Prep baseball teams from valley learn playoff seeds
Four of the five high school baseball teams in the Southwestern League — including all three Class 5A squads — qualified for their respective playoff fields, which were released by the Colorado High School Activities Association on Wednesday.
SWL champion Fruita Monument (13-6) was seeded No. 2 in its region and will face No. 3 Ralston Valley (11-8) in the first round. The winner gets either No. 1 Mountain Vista (14-5), the region’s host, or No. 4 Coronado (13-6).
Central (12-7) was seeded No. 2 in its four-team regional and will face No. 3 Fairview (12-7). If the Warriors win, they’ll face the winner of top-seeded host Legend (14-5) and No. 4 Pomona (10-9).
Grand Junction (11-8), seeded No. 3, will have a familiar opponent in its regional, but will first have to get by No. 2 Heritage (12-7). Top-seeded Rock Canyon (13-6) and No. 4 Grandview (9-10) are on the other side of the region. Rock Canyon defeated the Tigers 16-2 early in the season and the team features several college-bound players.
Palisade (16-3), champions of the 4A Western Slope League, were seeded fourth overall in the playoff field and will host a regional Saturday at Palisade High School.
The Bulldogs, the top seed in their regional, will host No. 4 Evergreen (11-8) at 12:30 p.m., with the winner facing either No. 2 Fort Morgan (15-4) or No. 3 Pueblo East (13-6) at 3 p.m.
It’s the Bulldogs’ eighth straight trip to the playoffs.
Montrose (11-8) also qualified for the 4A field and will travel to face Pueblo West (15-4), the regional’s host and the sixth seed in the playoff field. Rifle (11-8) will travel to Air Academy (15-4) to face the fifth overall seed.
Delta (15-4), in the midst of an 11-game winning streak, will host a regional in Class 3A, facing No. 4 Rye (10-8). Times and dates for the regional weren’t immediately available. The winner of that game will face the winner of No. 2 Valley (13-6) and No. 3 Alamosa (13-5).
No. 2 Cedaredge (14-5) will travel to a regional hosted by No. 1 Lamar (18-1) and face No. 3 Sterling (11-8).