that united a school and its alumni in a manner only sports can.