Fred T. Foard High is back in the second round of the state baseball playoffs after opening this year’s tournament with a 4-2 home victory over Wilkes Central on Tuesday night.
The Tigers (12-9), seeded No. 16, now await the winner of Wednesday’s No. 32 North Wilkes (9-13) at No. 1 North Lincoln (21-2) game.
Wilkes Central, a No. 17 seed, finished 12-13.
If North Wilkes wins, Foard will be at home Saturday in the second round at a game time to be determined; if North Lincoln wins, the Tigers travel to North Lincoln (game time also to be determined).
Foard, 6-3 at home this season, picked up career win No. 126 on Tuesday for head coach Channon Vogel, evening his 10-year record at Foard at (unofficially) 126-126.
The Tigers are 14-14 in the baseball postseason since the 1984 season.
A season ago, when playing in 3A prior to statewide realignment kicking in this school year, Foard was the West No. 6 seed and got to the third round before falling 3-2 at second-seeded Marvin Ridge in the third round.
The Tigers haven’t been deeper in the state baseball playoffs than the third round (twice) since 1984. They played for a state baseball title in the mid-1970s.
No game details for the win over Wilkes Central were available.
Marvin Ridge 28, St. Stephens 6
The host Indians were eliminated in the second round on Tuesday night, giving up 17 unanswered goals after Marvin Ridge was ahead 5-4 at one point.
Dylan McFarland and Matt Hainor each had two first-half goals for St. Stephens, which finished 13-5.
The Indians advanced to the second round of the bracket with an 11-10 win over Sun Valley.
Marvin Ridge improved to 16-3.