A tip of the hat to the young ladies of spring across the Cape Fear region.

Only the best teams remain in the closing rounds of the NCHSAA baseball, softball and girls’ soccer state playoffs, which are four rounds deep and barreling toward regionals early next week.

Seven region teams remain across all three sports, and six of them are in play in soccer and softball.

The odds are certainly in the ladies’ favor, with two girls’ sports in season to the boys’ one. But a 6-to-1 ratio seems to suggest that Cape Fear region’s girls’ teams are enjoying a taste of success that the boys aren’t right now.

These things are cyclical. With the parity we’ve seen of late in the Mid-South, Cape Fear Valley and Southeastern baseball conferences, and a realignment shift next school year, I doubt we’ll have to wait very many more springs for an upswing in the number local baseball teams still standing late in the playoffs.

Until then, let’s shine a spotlight on the ladies.

In softball, only the 2-A bracket lacks a Cape Fear region team. Nationally ranked, undefeated Cape Fear, the top seed in the 4-A East, will be gunning for its third regional appearance in three years when it hosts Winterville South Central Friday night.

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