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North Stanly baseball wins at home over North Stokes

North Stanly, the second seeded team in the 1A Western Regional of the state baseball playoffs, opened the state tournament in strong fashion with a 10-0 six-inning win over No. 18 North Stokes 10-0.

Rhett Lowder struck out eight batters in 5.2 innings of work on the mound for the Comets (22-2) scattering five hits. Carson Lowder came on in the sixth inning to strike out the final batter of the game.

The Comets took advantage of six errors in the game and 12 walks from two different North Stokes (13-12) pitchers. Colby Russell and Carson Lowder had the only hits of the game for North Stanly, with Russell, Dylan Eudy and Garrett Clark posting RBIs.

North Stanly will face fellow Yadkin Valley Conference opponent, the Uwharrie Charter Eagles (20-5), in the third round of the state playoffs Tuesday. The No. 10 seeded Eagles won at No. 7 Chatham Central in the second round, 6-0.

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio was the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press from 1999-2001 and has currently served in the same capacity since 2008. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also been honored twice by the North Carolina Press Association.

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