Polk County’s baseball and girls soccer teams will have first-round playoff byes according to brackets released Monday by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.
Polk County’s softball team, meanwhile, received the ninth seed in the 1A West bracket and will host Cornerstone Charter in Tuesday’s opening round. Cornerstone enters as the 24th seed.
Cornerstone (11-9) is led by junior Morgan Kinney, hitting .441 with 17 RBI in 17 games, and freshman pitcher Sidney Clark, 8-2 with a 1.90 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 51 2/3 innings.
First-round games are slated for Tuesday, with second-round games on Friday.
Baseball: Polk County received the fourth seed in the 1A West bracket and a first-round bye.
The Wolverines will host the winner of No. 13 Murphy and No. 20 Pine Lake Prep in the second round. Murphy finished the season 13-4 while Pine Lake Prep sits at 11-8.
Murphy features freshman Briggs Cornwell, the leader of a standout group of young players. Cornwell is ranked fourth in the state in batting average per MaxPreps at .655 for the season. Another freshman, Payton McCracken, is hitting ,510.
The Wolverines (17-4) finished the season ranked 16th in the MaxPreps Adjusted Rankings.
Girls Soccer: Polk County received the fifth seed in the 1A West bracket and a first-round bye.
The Wolverines will host the winner of No. 12 Mount Airy and No. 21 North Stanly in the second round. Mount Airy boasts a 14-6-1 record while North Stanly is is 10-8. Mount Airy features senior Baylee Greenwood, who has 176 career goals and has signed with Salem College. Greenwood set a state record for sophomores two seasons ago with 66 goals. She has 58 this season.
Polk County (11-4-2) finished the season ranked 13th in the MaxPreps Adjusted Ratings.