AURORA | Field conditions after nearly two full days of rain at the Aurora Sports Park have forced the Colorado High School Activities Association to push the start of the Class 5A, 4A and 3A state softball tournaments back a day, with the opening round set for Saturday.
Earlier in the day on Thursday, officials pushed back game times on Friday, but another check of the grounds later in the afternoon convinced them to move the start of the two-day tournament back a full day.
Three Aurora teams — Grandview, Eaglecrest and Smoky Hill — qualified for the 5A state tournament, set for Complex C at the Sports Park. The Raptors and Buffaloes take on Chaparral and Rocky Mountain, respectively, in two of four games slated for 10 a.m. Saturday.
Grandview’s first round game with Fort Collins is among four slated for 12:15 p.m., while the eight first-round winners play quarterfinal contests at 2:30 p.m.
Two semifinal games are set for 10 a.m. Sunday, followed by the state championship game at 1:30 p.m.
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2015 CLASS 5A STATE SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT
First round, Oct. 24 at Aurora Sports Park
NO. 16 SMOKY HILL (14-8) vs. No. 1 Chaparral (18-3), 10 a.m.
No. 9 Ralston Valley (18-4) vs. No. 8 Chatfield (10-11), 10 a.m.
No. 13 Arvada West (13-9) vs. No. 4 Mountain Range (19-2), 10 a.m.
NO. 12 EAGLECREST (15-7) vs. No. 5 Rocky Mountain (16-5), 10 a.m.
No. 14 Pomona (16-6) vs. No. 3 Broomfield (16-5), 12:15 p.m.
NO. 11 GRANDVIEW vs. No. 6 Fort Collins (15-6), 12:15 p.m.
No. 15 Columbine (14-8) vs. No. 2 Brighton (18-3), 12:15 p.m.
No. 10 Legend (19-3) vs. No. 7 Fossil Ridge (14-6-1), 12:15 p.m.
Quarterfinals, Oct. 24
SMOKY HILL/Chaparral winner vs. Ralston Valley/Chatfield winner, 2:30 p.m.
Arvada West/Mountain Range winner vs. EAGLECREST/Rocky Mountain winner, 2:30 p.m.
Pomona/Broomfield winner vs. GRANDVIEW/Fort Collins winner, 2:30 p.m.
Columbine/Brighton winner vs. Legend/Fossil Ridge winner, 2:30 p.m.
Semifinals, Oct. 25
Upper bracket winners, 10 a.m.
Lower bracket winners, 10 a.m.
Championship, Oct. 25
Semifinals winners, 1:30 p.m.