Jay M. Robinson at Ardrey Kell: Two preseason Observer Sweet 16 teams meet in a nonconference game March 28 when 3A power No. 9 Jay M. Robinson travels to No. 3 Ardrey Kell.
Robinson made it to the 3A state quarterfinals last year and is led by Dallas King, a junior pitcher who was conference player of the year last season.
Ardrey Kell returns three all-Southwestern 4A players from last year, including juniors Jordan Hostetler and Taylor Freeman and senior Stephanie Wood.
When: March 28, 5:30 p.m. Where: Ardrey Kell High.
Providence High at Butler: Providence High may be stacked with the most baseball talent in south Charlotte, with N.C. State signees Brett Austin and Jake Fincher and Clemson commit Jackson Campana. But early in the conference season, the Panthers already have dropped one conference game to South Mecklenburg.
Providence will try to climb back up the Southwestern 4A standings when it plays Butler, which is still undefeated in the conference (through March 17).
When: March 25, 6:30 p.m. Where: Butler High.
Charlotte Country Day at Providence Day: The conference rivalry renews today as the Buccaneers try to take down the reigning N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A champions.
The Chargers return five starters from last year and the Bucs return six. The rivalry historically has been very competitive, with the teams splitting matches over the past five years.
When: March 23, 4 p.m. Where: Providence Day School.
Butler at Ardrey Kell: Two preseason Sweet 16 teams meet in a Southwestern 4A conference game Thursday when the Butler Bulldogs travel to Ardrey Kell.
No. 5 Ardrey Kell is trying to improve on last year, when it lost in the second round of the 4A state championship.
No. 9 Butler made it to the sectional final last year before falling to East Forsyth - the team that knocked out the Knights.
When: March 24, 6:30 p.m. Where: Ardrey Kell High.