West Stanly softball advances to 4th round of state playoffs

Three other local schools fell short in the first and second rounds

STANLY COUNTY —Two of the eight Stanly County high school baseball and softball teams that reached the state playoffs still remain. 

West Stanly  

In the 2A baseball bracket, the fifth-seeded Colts (24-3, 11-0 Rocky River) defeated No. 28 West Lincoln (12-14, 8-6 Catawba Valley) 14-0 on May 9 before taking down No. 12 East Rutherford (21-4, 10-2 Mountain Foothills Seven) 3-1 on May 12.  

Riding a 10-game winning streak, West was set to play at fourth-seeded West Stokes (22-4, 12-0 Mid-State) on Tuesday in a third-round matchup; the game was rained out and will resume on Wednesday night.

In the 2A softball bracket, the fourth-seeded Colts (26-1, 10-0 RRC) used an 11-0 win to move past No. 29 Randleman (7-15, 4-8 Piedmont) before defeating No. 13 Bandys (20-5, 12-2 Catawba Valley) 6-0 in the second round. 

The Colts — now on a 26-game winning streak — defeated fifth-seeded Maiden (20-4, 13-1 Catawba Valley) 5-2 in the third round on Tuesday and will now travel to face top seed McMichael (27-0, 8-0 Mid-State) on Friday.

South Stanly  

The No. 16 Bulls baseball team (13-12, 6-6 Yadkin Valley) edged past No. 17 Swain County (10-10, 9-3 Smoky Mountain) in the opening round of the 1A state playoffs but suffered a 6-1 loss to top seed Cherryville (23-4, 11-1 Southern Piedmont) in Round 2. 

The Bulls’ softball team (22-4, 12-0 YVC) — the reigning 1A champions and second-seeded team — blasted No. 31 North Rowan (5-9, 4-8 Central Carolina) with a 17-0 finish before falling 4-1 at home to Uwharrie Charter (14-8, 7-5 Piedmont Athletic) three days later. 

In the upset loss, Eagles pitcher Molly Bulla limited the Bulls to just three hits while her team combined for 10 hits off South pitchers Mattie Poulos and Riley Dennis.  

South Stanly, the 2023 YVC regular season and tournament champions, lost two of their final five matchups on the season. 

North Stanly  

In the 2A baseball bracket, the No. 10 North Stanly Comets (15-11, 10-2 YVC) fell 1-0 to No. 23 Shelby (13-12, 7-5 Southern Piedmont) in the first round. 

In the 2A softball bracket, No. 23 North Stanly softball team (12-11, 6-6 YVC) traveled to No. 10 Mount Pleasant (16-10, 7-5 YVC) and lost 12-2. 

Gray Stone  

No. 25 Gray Stone baseball (7-13, 2-10 YVC) played at eighth-seeded Corvian Community (14-8, 6-1 Metro Eight) in the 1A bracket and was handed a 10-7 loss.  

On that same night, the No. 17 Gray Stone softball team (10-10, 5-7 YVC) was hosted by No. 16 Draughn (20-5, 10-2 Western Highlands) and fell 6-2.