Thirty-two teams. Eight hosts.
Durango High School was ranked fifth in the Class 4A state tournament, and the Demons will serve as one of those eight hosts Saturday.
No. 5 DHS, 12-7 and Southwestern League champion, will host No. 28 Delta (11-8) at 10 a.m. Saturday. No. 12 Canon City (15-4) will play No. 21 Wheat Ridge (11-8) at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at DHS.
The District 4 championship will be played at 3 p.m. Saturday at DHS.
The eight district champions will be repooled for the double-elimination elite eight May 18-19 at Coca-Cola All-Star Park in Lakewood and Cherokee Trail High School in Aurora.
Air Academy (17-2) is the No. 1 seed in the state tournament, then is followed by No. 2 Broomfield (15-4), No. 3 D’Evelyn (14-5) and No. 4 Cheyenne Mountain (15-4).
The other hosts are No. 6 Northridge (13-6), No. 7 Montrose (16-3) – the only other SWL team in the bracket – and No. 8 Evergreen (14-5).
Also from the SWL:
Grand Junction (13-6) earned the No. 20 seed in the CHSAA Class 5A Boys Baseball State Championships and will open against No. 13 Ralston Valley at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at host and No. 4 seed Columbine High School.
Fruita Monument (11-8) earned the No. 27 seed in the 5A field and will open against host and No. 6 seed Dakota Ridge (15-3) at 10 a.m. Saturday in Littleton.