The I-Meck's top teams - North Mecklenburg and Lake Norman - are two of the top softball teams in the state, going into the 4A playoffs this week.
North Meck (19-4), No. 5 in the state, goes into the postseason as one of the favorites after having gone 33-13 in the past two years and making two back-to-back trips to the 4A state quarter finals.
"We need to take that next step and get to the final four," said North Meck softball coach Paul Kikta. "Then we'll take our chances once we get to Raleigh."
Lake Norman (23-2), No. 7 in the state and I-Meck tournament champs, is also a strong contender.
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Only time will tell how far both the Vikings and Wildcats go into the playoffs, or if they will meet for the fourth time this season in the 4A playoff bracket.
There is no reason to think North Meck won't make a third trip to the state quarterfinals this season after having done it in 2008 and 2009.
But the question remains, can they get to Raleigh, where they really want to be?
The Vikings have one of the top pitching staffs in the state, led by veterans Sara Allen and Morgan Lashley. With Sara Mooney behind the plate, it will be hard to produce a lot offense against the Vikings.
If North Meck's offense can produce consistently in the playoffs, it would be hard to imagine the Vikings not making it to Raleigh.
After having been a solid team in the 3A North Piedmont conference for years, Lake Norman has burst on the scene in the 4A I-Meck this year under first-year head coach Bob Hall.
Even with a lineup that includes three freshmen, three sophomores, a junior and only two seniors, the Wildcats have been one of the best teams in the state, so far.
The Wildcats, who haven't advanced past the first round in the past two seasons, must prove they can handle playoff pressure.
But with a dominant pitching staff that includes sophomore sensations Stacey Houser (6-0, 0.52 ERA) and Kayla Pine (6-2, 1.12 ERA), Lake Norman will be a tough out even for the state's best.
How well the Wildcats' hitting holds up against the betters team will tell the tale. Lake Norman boasts six players hitting over .390, including Houser (.493), Pine (.455), Dominique Wilson (.403), Shelby Bailey (.403), Mariah McGuffey (.393) and Arin Hall .390.
"We've got a very young team with a lot of confidence," Hall said. "I think that can be a good thing and a bad thing at the same time. But, we want to see how good we can be (in the playoffs)."
After enduring a brutal schedule in the I-Meck, Hopewell and Mooresville will all have a shot at winning road games in the first round of the playoffs at least.
Hopewell has given both Lake Norman and North Meck tough games, proving they can play with anyone. Mooresville, who beat Lake Norman earlier this year, will be hard to beat in their first 4A playoff appearance.