Beyond the Scoreboard: Reynolds-Roberson showdown highlights playoff games

Hendersonville High soccer standout Eden Hawkins is a finalist for Female Athlete of the Year. (Photo credit: Eden Hawkins)

It's been a great year for Reynolds High athletics - the football and boys' soccer programs reached the 3A state title games, the boys basketball team shared a conference title and the girls soccer team finished


And now the baseball team has advanced to the fourth round of postseason play, with a familiar foe standing in the way.

Defending 4A state champion Roberson (17-10) has bounced back from two lopsided losses to Reynolds to close the regular season and will play at the Rockets' home field on Friday in the fourth round of the playoffs.

Reynolds (21-3), which has won 13 of its last 14 games, knocked off Southwest Guilford 6-2 Tuesday night to keep advancing in the playoffs.

Reynolds has outscored its three postseason opponents 21-5.

Roberson, after losing to Reynolds 10-0 and 21-9 in a pair of games that decided the Western Mountain Athletic Conference title, has won close pitching duels (3-2 vs. Rockingham) and a wild offensive affair (15-10 vs. Robinson).

The Rams advanced Tuesday night with a 4-1 triumph over Southeast Guilford.

Three other WNC teams remain alive for the chase for a state title, including a pair of unbeaten schools.

The 1A Murphy baseball team (24-0), seeded second, hosts Uwharrie Charter (25-3). The Bulldogs are trying to get to the state championship best-of-three series for a second straight season.

The No. 2 seed Franklin girls (21-0) host No. 3 Foard (20-3) in the fourth round of the 2A playoffs.

In girls soccer, 3A Roberson, the fifth seed, plays at home vs. No. 9 Weddington (15-7).

Weather permitting, 2A girls soccer teams Owen and Hendersonville have third-round matches set for Wednesday night.

Owen (16-3-1) travels to Salisbury (23-0) and Hendersonville (16-1-1) hosts R-S Central (17-3).