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NCHSAA softball finals begin Friday

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NCHSAA release

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

    The opening rounds pair Eastern representatives against Eastern representatives and West against West, with the top four teams in each classification converging on the Walnut Creek Softball Complex in Raleigh for the double-elimination format championships on Friday and Saturday.

     This will mark the 18th annual fast pitch championships and the 38th year for NCHSAA softball. The Raleigh Sports Consortium and the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau are among the host city sponsors.

 
 

2011 STATE FAST PITCH SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Walnut Creek Softball Complex, Raleigh

 
CLASS 4-A

Holly Springs (22-1) vs. Clayton (16-9), Friday at 5 p.m. (Field 1)

Alexander Central (28-1) vs. North Davidson (27-1), Friday at 5 p.m. (Field 2)

Winners' bracket final Friday at 7:30 pm (Field 1)

Elimination game Friday at 7:30 pm (Field 2)

Losers' bracket final Saturday at 11 am (Field 1)

Championship game Saturday at 1:30 pm (Field 1); if needed, a second game will follow at 4 pm

 
CLASS 3-A

Southern Vance (22-3) or Southwestern Randolph (24-4), pending Monday night game vs. Greenville D.H. Conley (23-4), Friday at 6 p.m. (Field 3)

Shelby Crest (22-3) vs. East Rowan (24-2), Friday at 6 pm (Field 4)

Winners' bracket final Friday at 8:30 pm (Field 3)

Elimination game Friday at 8:30 pm (Field 4)

Losers' bracket final Saturday at 11 am (Field 2)

Championship game Saturday at 1:30 pm (Field 2); if needed, a second game will follow at 4 pm

 
CLASS 2-A

Eastern Randolph (28-2) vs. Swansboro (21-6), Friday at 5 pm (Field 8)

Canton Pisgah (21-4) vs. Central Davidson (26-3), Friday at 5 pm (Field 9)

Winners' bracket final Friday at 7:30 pm (Field 8)

Elimination game Friday at 7:30 pm (Field 9)    

Losers' bracket final Saturday at 11 am (Field 4)

Championship game Saturday at 1:30 pm (Field 4); if needed, a second game will follow at 4 pm

 
CLASS 1-A

Princeton (21-5) vs. Pamlico (24-4), Friday at 6 pm (Field 6)

Murphy (25-2) vs. East Surry (25-4), Friday at 6 pm (Field 7)

Winners' bracket final Friday at 8:30 pm (Field 6)

Elimination game Friday at 8:30 pm (Field 7)

Losers' bracket final Saturday at 11 am (Field 3)

Championship game Saturday at 1:30 pm (Field 3); if needed, a second game will follow at 4 pm

 
 
END NCHSAA SOFTBALL SCHEDULE

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Tim has covered high school sports for more than 40 years. He is the only active newspaper reporter in the National High School Sports Hall of Fame and is a member of the N.C. High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame. He was the co-author of the original NCHSAA record book. When he not writing about boys and girls, he often is at church or in a theater. Email Tim.
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