Fruita Monument shocked to get No. 2 seed in softball playoffs

Fruita Monument High School softball coach Jamie Dunn knew her team was in the Class 5A regional playoffs, but she didn’t know what seed to expect.

The Wildcats received a seed much higher than Dunn imagined. The Colorado High School Activities Association released the Class 5A and 4A regional brackets Sunday.

Fruita Monument (17-2) is seeded second out of 32 teams and will host a regional on Saturday at Canyon View Park. The Wildcats will play 31st seed Westminster (11-7) at 10 a.m.

“When I found out, I didn’t know what to say,” Dunn said. “I thought, ‘Really? Are you sure we’re No. 2?’ “

Arvada West (10-9) and Eaglecrest (13-6) are in the region as well. The top two teams in each region advance to the state tournament.After some time to let it sink in, Dunn began to rationalize the seed and determined the Wildcats earned it.

Fruita Monument handed No. 4 seed Mountain Vista (16-3) its only shutout loss of the season and the Wildcats lost two games by a combined three runs.

Central (16-3) not only received a regional bid, the Warriors are seeded seventh and will host a regional Saturday alongside Fruita at Canyon View Park.

“We had a pretty good record and did well in non-league games,” Central coach Scott Else said. “We were hoping to get in, but hosting is a bonus.”

Central plays 26th seed Rangeview (12-7) at 10 a.m. Saturday at Canyon View Park. No. 10 seed Cherokee Trail (13-5) plays 23-seed Douglas County (12-7) in the other game at 10 a.m.

The Warriors are led by Jessica Romine, who broke the school record for home runs in a season with 11. Central has 37 for the season.

Class 4A

Palisade (13-6) received the 20th seed and will play in Region 4, hosted by No. 4 seed Pueblo East (16-1-2) on Saturday at Kennedy Sport Complex in Denver.

The Bulldogs open 13th seed Mesa Ridge (6-13) while Pueblo East plays 29-seed Palmer Ridge (6-13).

“Our plan was to play our best softball now and the last two weeks we’ve played well,” Palisade coach Tony Kirby said. “We’re scoring a lot of runs and playing good defense.”

Montrose (10-9) received the 24th seed and will play in Region 2 at Barnes Park in Loveland. No. 8 seed Windsor (13-6), ninth seed Widefield (12-7) and 25th seed Air Academy (12-7) are in the region.

Montezuma-Cortez (6-12) received the third and final regional berth out of the combined Southwestern and Western Slope League. The Panthers received the 32nd seed and play top seed Wheat Ridge (18-1).


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