High School Sports

Rain poses a big threat to high school playoffs this week

Rainy weather could force changes to this week’s N.C. High School Athletic Association and N.C. Independent Schools playoff schedule in baseball, softball and girls soccer
Rainy weather could force changes to this week’s N.C. High School Athletic Association and N.C. Independent Schools playoff schedule in baseball, softball and girls soccer jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com

The area’s baseball, softball, girls’ soccer and lacrosse teams are scheduled to resume state tournament action Tuesday, with coaches and fans probably watching their weather apps as closely as the scoreboard this week.

Forecasters say an unusual weather pattern could produce five or six consecutive days of rainfall across the Carolinas. That could wreak havoc on the state playoff schedule.

The lowest chance of rainfall for the rest of the week is Tuesday, when most of the region’s teams are scheduled to play.

Rainfall chances range from 70 to 90 percent for the rest of the week.

In baseball, one featured game has Ardrey Kell (22-5) visiting Providence (22-3) in third-round 4A play. To try to get the game in, officials have moved the start time up one hour: from 6 p.m. to 5 p.m.

In 3A, China Grove Jesse Carson (23-5), with pro prospects Owen White and Maddux Holshouser, visits Marvin Ridge (25-5) at 7 p.m.

In softball, Mecklenburg County’s sole remaining team, Providence, is home at 6 p.m. against Harrisburg Hickory Ridge. The softball schedule also includes a pair of stellar 3A matchups – Marvin Ridge at unbeaten Monroe Parkwood (7 p.m.), and Boiling Springs Crest at Alexander Central (6 p.m.).

Lake Norman (17-5-1) travels to Providence (14-2-1) at 7 p.m. in a big 4A girls’ soccer third-round match.

Here is a look at Monday’s action:

S.C. softball

Richburg Lewisville 9, East Clarendon 7: The Lions took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three state 1A championship series, winning on the road. Winning pitcher Chloe Thomas allowed only three earned runs, and Lewisville got plenty of offense from Codi Horne (4-for-5, four RBI). In addition, Amber Bass, Gracen Watts and Addy Reardon hit home runs for Lewisville.

The Lions will be home in Game 2 of the series Wednesday evening.

N.C. team tennis

Providence and Myers Park will square off in the 4A Western Regional finals of the state team tennis tournament. Providence (16-2) advanced with a 5-2 victory over Greensboro Page, and Myers Park (18-0) downed Ardrey Kell 5-0.

In 3A, Concord Cox Mill (15-0) downed Southwest Guilford 5-1. But Marvin Ridge’s unbeaten season ended with a 5-4 loss to Asheville. The Mavericks finished 18-1. Cox Mill and Asheville will meet in the 3A Western finals.

Brevard (14-0) and Salisbury (21-0) will meet for the 2A Western title. Brevard ousted previously unbeaten Shelby (10-1) 7-2, while Salisbury ousted Lexington 5-1.

And Lincoln Charter (15-1) advanced to the 1A Western regional finals with a 6-3 triumph over Winston-Salem Bishop McGuinness, and Mount Airy downed Elkin 5-2 in the other quarterfinal. Lincoln Charter and Mount Airy will meet in the regional finals.

Western Regional championships are scheduled for Wednesday.



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