The N.C. High School Athletic Association public school playoffs are in full swing, as are the N.C. Independent Schools private playoffs, but there is some wet weather heading into the Charlotte area this weekend.
Former Observer weather reporter Steve Lyttle thinks most teams will be able to play, but some wet fields could cause things to get tricky.
Rain is in the forecast later Friday and Saturday for the Carolinas, but the latest forecasts indicate the most likely time for showers in the Charlotte area will be after 10 p.m. Friday. That would allow for Friday evening's athletic events to be completed.
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Showers are expected to start by late afternoon in the mountains.
Showers are forecast to continue into Saturday, but forecasters say most of the rain will end by late morning. A number of playoff games are scheduled Saturday afternoon and evening.
▪ Among featured games scheduled for Friday is reigning N.C. 4A baseball champ North Davidson at Hough. The second round 4A playoff game starts at 6 p.m.
North Davidson outfielder Austin Beck, a Major League Draft target and UNC signee, came in as a seventh inning relief pitcher and struck out out the side in North Davidson’s 2-1 first-round win over McDowell. The Black Knights improved to 21-5.
Beck, 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, is hitting .588. He had nine home runs and 32 RBIs before the McDowell game and plays in front of dozens of Major League scouts every time he plays. Baseball America ranks him as the second best high school hitting propsect available in the June 12 Major League draft.