State playoffs continue for North Stanly baseball, softball teams

North Stanly's baseball and softball teams are the only remaining local squads in the state playoffs

While seven combined baseball and softball high school teams from Stanly County received a bid to play in their respective N.C. High School Athletic Association state playoffs, just a pair of those seven remain in contention at this point.

North Stanly’s baseball and softball teams are the two remaining squads representing the county.

After a fourth round set for Friday, the best-of-three “final four” regional series are scheduled for May 21-25 and the best-of-three state championships series are set for May 31-June 1.


Three baseball teams — the West Stanly Colts (2A West region), North Stanly Comets (2A West region) and South Stanly Bulls (1A West region) — each received a bid for last week’s first-round action in the NCHSAA playoffs.

No. 7 West (20-6) and No. 5 North (23-4) advanced to the third round, while No. 15 South (12-10) made an early exit in a first-round 7-4 home loss to No. 18 Polk County (11-14) on May 7.

The Colts defeated the No. 26 Mount Pleasant Tigers (15-10) 6-2 at home in the first round on May 7.

West then bested No. 10 East Davidson (19-6) in a 5-2 home finish, but saw its post-season come to an end in a 11-1 road loss to No. 2 East Rutherford (24-1) on Tuesday.

In the first round, the Comets knocked off No. 28 Chase (10-12) in a 2-1 home finish. North then got past No. 21 Community School of Davidson (12-9) with a 4-1 score at home and is set to travel to No. 4 Forbush (25-2) on Wednesday.


Four Stanly County softball teams had their first-round state playoff action last week: the West Stanly Colts (2A West region), South Stanly Bulls (1A West region), North Stanly Comets (2A West region) and Gray Stone Knights (1A West region).

No. 8 West (19-10) and No. 3 South (14-6) were both defeated in the third round, while No. 2 North (18-3-1) is set for its third-round matchup against No. 23 Madison (13-7) on Thursday.

No. 20 Gray Stone (5-12) lost 2-0 to No. 13 Murphy (13-6) in the first round.

The Comets defeated No. 31 East Burke (10-14) at home 11-1 and followed that up with a 7-0 home victory over No. 15 Bandys, leading North to its upcoming third-round opponent in the Patriots on Thursday.

The Colts eclipsed No. 25 East Davidson (14-8) and No. 24 West Caldwell (14-11) in back-to-back 12-0 home victories in the first two rounds, but fell victim to undefeated top-seed West Wilkes (21-0) in a 2-1 third-round road loss.

In three consecutive home matchups, the Bulls topped the 30th-seeded Hayesville (1-16) in the first round, defeated No. 14 Elkin (17-8) 5-3 in the second round, and then was blanked 14-0 by No. 11 Union Academy (17-7) in a third-round upset on Monday.