Weather delays conference tournaments


By Jackson Fuller - [email protected]



McKenzie Cooke fires to first base in a North Surry win earlier this season. Cooke and the Greyhounds will open play in the WPAC tournament on Friday night.


Jackson Fuller | The News

Inclement weather in Surry County postponed three local conference tournaments on Thursday.

The Northwest Conference softball final between No. 1 North Stokes and No. 2 East Surry will now take place on Friday at 7 p.m. Despite playing on their home field, the Lady Cardinals will be the visitors on Friday night, since North Stokes is the tournament’s top-seed.

It will be the third meeting between the league’s top two teams. The Lady Vikings (18-1, 10-0) earned a sweep in the regular season, defeating East Surry 10-4 in Pilot Mountain and 6-4 in Danbury. To get to this championship bout, East Surry (19-5, 8-2) beat Walkertown 11-1 and North Stokes knocked off Mount Airy 15-0.

The lone conference tournament not to get derailed on Thursday was the Northwest’s baseball playoff. No. 1 Walkertown (19-3, 10-0) will collide with No. 3 North Stokes (17-9, 7-3) in the Friday night final at Mount Airy High School.

The Wolfpack defeated Bishop McGuinness 7-3 in their semifinal, while North Stokes needed two victories in the tournament to reach the championship. The Vikings beat Atkins 13-2 in the first round before defeating East Surry 5-2 in the other semifinal.

Over in the Western Piedmont Athletic Conference, both the baseball and softball tournaments still need to complete the semifinal action after an array of postponements this week. North Surry is hosting the baseball playoff, and both semis will take place on Friday.

At 5 p.m., No. 1 Forbush (16-7, 9-1) will battle No. 5 West Stokes (9-13, 5-5). This will be the Falcons’ first game of the tournament after receiving a bye, but West Stokes needed a 5-1 win over No. 4 Surry Central to reach this round.

The No. 2 Greyhounds (16-8, 6-4) also received an opening-round bye and they will open up play in the WPAC tournament at 7 p.m. against No. 3 South Stokes (12-11, 5-5). North Surry swept the season series with South Stokes, but both games were close, featuring a 3-2 and a 3-0 result.

Finally, the WPAC softball tournament will have its semifinals played at Forbush High School on Friday. Friday’s first game will see No. 2 South Stokes (9-12, 7-3) tangle with county rival No. 3 West Stokes (13-7, 6-4). In the second matchup, No. 5 Surry Central (12-13, 3-7) looks for the upset against No. 1 Forbush (21-1, 10-0).

At press time, it was unknown what times the WPAC semifinals were scheduled for, and whether or not the championship would follow immediately after on Friday or be held on Saturday.

McKenzie Cooke fires to first base in a North Surry win earlier this season. Cooke and the Greyhounds will open play in the WPAC tournament on Friday night.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_DSC_0382.jpgMcKenzie Cooke fires to first base in a North Surry win earlier this season. Cooke and the Greyhounds will open play in the WPAC tournament on Friday night. Jackson Fuller | The News

By Jackson Fuller

[email protected]

Reach Jackson at 415-4702 and on twitter @jacksonfuller16

Reach Jackson at 415-4702 and on twitter @jacksonfuller16

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