PREP NOTEBOOK: Lady Tigers advance, Indians fall

The St. Stephens baseball team lost its third-straight 3A first-round playoff game, falling to Crest on Thursday, 13-8.

Tied 7-7 in the fifth inning, Crest score four runs, including a two-RBI single by Brock Melton, to pull away for good. Melton led the Chargers with four RBIs on a 4-for-4 hitting performance on the day.

Four Indians had two hits apiece, including Dillion Spencer, Ky'rawn Whitfield, Dylan Beiland and Phillip Carroll.

St. Stephens ends its season with an 11-12 record overall.

3A softball playoffs

Fred T. Foard 3, Tuscola 0

Behind an 18-strikeout performance from pitcher Lexi Shubert, the Lady Tigers advanced to the second round of the 3A softball playoffs with a shutout victory against the Lady Mountaineers.

Ashley Oliver led Foard offensively with a pair of singles and drove in one RBI. Shubert, who allowed one hit on the mound in the game, also had an RBI single.

The Lady Tigers (20-4) face either Crest (15-4) or North Buncombe (8-15) on Tuesday in the second round of the playoffs with the game location and time yet to be determined.

Today's baseball, softball playoff match-ups

Softball playoff games
Maiden (14-8) at West Stokes (16-11), 7 p.m.
South Point (18-4) at St. Stephens (18-7), 4:30 p.m.
West Davidson (9-12) at Bandys (17-5), 6 p.m.
Bunker Hill (12-11) at Pisgah (14-4), 5 p.m.

Baseball playoff games
Bunker Hill (16-9) at Brevard (11-9), 7 p.m.
Starmount (18-7) at Maiden (18-8), 6 p.m.
Bandys (16-7) at West Stokes (20-3), 7 p.m.

Soccer playoff games
Ashbrook (15-2-4) at St. Stephens (19-1-2), 6 p.m.
East Henderson (13-8) at Hickory (18-7), 7 p.m.