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Baseball: District tournament brackets feature eight local teams

Holy Family's Devlin Granberg fires to first base during action against Centaurus at Coors Field earlier this season.
Holy Family’s Devlin Granberg fires to first base during action against Centaurus at Coors Field earlier this season.

Wondering whether the wild card point system used to seed the district baseball playoffs would be controversial?

Look no further than the pairings released Wednesday afternoon by the Colorado High School Activities Association.

District tournaments are Saturday across the state.

A respectable eight teams overall — Monarch, Legacy, Fairview, Broomfield, Longmont, Erie, Holy Family and Peak to Peak — made the brackets in Classes 3A, 4A and 5A. But in Class 4A in particular, some eyebrows are sure to be raised locally.

Defending state champion Broomfield, Longmont and Erie all earned automatic berths into the field. But none is seeded higher than Erie at 18th. That’s despite Erie (14-5) tying Northridge for a share of the Tri-Valley League title. To make matters worse, the Tigers are getting shipped all the way to Montrose for the four-team, single-elimination District 5 tournament.

Broomfield (11-8), which won the Northern League outright is the No. 19 seed and will face No. 14 Cheyenne Mountain in the first round at No. 3 D’Evelyn.

Longmont (12-7), meanwhile, was second in the Northern League but was seeded 23rd and will travel to Delta for the District 6 tournament.

At least maybe Longmont and Erie can share a bus.

Missing from the 4A field were Centaurus (11-8) and Niwot (10-9). Centaurus faltered late in the season to miss out on an automatic qualifying spot. Niwot used a late surge to finish fourth in the Northern League but missed out on getting one of the six available wild-card berths in 4A.

Those omissions were despite an 8-11 Golden squad earning a wildcard berth and getting the No. 21 seed. Out of the area, meanwhile, Fort Morgan had to be scratching its head after being seeded 16th following a 19-0 regular season.

In Class 5A, Monarch, which finished in a four-way tie for second place in the Front Range League, drew the No. 13 seed and will face No. 20 Smoky Hill at Grandview in District 3. Legacy drew the No. 18 spot and will face No. 15 Northglenn at Chaparral. And Fairview, which won six of its final seven league games after an 0-4 start, is seeded 19th and will face No. 14 Legend at Pine Creek in Colorado Springs.

In Class 3A, Holy Family drew the fifth seed and the right to host District 4. The Tigers face No. 28 Roaring Fork in the first round, with the winner facing either No. 12 University or No. 21 St. Mary’s.

Peak to Peak, meanwhile, rounds out the local contingent by earning the No. 19 seed to face No. 14 Cedaredge in the District 7 tournament at No. 3 Bayfield.

Check back soon for complete district tournament brackets for Classes 3A, 4A and 5A.

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