Stanly baseball, softball teams qualify for state playoffs

Published 2:54 pm Monday, May 8, 2023

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The North Carolina high School Athletic Association has released the final brackets for the baseball and softball state playoffs. Several teams from Stanly County have qualified for the postseason.


In the 1A bracket, the South Stanly Rebel Bulls (21-3), champions of the Yadkin Valley Conference and the defending 1A state champs, are a No. 2 seed in the Western Region and host No. 31 North Rowan (5-8).

Gray Stone, who finished fifth in the YVC (10-9 overall), is a No. 17 seed in the 1A West and travels to No. 16 Draughn (19-4).

West Stanly (23-1), champions of the Rocky River Conference and the three-time defending 2A state champs, are a No. 4 seed in the 2A West and host No. 29 Randleman (7-15).

North Stanly (12-10, 4-4 YVC) finished fourth in the conference and will be a No. 23 seed in the 2A West, traveling to No. 10 seed Mount Pleasant (14-10).


Several teams from Stanly will take to the baseball diamonds Tuesday night for the first round, some of whom will be at home.

West Stanly (22-3), who won both the regular-season and tournament titles in the Rocky River Conference, is a No. 5 seed and hosts No. 28 West Lincoln (12-13).

North Stanly (15-10), the YVC regular-season champs, are a No. 10 seed in the 2A West and will host No. 23 Shelby (12-11).

South Stanly, who reached the finals of the YVC tournament, is a No. 16 seed in the 1A West. The Bulls (12-11) will host No. 17 Swain County (10-9).

Gray Stone (7-10, 2-6 YVC) will be on the road as the No. 25 seed in the 1A West Region, playing at No. 8 Corvian Community (13-7).

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio has served as the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press for more than 16 years and has written numerous news and feature storeis as well. 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 won an award from Boone Newspapers, and has won four North Carolina Press Association awards.

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