NCHSAA announces softball state playoff brackets

Published 2:28 pm Tuesday, May 7, 2024

The NCHSAA released the state softball playoff brackets Monday evening for the four classifications. All four of the Stanly high schools fielding varsity teams this season will play in their respective brackets.

2A Playoffs

Two Stanly teams earned top seeds and first-round home games in the Western Region.

North Stanly, who won the Yadkin Valley Conference regular-season title but lost in the semifinals of the conference tournament to Union Academy, 2-1, is the No. 2 seed in the West.

The Comets (16-3) will host No. 31 East Burke (10-13) in the opening round of the playoffs.

West Stanly, the four-time defending 2A state champs, finished the regular season second in the Rocky River Conference. The Colts rallied in the RRC tournament to win the title and earn a No. 8 seed in the postseason.

West (17-9) will host No. 25 East Davidson (14-7) in the first round of the playoffs.

1A Playoffs

South Stanly, coming off a 12-5 regular season and a 4-3 win Friday night in the finals of the YVC Tournament, will be at home Tuesday as a No. 3 seed. The Rebel Bulls will host the No. 30 seeded Hayesville Yellow Jackets (1-15).

Gray Stone Day (5-11) earned a No. 20 seed and will travel into the mountains to take on the No. 13-ranked Murphy Bulldogs (12-5, 9-3).

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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