Bladen teams open state playoffs Wednesday at home


Three teams from Bladen County will open the 2016 state playoffs on Wednesday, and all three will have home games.

On the baseball diamond …

The East Bladen Eagles — conference champions for the first time since 1997 — will host the Currituck Knights on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Class 2-A East bracket.

East Bladen finished the regular season with a 15-6 overall mark and 11-3 in the Four County Conference. Currituck is 11-12 overall and was 7-6 in the Northeastern Coastal Conference. The Eagles are the No. 5 seed, while the Knights are No. 28.

On the softball diamond …

The West Bladen Lady Knights will host the Franklinton Lady Rams on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

West Bladen finished the regular season as the No. 1 Class 2-A team out of the Four County Conference with a record of 14-8 overall and 11-3 in the conference. Franklinton is 11-6 overall and was 8-6 in the Northern Carolina Conference. The Lady Knights are the No. 9 seed and the Lady Rams are the No. 24 seed.

On the soccer pitch …

The No. 10 seed East Bladen Lady Eagles will host the No. 23 seed Randleman Lady Tigers on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Class 2-A East playoffs.

The Lady Eagles are 18-2 overall and were 12-2 in the Four County Conference, while the Lady Tigers are 6-12 overall and were 4-4 in the PAC-6 Conference.

Outside the county …

The Harrells Crusaders baseball team, 12-11 overall and 6-2 in the Cape Fear Independent Conference, will host the Trinity School of Durham Lions, 8-10-1 overall and 6-5 in the NCISAA Triad Conference, on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

The Crusaders are seeded No. 8 and the Lions are the No. 8 seed in the NCISAA Class 2-A playoffs.

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