Beyond the Scoreboard: Three Polk County teams among 16 WNC squads alive in the playoffs

The Tuscola softball team celebrates after a 2-0 playoff win at Central Cabarrus. (Photo credit: Diana Gates)

With 16 WNC high school teams still alive going into the third round of the playoffs in three spring team sports, Polk County is the only area school with all three teams still chasing state titles.

The 1A Wolverines continue postseason play in baseball, girls soccer and softball on the road Tuesday. The fifth-seeded baseball team (20-3) travels to Lincoln Charter (19-5) in a 7 p.m. start, the 8th-seeded softball squad (15-6) visits North Stokes (21-3) at 6 p.m. and the seventh-seeded girls soccer team (13-7) plays at South Stokes (13-5) at 6 p.m.

Roberson (3A) and Murphy (1A) each have two teams still playing. The Rams’ 10th seeded baseball program (16-10) that won a 4A title last spring travels to Southeast Guilford (23-3) in a 7 p.m. first pitch, and the fourth-seeded girls soccer team (18-4-1) hosts Southwest Guilford (19-2), also at 7.

The undefeated and second-seeded Murphy baseball team goes after its 24th straight win against visiting Mooresville Pine Lake Prep (15-6) at 5 p.m. The Bulldogs’ sixth-seeded girls soccer squad (14-2) plays at Lincoln Charter (18-1-1) at 5.

In other baseball play, No. 3 3A Reynolds (20-3) hosts Southwest Guilford (23-3) at 7 p.m. and 2A No. 4 Smoky Mountain (20-3) hosts Forbush (22-5) at 5.

Despite a 20-2 record, No. 5 North Buncombe (3A) softball has a road game at China Grove Jesse Carson (18-6) and No. 15 Tuscola (16-6) travels to Cox Mill (16-8).

No. 6 seed and undefeated Madison tries to get to 22-0 at Fred T. Foard (19-3) and No. 2 Franklin (20-0) hosts Mount Pleasant (21-6) at 6.

In 1A, No. 5 Robbinsville (22-1) plays at South Stanly (21-5) at 6.

In 2A girls soccer, No. 8 Owen (16-3-1) goes to Salisbury (23-0) and No. 2 Hendersonville (16-1-1) hosts R-S Central (17-3).