Ten local teams entering playoffs


By John Cate - jcate@civitasmedia.com



Surry County is well represented in the upcoming 1A and 2A state baseball, softball and soccer state playoffs.

Of the teams in the Mount Airy News coverage area, all four local baseball teams earned spots in the postseason, along with three of the four softball and soccer teams. East Surry’s baseball and softball teams did one better, earning the top overall seed in the West in both sports and the home-field advantage that comes with it.

The Lady Cardinals (22-3) charged into the playoffs on a high note after downing arch-rival North Stokes 10-0 on Friday night in a a game played on the Lady Vikings’ home field. East Surry, the state’s second-ranked team according to MaxPreps.com, is the top team in the Midwest sub-region and the top overall seed in the region. They will host Alleghany (5-14), the 16th seed out of the West sub-region, this evening at 6 p.m.

The East Surry baseball team had a harder time on its path to the top overall seed. The 19-4 Cardinals tied with Walkertown for first place in the Northwest 1A Conference during the regular season, and when the teams met for a third time in the conference tournament finals, it was a battle for the top seed out of the conference. East Surry trailed early, but exploded late and won 11-6 for the tournament title and the top seed. The Cardinals found out on Monday morning that they were the top seed, period.

The first-round assignment for East Surry baseball is Blue Ridge Early College (6-11), a charter school out of Cashiers. They will play on Wednesday evening at 5:30 p.m.

After rolling through the Western Piedmont Athletic Conference tournament last week, North Surry’s softball team used its title to claim the No. 2 overall playoff seed from the WPAC and a first-round home game. The Lady Hounds grabbed the No. 6 seed in the Midwest sub-region and 11th overall in the West, and will host Maiden (12-7) on 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

Surry Central’s softball team also earned a berth in the 2A playoffs as an at-large team. The Lady Eagles, the 14th seed in the midwest sub-region and 29th in the West, will travel to Rutherfordton-Spindale Central (18-2) on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The Bears, Eagles and Greyhounds also celebrated spots in their respective baseball playoffs.

Mount Airy’s baseball team is back in the postseason party after pulling off one of the biggest improvements of any team in the state this season. The Bears (12-9) just missed hosting a first-round game, drawing the ninth seed in the Midwest sub-regional. They will travel to Pine Lake Prep (14-6) in Mooresville on Wednesday. The time for this game had not been announced as of press time.

Surry Central rode a 16-7 regular season to the eighth seed in the 2A Midwest sub-regional and a home game with Maiden (13-9) tonight at 6:30 p.m.

North Surry is the 10th seed in the Midwest sub-regional and will open the playoffs on the road at Wilkes Central tonight at 7 p.m. This is a rematch of a regular-season game. The Hounds defeated Wilkes Central (15-8) in the Eagles’ annual Larry Bauguess Memorial Game in Winston-Salem by a 6-4 score on April 22.

East Surry’s soccer team rode a second-place finish in the NW1A to a home playoff match in the first round. The Lady Cardinals (10-7) will take on Mountain Island Charter (11-9) on Wednesday at 6 p.m. East Surry played this team in the second round of last year’s postseason and won 2-0.

Mount Airy’s soccer team (14-7-1) will host East Wilkes in the first round on Wednesday at 5 p.m. The Lady Cardinals (8-9) are a very familiar foe for the Lady Bears — Mount Airy beat them 8-2 last Wednesday.

Surry Central (12-8) will play on the road at Lincolnton, a frequent playoff opponent for Central in boys’ soccer of late, tonight at 6:30 p.m. The Wolves have a 12-4-3 overall record this year.

By John Cate

jcate@civitasmedia.com

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