Prep sports: Preliminary playoff brackets released
The N.C. High School Athletic Association released its preliminary playoff brackets for baseball, softball and girls soccer. The first-round matchups could change later Monday.
West Rowan, which won the South Piedmont Conference baseball and softball championships, earned a spot in the top five in both sports. The baseball team, seeded in the No. 4 slot, is at home against No. 29 Hickory.
Softball garnered the No. 5 seed in the 3A West. The Falcons open at home against No. 28 Cox Mill. West Rowan split with Cox Mill in the regular season. The Chargers took the first game 6-5 with the Falcons coming back with a 5-4 win in the second meeting.
The Falcons are the only softball team from Rowan County with a home game. Carson and East Rowan in the 3A West as well as Salisbury in the 2A West are all on the road.
North Rowan will also take on a conference foe in the first round. The Cavaliers, seeded 19th, travel to East Davidson, seeded 14th. East Davidson swept North Rowan in the regular season.
Carson baseball, which tied with East Rowan for second place in the SPC, also earned a first-round home game. The Cougars, seeded 15th, take on No. 18 Enka.
The state seeded East Rowan 22nd. The Mustangs travel to No. 11 Crest.
The soccer teams from Carson and Salisbury both garnered first-round home games.
The Hornets finished runner up in the Central Carolina Conference and are seeded 10th in the 2A West. They take on No. 23 R-S Central.
The Cougars finished third in the SPC behind Hickory Ridge and Cox Mill. The Cougars earned the No. 15 seed and a first-round game No. 18 North Henderson.
The complete matchups for all teams from Rowan and Davie counties are below. The complete preliminary brackets for all three sports can be found here on the NCHSAA’s website.
2A West baseball: 19 North Rowan at 14 East Davidson; 21 Salisbury at 12 Parkwood
3A West baseball: 29 Hickory at 4 West Rowan; 18 Enka at 15 Carson; 22 East Rowan at 11 Crest; 23 South Rowan at 10 Cuthbertson
4A West baseball: 30 Davie at 3 East Forsyth
2A West softball: 24 Salisbury at 9 East Davidson
3A West softball: 28 Cox Mill at 5 West Rowan; 21 Carson at 12 Ledford; 32 East Rowan at 1 Enka
4A West softball: 17 Davie County at 16 Ardrey Kell
2A West girls soccer: 23 R-S Central at 10 Salisbury
3A west girls soccer: 18 North Henderson at 15 Carson; 25 West Rowan at 8 Burns; 30 South Rowan at 3 Weddington