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Alexander County scored five early runs and held off a late charge from Hickory, winning the first Area IV playoff game between the two teams Tuesday, 5-3.
Game two of the series takes places tonight at Henkel-Alley Field at the American Legion Fairgrounds. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
To read more of this story, pick up the Wednesday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.
Other Area IV playoff scores from Tuesday
Cherryville 7, Lincoln County 0 (Cherryville leads series, 1-0)
Shelby 9, Burke County 7 (Shelby leads series, 1-0)
Gastonia 5, Henderson County 2 (Gastonia leads series, 1-0)
Gaston Braves 9, Rutherford County 3 (Braves lead series, 1-0)
Mint Hill 7, Caldwell County 3 (Mint Hill leads series, 1-0)
Huntersville 8, Asheville 1 (Huntersville leads series, 1-0)