Palisade baseball team likely to host districts
District tournament baseball teams in the Class 4A and 3A Western Slope League and the Southwestern League have been determined.
Where those teams will play is still up in the air.
Palisade (17-2 overall, 12-0 WSL), the league champion with the best overall record in the classification, looks like it’s in good shape to be one of the eight teams to host a four-team district tournament on Saturday. The Colorado High School Activities Association will seed the 32 district-tournament qualifiers in the classification on Wednesday.
CHSAA’s seeding committee, according to its bulletin posted prior to the season, will determine seeding based on teams’ overall record, strength of schedule, head-to-head competition, record against common opponents and geography. The top eight postseason seeds in 5A, 4A and 3A will each host a four-team district tournament Saturday, with winners advancing to state tournament play beginning May 18 and 19.
The top three teams from the 4A WSL qualified for district play. Advancing to the postseason with Palisade are second-place Delta (11-8, 8-4) and Glenwood Springs (10-9, 8-4).
Rifle, Hotchkiss, Olathe, Cedaredge, Roaring Fork and Gunnison have all reached the postseason in the 3A WSL. Rifle and Hotchkiss (both 17-2 overall and 16-2 in league) shared the league title this season.
The Bears, however, would be more likely to host a district tournament than Hotchkiss. The teams split their doubleheader on March 24, but Rifle holds the common-opponent tiebreaker between the teams, Rifle coach Troy Phillips said.
Olathe, the WSL’s third-place team, was swept by Rifle on March 17 but split its doubleheader April 7 with the Bulldogs.
In the Southwestern League, Grand Junction and Fruita Monument qualified for Class 5A district play and Montrose and Durango qualified in 4A. District pairings for Grand Junction and Fruita will be announced by CHSAA today.
Paonia already knows its postseason destination. The seventh-seeded Eagles (15-5-1 overall), winners of the three-team Class 2A Western Slope League, will play in the Region 4 tournament at Runyon Complex in Pueblo against Sargent (12-3) at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The winner advances to play either second-seeded Las Animas (19-2) or John Mall (11-8) later in the day, with that winner advancing to the 2A state tournament at Englewood High School on May 19.
Rangely (11-10), the 2A WSL’s second-place finisher, plays in the Region 3 tournament against Resurrection Christian (18-3) at 10 a.m. Saturday at All-Star Park in Lakewood.
Grand Junction (10-4-1, 7-2-1 SWL), the second-place finisher in the Southwestern League behind 4A Durango (10-4-1, 8-2-0), was given the No. 18 seed in the Class 5A state tournament.
The Tigers travel to No. 15 Fairview (8-5-1) in Boulder on Wednesday, with the winner advancing to play either Fossil Ridge (13-1-1) or Northglenn (8-6-1) on Saturday.
Earning the best playoff seed among Western Slope teams is Glenwood Springs, which was seeded 12th after winning the 4A WSL title with a 12-1-2 overall record. The Demons will host Frederick (9-3-3) on Tuesday. Also hosting on Tuesday is Durango, the bracket’s 14th seed which will host Wheat Ridge (5-8-2).
Palisade (9-5-0) also earned a state berth, getting a first-round game at D’Evelyn (8-4-3) with the bracket’s No. 26 seed.
In Class 3A, Coal Ridge (11-1-3, 7-0-2 Region 3) earned the state tournament’s No. 13 seed and a first-round home game thanks to the Titans’ second-place finish to Aspen (11-1-3, 8-0-1) in the league standings. They’ll host Telluride (11-2-2) on Wednesday. Aspen hosts Denver Christian (6-6-3) Wednesday as the No. 11 seed.
Roaring Fork (11-4-0) plays at The Academy (13-2-0) and Basalt (7-6-2) plays at Colorado Academy (9-4-2) on Wednesday.