State baseball draws released |

State baseball draws released

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

WHEAT RIDGE, Colorado – Rifle owes Delta a thank-you card.

By virtue of Delta’s sweep of Moffat County in regular season-ending baseball action on Tuesday, the Bears are bound for the Class 4A state playoffs.

Finishing in a three-way tie for the 4A Western Slope League’s fourth and final playoff spot with Moffat County and Glenwood Springs, Rifle came out ahead in a tiebreaker. All three entered the tiebreaking process with 6-8 league records.

According to Glenwood Springs Athletic Director Craig Denney, the tiebreaker for such a scenario is head-to-head records in games involving the tied teams.

Rifle defeated Glenwood twice and split with Moffat County for a 3-1 record, which beat out Glenwood’s 2-2 record and Moffat County’s 1-3 record in head-to-head games.

And so the Bears are off to the district round of the state playoffs. They were placed in District 7, which will be hosted by Wheat Ridge, the No. 3 seed in the

32-team bracket.

Rifle (9-10) drew the 30th seed and will open with the host Farmers (15-4) at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The winner will play either No. 14 Skyline (13-6) or No. 19 Lewis-Palmer (12-7) at 3 p.m. Saturday with a trip to the eight-team state tournament on the line.

EATON, Colorado – Knowing little about the teams Roaring Fork’s up against in the district round of the Class 3A playoffs, coach Tim Nieslanik’s content to head to Eaton and see what happens.

The 13-6 Rams drew the 17th seed in the 32-team bracket and will travel to the Front Range school for district play on Saturday. They’ll open with No. 16 Bennett (15-2) at 12:30 p.m.

Should Roaring Fork advance, it’d draw either No. 1 Eaton (19-0) or No. 32 Sheridan (8-10) in the 3 p.m. second-round game.

The Rams are in the playoffs for the first time since 2006.

“It’s been a long time since these guys have been in it,” Nieslanik said. “We’re just going to go down there and see what happens.”

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