AURORA | Centennial League softball teams aren’t finished seeing each other yet this season with the Centennial League Challenge ahead.
The teams just completed a 13-game league season where they saw each other multiple times and now they will conclude the regular season with a three-game tournament that begins Tuesday.
Centennial League champion Smoky Hill (13-0 overall) — which went 12-0 in league play to earn an automatic berth in the Class 5A state tournament — received the top seed and will face eighth-seeded Overland (2-11), which went independent during the season and reenters the league just for the final three games. The Buffaloes downed the Trailblazers 19-0 in the opening game of the season Aug. 17.
Cherokee Trail (11-2, 10-2) is the second seed and plays host to seventh-seeded Eaglecrest (3-10, 2-10) in a rematch of teams that played a doubleheader Saturday. The Cougars won both games by small margins.
Sixth-seeded Grandview (4-9, 4-8) opens at third-seeded Arapahoe (6-7, 6-6) — which won both games between the teams — while fifth-seeded Mullen (4-9, 4-8) is at No. 4 Cherry Creek (5-8, 4-8), which swept their series.
The tournament continues Thursday and concludes Saturday.
Courtney Oakes is Sentinel Colorado Sports Editor. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. IG: Sentinel Prep Sports
2020 CENTENNIAL LEAGUE CHALLENGE
Sept. 29: No. 8 Overland at No. 1 Smoky Hill, 4:15 p.m.; No. 7 Eaglecrest at No. 2 Cherokee Trail, 4:15 p.m.; No. 6 Grandview at No. 3 Arapahoe, 4:15 p.m.; No. 5 Mullen at No. 4 Cherry Creek, 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 1: Overland/Smoky Hill winner vs. Cherry Creek/Mullen winner; Grandview/Arapahoe winner vs. Eaglecrest/Cherokee Trail winner