The Wolverines are headed to the Front Range.The Bayfield High School baseball team was seeded No. 15 in the 32-team Class 3A State Tournament on Wednesday.
The Wolverines (13-6), co-champions of the Intermountain League, will play No. 18 Cedaredge (15-4) in the first game of the District Tournament at Holy Family High School in Broomfield on Saturday.
Holy Family, the No. 2 overall seed, is the host site for the four-team, one-day tournament. Holy Family (17-1) will play Colorado Springs Christian (8-9) at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Bayfield and Cedaredge will play at 12:30 p.m.
The winners will play in the championship game at 3 p.m., with a berth among the final eight teams at stake.
"It should be a good matchup for us," Bayfield head coach Ken Hibbard said. "We've played them a lot in the past."
The Wolverines have faced Cedaredge in the annual Hotchkiss Tournament as well as in past postseason play.
"They're a small-ball kind of team," Hibbard said. "They ... do what they need to."
Statistically, the Bruins used a number of different pitchers this year, including Chaunce Lindley, who threw a no-hitter against Roaring Fork during Cedaredge's conference season.
Other top Cedaredge pitchers are Travis Eason and Josh Lawson. Leading hitter Nolan Kissner also pitches for the Bruins, who shared their league honors with Gunnison and Olathe.
The Wolverines will counter with left-hander Ryan Terry on the mound for Saturday's playoff opener.
"I told Ryan he's going to start at 12:30 on Saturday," Hibbard said. "He looked me in the eye and said, 'Yes, coach.'"
The Wolverines also have a stable of available arms in Jeff Huffmyer, Jared Qualls, etc.
Hibbard told his team this week that all of the preseason work, all of the offseason work, all of the work during the season ... "has been for this weekend."
"We get to go someplace new ... someplace we're not used to playing. We get to play teams we don't normally see," Hibbard said.
"It's really out of their comfort zone. But it's a blast. It's what makes it fun."
Monte Vista, which shared the IML title with Bayfield, was seeded No. 9 in the state bracket. The 13-6 Pirates will play No. 24 Hotchkiss (14-5) at the District Tournament at Gunnison.
Host Gunnison (14-5) will take on St. Mary's of Colorado Springs (12-6) in the other Gunnison first-round game.
Unbeaten defending state champion Eaton (18-0) was the No. 1 seed in the 3A field again this year.
Holy Family was designated No. 2 at 17-1.
Middle Park (Granby) was seeded No. 3 (17-1).
Manitou Springs (14-3) was designated as the No. 4 seed.
Brush (14-5) was listed at No. 5 with Denver Lutheran (15-3) at No. 6.
Lamar (13-6) was the No. 7 seed with Gunnison (14-5) at No. 8.
The top eight seeds will host districts Saturday.
"We've been playing pretty good defense. We've been getting consistent pitching," said Hibbard, who added that the Wolverines' bats must come alive Saturday for Bayfield to win.
"It doesn't matter what we've done," Hibbard said. "It's what we do Saturday."