Prep Sports: Conference tourney champs to be decided this week
Regular season action wrapped up last Friday on both the baseball and softball diamonds, meaning conference tournament time is here.
Some have already locked up spots for the state playoffs, and others have assured themselves the No. 1 seed for the playoffs from their respective conferences. Others, like East Davidson and Central Davidson will duke it out in the Central Carolina Conference softball tournament to decide who gets the top seed.
For years, the Lady Spartans have owned the CCC. With a long line of dominant pitchers coming through the system in Southmont, Central not only has won many games, but done it in a overwhelming fashion. The dominance in the circle has not been as noticeable in 2013, but they remain a dangerous team with a lineup full of bats.
In their first meeting with the Golden Eagles this season, CDHS outhit East in a 12-8 slugfest. The hit parade continued in the rematch at Central, but the Eagles were the ones making all the noise in a 13-2 blowout. That leaves the schools tied for first in the standings with 9-1 records.
They will likely get to decide the championship amongst themselves on Friday at East in the finals. Both were head and shoulders better than anyone else in the league, but will have to do a little work before then. East has the No. 1 seed in the tournament and will play the winner of the quarterfinal game between fifth-seeded Thomasville and No. 4 Salisbury today at 7 p.m. Central gets the winner of the Lexington/West Davidson game at 4:30. The finals will be Friday at 7 p.m. at East.
In CCC baseball, East has completed a perfect run through league play and have already locked up the top seed for the state playoffs. They enter the tournament with no pressure on them, but would like to add a tournament title to their already impressive resume. Standing in the way of a sweep are three teams who gave the Eagles a tough test. Second-seeded Salisbury made East earn a win in a 10-inning thriller, and the No. 3 seed Green Dragons had them down for much of the contest in Tyro. Central nearly pulled off an upset at East earlier in the season.
West was to play bottom seed Thomasville on Tuesday, while Central was hosting Lexington. East will get the Central/Lexington winner in today’s first semifinal at West, and Salisbury will play the West/Thomasville victor in the nightcap. Friday’s final is 7 p.m. at Feezor Field.
In the Mid-Piedmont 3-A Conference, Ledford’s softball team hopes for a better showing after being ousted in the semifinals at home last year by Southern Guilford. The Panthers have endured an up and down season, but have as good of a chance as any to take the hardware. They enter as the No. 2 seed behind regular season winner and tournament host Southwestern Randolph. The Panthers and Cougars split during the year. SWR will participate in the first semifinal today at 4:30 p.m. and LHS will follow at 7. The final will be played Thursday at 7.
Ledford’s baseball team had a promising start to the conference season but faded to get a No. 4 seed for the tournament. They pounded North Forsyth in the quarterfinals Monday, advancing them to a semifinal game today at McCrary Park against top-seeded Asheboro.
The final is scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m.