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Home games dot start of baseball, softball state playoffs for county teams


By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Baseball and softball pairings for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state playoffs feature a rematch for a couple of area teams and several opening-round home assignments.

The playoffs are scheduled to begin Tuesday with first-round games. Second-round games come Thursday or Friday. This all leads to the state finals May 31-June 1.

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Here’s a look at pairings:


Class 3-A

Southern Alamance (15-6) is the highest seed out of the Central 3-A Conference at No. 5 with a home game vs. county and league rival Eastern Alamance (8-15), which is seeded No. 28. The winner takes on one of two Central 3-A Conference teams – No. 12 seed Orange (17-5) or No. 21 seed Cedar Ridge (12-10).

Williams (17-5) is seeded No. 13 with a home game against No. 20 seed Southern Wayne (14-8).

Western Alamance (9-15) is in the field at No. 30, meaning a visit to third-seeded Cape Fear (23-4).

Class 2-A

No Alamance County teams qualified.

Class 1-A

Clover Garden (15-5), as the No. 14 seed, visits No. 19 seed Oxford Prep (14-6). The game vs. Oxford Prep will be played at Eastern Alamance (with Clover Garden the designated home team).

River Mill (9-11) is seeded 29th, going to fourth-seeded East Wake Academy (13-4).

North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association

Two-time reigning state champion The Burlington School (12-9) and Burlington Christian Academy (16-5-1) received first-round byes in Class 2-A.

TBS has a second-round game against Salam Baptist (7-9) or Hickory Christian (10-3) on Thursday.

Unseeded BCA has a Wednesday date at seventh-seeded Wayne Christian (8-7) in Goldsboro.



Class 3-A

No. 3 seed Southern Alamance (18-4), co-champion of the Central 3-A Conference, is home vs. No. 30 seed Franklinton (5-9).

Eastern Alamance (14-8), which shared the conference title, is seeded No. 15 and will be home vs. No. 18 seed Croatan (12-9).

Western Alamance (6-14), the 2023 state runner-up, holds the No. 26 seed and has a trip to No. 7 seed Dixon (19-4).

Class 2-A

No Alamance County teams qualified.

Class 1-A

As the No. 23 seed, Clover Garden (10-8) goes to No. 10 seed Falls Lake (12-8-1).

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