The strength of the Front Range League was evident when Class 5A's regional tournament pairings were released on Wednesday morning.
Three conference teams — Rocky Mountain, Mountain Range and Legacy — finished in the top eight of the final RPI (ratings percentage index) and will host tournaments on Saturday.
Unlike in Class 3A and 4A, where league champions earned the right to host tournament, 5A went strictly by RPI rankings to determine hosts. Front Range League champion Rocky Mountain finished fourth in the RPI, while Mountain Range and Legacy, which finished tied for third in the conference, finished sixth and eighth, respectively, in the final RPI.
The Lightning (14-5) face Mullen to open the Region 2 tournament, with the winner taking on the victor of Brighton and Pine Creek.
Broomfield (14-5), which finished second in the Front Range League, was only 10th in the RPI and will have to travel to No. 7 Regis-Jesuit for the Region 6 tourney. The Eagles battle Arapahoe in the opening game of that region.
Fairview finished 18th in the RPI and will play in the Region 5 tournament, hosted by No. 2 Legend. The Knights play No. 15 Grand Junction Central in the first round.
In Class 4A, Silver Creek will host the Region 6 tournament by virtue of winning the Northern League. Holy Family is also in that region, and the two teams could face each other in the championship game for the right to advance to state.
Longmont also made the 4A postseason, and the Trojans will travel to Canon City for the Region 2 tournament.
Peak to Peak will host Region 4 in Class 3A, while Jefferson Academy is headed to La Junta for Region 3.
Dawson School will face Lyons in the Class 2A District 7 semifinal for the chance to play in the championship game later in the day.
All games will be played on Saturday.
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Baseball: District/Regional brackets
Region 2 at Legacy High School
(4) Mullen vs. (1) Legacy, 10 a.m.
(3) Pine Creek vs. (2) Brighton
Region 5 at Legend High School
(4) Pomona vs. (1) Legend
(3) Fairview vs. (2) Grand Junction Central
Region 6 at Regis Jesuit
(4) Loveland vs. (1) Regis
(3) Arapahoe vs. (2) Broomfield
Region 2 at Canon City
(4) Golden vs. (1) Canon City, 10 a.m.
(3) Longmont vs. (2) Green Mountain, 12:30 p.m.
Championship, 3 p.m.
Region 6 at Silver Creek
(4) Lewis-Palmer vs. (1) Silver Creek, 10 a.m.
(3) Holy Family vs. (2) Northridge, 12:30 p.m.
Championship, 3 p.m.
Region 3 at La Junta
(4) Jefferson Academy vs. (1) La Junta, 10 a.m.
(3) Weld Central vs. (2) Gunnison
Region 4 at Peak to Peak
(4) Platte Valley vs. (1) Peak to Peak
(3) Brush vs. (2) St. Mary's
District 7 at Butch Butler Field in Greeley
(4) Dawson vs. (1) Lyons, 10 a.m.
(6) Gilpin County/(3) Clear Creek vs. (2) Dayspring Christian Academy, 12 p.m.
Championship, 2 p.m.