Like a golfer anxiously awaiting the cut line, the Durango High School softball team won Thursday, then held its breath waiting to see if it’d be two playoff appearances in a row.
Close, but DHS came down on the wrong side of the line.
Durango wasn’t on the list when the 32 teams were selected via a complex formula for the Class 4A softball regionals when the field was announced Sunday.
The Demons, who finished the year 9-10, were ranked 37th by the formula with a rating of -3.07. Conifer, the 32nd seed and final team in the field, had a rating of -1.64.
The system used by CHSAA to rate the teams comes from a computer program that utilizes the game results posted to the MaxPreps website (www.maxpreps.com). Typically, the more a team wins, the higher its ranking, but the formula also takes into account wins against higher-ranked opponents and losses to lower-ranked ones.
Of the teams in the Western Slope and Southwestern leagues, Montrose came out the best. The 14-5 Indians are seeded 16th and will play in top-seed Pueblo East’s regional. Palisade was the Western Slope representatitve, earning a No. 29 seed and a spot in No. 4 seed Discovery Canyon’s regional.
Fruita Monument and Grand Junction qualified for the 5A tournament from the Southwestern League. The Wildcats (14-5) earned a No. 11 seed and a spot in No. 6 Rock Canyon’s regional. Meanwhile, the Tigers (16-3) earned a No. 14 seed and a spot in third-seeded Chatfield’s regional.