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Prep baseball teams hope to extend season

Phil Sandoval

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That’s the extra spice or stigma facing Glenwood Springs, Rifle and Roaring Fork as prep district baseball tournaments get under way this afternoon.

Every team who makes it to the first round starts out even, but unlike the pros, there’s no way to redeem yourself after a loss.

Glenwood has a tougher task. The Demons have to start tournament play on the road.

Glenwood finished in fifth place in the 4A WSL, and is the No. 6 seed in the 4A District 1 tournament.

The Demons have drawn second-seeded Montrose from the Southwestern League as their first round opponent.

That game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.

Roaring Fork (6-2 in league, 11-8 overall), finished second in the Southern Division of the 12-team, 3A WSL, earned a first-round bye and does not play until Friday’s quarterfinals.

Rifle and Roaring Fork have earned home games.

Winning the 4A WSL pennant gave the 15-3 Bears (11-1 in league play) the No. 1 seed in the District 1 Tournament.

They play Steamboat Springs, who defeated Battle Mountain 7-4 in Monday’s pigtail game, today at 4 p.m. at Cooper Field..

If Rifle defeats the No. 8 seeded Sailors, they receive a bonus.

The remainder of the District 1 tournament will be held at the Bears’ home field.

The winners from Tuesday’s first-round games advance to the semifinals on Friday.

The first game pits the winner of the Rifle/Battle Mountain contest against Palisade or Montezuma-Cortez at 2 p.m.

The other semifinal, featuring the winners of the Glenwood/Montrose and Delta/Moffat County games, follows at 4:30 p.m.

Semifinal winners play for the district crown on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

The district champion and runner-up teams advance to next week’s regional tournament.

The road to the 3A District championship is a bit more complicated.

The bottom three teams from the Southern and Northern divisions begin tournament action today against one another.

Locally, Aspen hosts Olathe in one first-round contest.

Other games have Basalt at Hotchkiss and Cedaredge at Meeker.

The Nos. 1 through 3 teams join in on Friday. Roaring Fork will host Gunnison at Patch Memorial Field in Carbondale at 4 p.m.

Eagle Valley is the No. 1 team from the Northern division and Rangely won the Southern division.

Paonia earned the No. 2 slot out of the Southern Division.

Winners from Friday’s quarterfinals advance to the semis at Canyon View Park in Grand Junction on Saturday.

Those games are scheduled for 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. starts, followed by the district championship game at 2 p.m.

Both teams along with the winner from the 4:30 p.m. consolation affair receive regional playoff berths.


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