Tuesday, May 28, 2013

NCHSAA state championship softball pairings announced

RALEIGH – The pairings and the schedules are set for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state fast-pitch softball championships.

            For the second year in a row, the championships are best-of-three series between the Eastern champion and the Western champion, both of whom won best-of-three regional series. From 1995 to 2011, the top four teams in each classification came to Walnut Creek for a double-elimination tournament.
    This will mark the 19th annual fast pitch championships and the 39th year for NCHSAA softball.  The Raleigh Sports Consortium and the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau are among the host city sponsors.
            
NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
2013 STATE FAST PITCH SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Walnut Creek Softball Complex, Raleigh
All series are best of three

CLASS 4-A:  WAKE FOREST-ROLESVILLE (20-3) vs. ALEXANDER CENTRAL (31-1), Field 2
Friday, May 31: Game 1, 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 1: Game 2, 11 a.m.
Saturday, June 1: Game 3, if necessary, 2 p.m.

CLASS 3-A: GREENVILLE D.H. CONLEY (22-5) vs. CONCORD JAY ROBINSON (28-2), Field 1
Friday, May 31: Game 1, 7 p.m.
Saturday, June 1: Game 2, 11 a.m.
Saturday, June 1: Game 3, if necessary, 2 p.m.

CLASS 2-A: SOUTH GRANVILLE (24-1) vs. WEST STANLY (26-4), Field 4
Friday, May 31: Game 1, 7 p.m.
Saturday, June 1: Game 2, 11 a.m.
Saturday, June 1: Game 3, if necessary, 2 p.m.

CLASS 1-A: ROBERSONVILLE SOUTH CREEK (22-1) vs. WEST WILKES (25-3), Field 3
Friday, May 31: Game 1, 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 1: Game 2, 11 a.m.
Saturday, June 1: Game 3, if necessary, 2 p.m.

NCHSAA FastFacts
Event: 39th annual NCHSAA Softball Championships
Date: May 31-June 1, 2012
Site:  Walnut Creek Softball Complex
First Held: 1975 (slow-pitch); first fast-pitch tournament was in fall of 1994
Qualifiers: Eastern and Western champions meet for state title in best two-of-three series; 64 schools initially qualified for playoffs in each classification
Last year's champions: 1-A: South Stanly; 2-A: Wilson Beddingfield; 3-A: Pikeville Charles B. Aycock; 4-A: Indian Trail Porter Ridge
Tickets: Eight dollars per game
Of Interest:  Only three players in NCHSAA history were three-time Most Valuable Players in the state fast-pitch softball championships: Chelsea Leonard of Central Davidson, Brittany Lehrschall of North Brunswick, and Haley Shelton of East Surry.
Host City Sponsors: Raleigh Sports Consortium and Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau


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