The first round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association playoffs is in the books, and several local teams are moving on to the second round while the road has ended for others. The second round starts on Friday and will conclude on Saturday.
Elkin 3 – North Stokes 0
Elkin soccer started things off with a home playoff game against North Stokes on Tuesday night. The game was postponed at halftime due to a thunderstorm, but the Lady Elks had already put up three goals for a 3-0 lead.
Laken Brown scored the first goal for the Lady Elks in the opening 10 minutes, while Mattie Timmerman knocked in the final two goals. The game was eventually called and Elkin took a 3-0 win to move on to the second round of playoffs.
With the win, Elkin moves to 15-7 overall. The Lady Elks will host No. 13 South Davidson on Friday or Saturday. Game time is has yet to be determined.
Starmount 8 – Swain County 1
Starmount had a 1-0 lead at halftime on Wednesday night in Boonville before scoring seven goals in the second half to take an 8-1 win. Alyssa Yanez knocked in the first goal, while Molly Maske scored three goals, and Maggie Freed scored two goals. The Lady Rams will have to travel to Highlands on Saturday.
Mount Airy 11 – East Wilkes 2
The Lady Cardinals traveled to Mount Airy on Wednesday night to take on the No. 15-seeded Granite Bears. Mount Airy was able to take an 11-2 lead before the mercy rule was put into effect. East Wilkes ended its season with an overall record of 8-10 and a conference record of 6-8.
Forbush 9 – Brevard 0
Forbush had no problem with its opponent as the Falcons were able to take a 5-0 lead within the first 20 minutes. At halftime, Forbush had an 8-0 lead, and finally put the mercy rule into effect with a goal in the opening minutes of the second half. Forbush will face No. 13 Lincolnton on Friday or Saturday in the second round of the 2A playoffs.
Roxboro 9 – Elkin 8
The Lady Elks gave No. 5 Roxboro a fight in the first round of softball playoffs. The Lady Elks were able to take the lead before falling by one run. Elkin ends its season with an overall record of 6-12.
Starmount 6 – Swain County 0
The Lady Rams were able to take a 2-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back. In the second inning, three runs were added to the scoreboard. Kendra King sent a home run ball over the left field fence to score two runs, while White scored one run on a double to center field.
In the bottom of the fifth, Starmount added its final run as White scored off of King’s ground ball hit to left field. The Lady Rams earned the win to move on to the second round where they will face No. 10 Robbinsville.
West Montgomery 10 – East Wilkes 6
The Lady Cardinals made the trip up the mountain to take on No. 9 West Montgomery. East Wilkes was able to put up a fight as the Cardinals battled back in the top of the sixth inning to tie the game, 6-6. West Montgomery didn’t let the tie last long as it took the lead in the bottom of the inning by bringing in four runs for the final score of 10-6. East Wilkes ends its season with a 12-11 overall record.
Forbush 10 – Chase 4
Forbush was able to take a 10-4 win over Chase to move on to the second round. Chase took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but the Lady Falcons were able to take a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second. From there, the Falcons were able to retain the lead to earn the win. The Falcons will host Draughn in the second round.
Bishop McGuinness 5 – East Wilkes 4
The East Wilkes Cardinals were looking to have one of their best baseball seasons in several years. The Cardinals were on a three-game winning streak, and won the MVAC tournament.
First round action was set for Tuesday night, but field conditions were deemed unplayable after a torrential downpour. The game was pushed to Wednesday and the Cardinals battled back and forth with Bishop until the Villains were able to take a one-run win.
East Wilkes took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning as Parker Edwards homered to left field to score two runs. In the top of the third inning, Bishop took the lead as the Villains scored three runs for a 3-2 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, East Wilkes was able to take the lead back with two runs of its own. Grant Bare singled to right field to score Deven Couch and Caeden Howell and give East Wilkes a 4-3 lead. In the top of the seventh, Bishop was able to score two runs to take the lead back from the Cardinals.
With the score sitting at 5-4, East Wilkes tried to tie the game as Andrew Elmore was able to single to the shortstop. With the tying run on base, the Cardinals were unable to bring Elmore around and Bishop took a 5-4 win to move on to the second round. East Wilkes ends its season with an overall record of 7-18.
Forbush 9 – Madison 0
The Forbush Falcons baseball team put on a show on Wednesday night by taking a 9-0 win in the first round. Carter Foster was able to start the scoring off in the bottom of the first inning as he hit a home run over the left field fence. Forster’s hit brought in two runs for the Falcons as Jamie Sheek had singled one play earlier.
Things got even better for the Falcons in the bottom of the second inning, as they scored six runs. From there the cruise control was set and the Falcons took a 9-0 win over Madison. Forbush will face Draughn on Friday at 6 p.m. in the second round of the state playoffs.