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Two Stanly softball teams to open playoffs tonight

Two Stanly softball teams who dominated their respective conferences were scheduled today to host first-round state playoff games, weather permitting.

2A Playoffs

The defending 2A state champion West Stanly Colts finished the regular season 14-0, including a 9-2 non-conference win over county rival South Stanly last week.

The Colts enter the playoffs on a 17-game win streak dating back to the 2019 2A State Finals Series, including winning last week’s Rocky River Conference tournament. West topped Montgomery Central in the semifinals, 12-1, then beat host Mount Pleasant 10-0 in five innings for the title.

By virtue of a blind draw with other conference champions, West Stanly received the No. 8 seed and will host No. 9 West Stokes (12-1) tonight at 7 p.m.

The Wildcats won the 2A Western Piedmont Conference title finishing 12-0 in conference play. West Stokes’ only loss on the season was to 1A county rival South Stokes on March 29, 11-0.

The Colts enter the playoffs on a 17-game win streak dating back to the 2019 2A State Finals Series, including winning last week’s Rocky River Conference tournament. West topped Montgomery Central in the semifinals, 12-1, then beat Mount Pleasant 10-0 in five innings for the title.

1A Playoffs

South bounced back from the non-conference loss to West last Monday with a 18-0 win over North Rowan to finish undefeated in Yadkin Valley Conference play, winning the title.

The Bulls then got ready for the postseason with a 10-0 non-conference win over North Stanly.

South Stanly is the No. 1 seed in the Western Region and hosts No. 16 Cherryville (7-6) tonight at 6 p.m. The Ironmen finished second in the Southern Piedmont Conference behind Lincoln Charter.

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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