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Baseball team off to Aurora for districts

The playoffs are here.

On Thursday, the Colorado State High School Activities Association released the seeds for the Class 4A and 5A post-season baseball tournaments.

Moffat County received the 25th seed in the tournament and will face eighth-seeded Cherokee Trail at 10 a.m. Saturday in Aurora.

The first weekend of the tournament is divided into eight districts. Each of the schools ranked in the top eight hosts three other schools Saturday. The other two teams in the Cherokee Trail district are ninth-seeded Sand Creek and 24th-seeded Golden.

The district is a single-elimination format with the winner moving on to a double-elimination, eight-team tournament next weekend.

Cherokee Trail earned a top seed by finishing as the top team in the Skyline League. Adams City and Brighton finished ahead of Cherokee Trail, but they are Class 5A schools. Cherokee Trail finished 10-3 in the league and 15-3 overall. The Bulldogs, 12-6, didn’t share a common opponent with Cherokee Trail.

“I called some Denver coaches to find out a little bit, but nobody knew much,” Moffat County head coach Scott Parker said.

This is the second time in three years that Parker has taken a team to the playoffs. In his first year, the Bulldogs went into the districts seeded 23rd and lost to the 10th-seeded Broomfield Eagles 14-4.

“Teams on the, Front Range are fundamentally sound,” Parker said. “You have to match that if you want a chance.”

On the other side of the bracket, Golden and Sand Creek have 12-7 records.

Rifle and Delta earned top seeds for the tournament. Fifth-seeded Delta, 16-3, hosts 28th-seeded Pueblo Central,9-10, on Saturday. Rifle, which picked up the seventh seed with a 16-3 record, w ill face 26th-seeded Greeley West, 9-10.

“We were right with two teams that had top seeds,” Parker said. ‘We’re capable of playing with anybody in our district.”

David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 211, or

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