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LONGMONT — After a bit of a scare in the regional round, the Silver Creek softball team is making a point of not looking back.

The Raptors don't have time to think about what was or what might have been. They're fixated on the first round of the Class 4A state tournament and playing the Frederick Warriors on Friday at Aurora Sports Park.

While it's easy to get caught up in trying to figure out who will play who and what teams should be seeded where, Silver Creek head coach Ryan Beavers said his team isn't doing any of that. As of Monday, when the state tournament brackets were released, there is only one game on the Raptors' schedule.

"Honestly, I haven't really studied the bracket too much because I don't get too hung up on that stuff," Beavers said. "At the end of the day, you have to line up and play whoever they put in front of you and that's all we're focusing on right now."

The Raptors lost to Air Academy in the 4A Region 7 championship game, forcing them to stave off elimination against a tough Windsor team despite being the highest seed and host team. But survive they did and reached the state tournament for the seventh consecutive year, this time entering as the No. 11 seed and set to square off against No. 6 Frederick.

Whichever team advances out of that first-round matchup will likely face two-time defending champion Valor Christian and ace pitcher Alexandria Kilponen in the quarterfinals.


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"We'd like to have a higher seed but we lost a game at regionals and had to play a little catch up," Beavers said. "The challenge is on us to make the adjustments we need to make. There are a lot of quality teams in the bracket and every game will be a tough test."

The undefeated Erie Tigers held their top seed through 4A regionals and will take on No. 16 Pueblo South in the first round on Friday. Broomfield also maintained its No. 1 overall seed and will face No. 16 Cherry Creek in the first round of the 5A state tournament on Friday.

Maddie Foster and the Erie Tigers are the top seed in this week’s Class 4A state tournament.
Maddie Foster and the Erie Tigers are the top seed in this week's Class 4A state tournament. (Matthew Jonas / Staff Photographer)

Legacy also qualified for the 5A state tournament as the 15th seed and will play No. 2 Cherokee Trail in the first round.

Class 5A softball state championships

At Aurora Sports Park

First-round games on Friday

(1) Broomfield (19-2) vs. (16) Cherry Creek (11-11), 10 a.m.

(8) Mountain Range (12-9) vs. (9) Douglas County (17-5), 10 a.m.

(4) Loveland (15-6) vs. (13) Ralston Valley (13-8), 10 a.m.

(5) Dakota Ridge (13-8) vs. (12) Fossil Ridge (17-5), 10 a.m.

(3) Eaglecrest (17-4) vs. (14) Brighton (18-4), 12:15 p.m.

(6) Fort Collins (14-7) vs. (11) Legend (16-5-1), 12:15 p.m.

(2) Cherokee Trail (15-7) vs. (15) Legacy (18-3), 12:15 p.m.

(7) Rock Canyon (12-9) vs. Grand Junction Central (18-3-1), 12:15 p.m.

Quarterfinals: Friday, 2:30 p.m.

Semifinals: Saturday, 10 a.m.

Championship: Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

Class 4A softball state championships

At Aurora Sports Park

First-round games on Friday

(1) Erie (21-0) vs. (16) Pueblo South (12-9-1), 10 a.m.

(8) Falcon (11-10) vs. (9) Pueblo West (17-4), 10 a.m.

(4) Wheat Ridge (15-6) vs. (13) Pueblo Central (14-8), 10 a.m.

(5) Air Academy (16-4) vs. (12) Elizabeth (18-4), 10 a.m.

(3) Valor Christian (20-1) vs. (14) Thomas Jefferson (19-3), 12:15 p.m.

(6) Frederick (14-7) vs. (11) Silver Creek (18-4), 12:15 p.m.

(2) Mullen (15-3-1) vs. (15) Berthoud (14-8), 12:15 p.m.

(7) Discovery Canyon (14-7) vs. (10) Mountain View (18-4), 12:15 p.m.

Quarterfinals: Friday, 2:30 p.m.

Semifinals: Saturday, 10 a.m.

Championship: Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

Brad Cochi: cochib@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BradCochi