AURORA — The pairings for softball's regional tournaments were released on Monday. Cherokee Trail (5A), Pueblo County (4A) and Strasburg (3A) earned top seeds.
The brackets for each classification are available here:
Teams qualified for the bracket either by securing an automatic berth out of their league, or via the final RPI standings of the regular season.
Cherokee Trail enters the 5A regionals at 21-2. The Cougars will host No. 32 Denver East in the first round; No. 16 Douglas County and No. 17 Smoky Hill are also in their region.
Other regional hosts include No. 2 Eaglecrest, No. 3 Fossil Ridge, No. 4 Loveland, No. 5 Legacy, No. 6 Brighton, No. 7 Columbine and No. 8 Rock Canyon.
Defending champion Legend is seeded No. 13, and will play No. 20 Prairie View in the first round of the Loveland regional.
In 4A, top-seeded Pueblo County is 21-2. The Hornets will host No. 32 Montrose, No. 16 Pueblo East and No. 17 Roosevelt in their region.
Also hosting 4A regionals are: No. 2 Silver Creek, No. 3 Holy Family, No. 4 Golden, No. 5 Conifer, No. 6 Mountain View, No. 7 Erie and No. 8 Pueblo South.
Mountain View is the defending champion, and will play No. 27 Evergreen in the first round.
Strasburg, the defending champion, is 3A's top seed at 17-5. The squad will host No. 16 Sterling and No. 17 Riverdale Ridge. This is the first time a team from Riverdale Ridge, in its first year as a CHSAA member, has ever qualified for the postseason.
Also 3A regional hosts: No. 2 Eaton, No. 3 Delta, No. 4 University, No. 5 Faith Christian, No. 6 Rocky Ford, No. 7 Lamar and No. 8 Limon.