Rifle falls seed short of hosting districts

Staff Report

The Rifle Bears had a better record, but Pueblo Central got the nod as a host school in the district round of the Class 4A State Baseball Playoffs.

Pueblo Central (14-5) got the eighth and final host seed for the district quadrant, while Western Slope League champion Rifle (15-4) earned the No. 9 spot.

The top eight seeds host a four teams in the district round Saturday with the winner of each quadrant advancing to the state tournament bracket.

Glenwood Springs, possibly buoyed by its victory over Delta in its regular-season finale on Monday, earned a higher seed than expected. The Demons (8-7), who finished fourth in the WSL, are seeded 26th and will face quadrant host Greeley West (14-5) in its district opener. Moffat County, which finished third in the WSL, is in the same quadrant and the two teams will meet with first-round wins.

The Bears may get to prove they deserved the higher seed. Pueblo and Rifle face each other for a trip to the state tourney if both win the district openers.

First, however, Rifle takes on No. 24 seed Widefield (11-7) out of the Colorado Springs Metro League.

Rifle actually had a better overall record than four teams seeded ahead of them, but Western Slope teams typically don’t get as high a seed due to lack of exposure on the Front Range and competition faced during the regular season.

The other WSL qualifier, second-place Delta, was given a 20th seed and will travel to Golden on Saturday.

Game times for the single-elimination district rounds have not been released, but both games are scheduled to be played on Saturday. The winners of each quadrant advance to the state bracket, which is double elimination.

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