ALBEMARLE — With opening-round games underway, South Stanly High School’s campus in Norwood is this year’s home for the Yadkin Valley Conference baseball and softball tournaments.
Both conference competitions for the two leagues — featuring a pair of Stanly County regular season champions in the Comets’ baseball team and Bulls’ softball team — began on May 2.
On the baseball side, No. 3 Union Academy (14-7, 6-4) defeated No. 6 Gray Stone (6-11, 0-10) with a 10-0 shutout, while No. 4 South Stanly (6-12, 4-6) narrowly slipped past No. 5 seed Robinson (7-13, 4-6) 11-10.
In Tuesday’s action, No. 2 Mount Pleasant (9-9, 6-4) was set to face Union Academy, while top seed and regular season champion North Stanly (20-1, 10-0) went against a familiar foe in South Stanly. The championship games are set for May 6 at 7:30 p.m.
On the softball side, No. 3 Union Academy (16-4, 7-3) eased past No. 6 Robinson (2-15, 0-10) 10-0, while No. 4 North Stanly (11-7, 4-6 YVC) lost to No. 5 Gray Stone (11-9, 2-8).
In the second round on Tuesday, Union Academy was scheduled to challenge top seed South Stanly (20-3, 10-0), and Gray Stone faced No. 2 seed Mount Pleasant (13-7, 7-3). Like the baseball format, the softball championship finals are set for May 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Uwharrie Charter is the reigning YVC baseball tournament champion, while South Stanly holds that same claim for the YVC softball tournament.
All tickets for the championship rounds on May 6 can be purchased via the official South Stanly High School GoFan web page at gofan.co/app/school/NC2172.