Rock Canyon, the top-ranked girls softball team according to the CHSAANow.com poll, and Centennial League champion Arapahoe won regional-qualifying tournaments on Oct. 19. The Jaguars and Warriors …
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Rock Canyon, the top-ranked girls softball team according to the CHSAANow.com poll, and Centennial League champion Arapahoe won regional-qualifying tournaments on Oct. 19.
The Jaguars and Warriors will be two of the 16 Classs 5A teams in the state softball tournament, which will be held Oct. 25 and 26 at the Aurora Sports Park.
Two-time defending state champion Legend, Valor Christian, Lakewood, Smoky Hill, Ralston Valley and Arvada West were local teams that also qualified to play in the state 5A tournament.
Golden, Wheat Ridge, Elizabeth and top-ranked Holy Family won 4A regional tournaments and will among the 16 teams competing for the 4A championship.
Rock Canyon (24-1) posted mercy-rule wins of 15-0 over Denver South and 12-0 over Lakewood in winning the 5A Region 1 tournament at Redstone Park. Lakewood came back to beat Mountain Vista, 12-6, to claim the region's second qualifying berth.
Annika Sprague and Katie Dack homered in Rock Canyon's game against Lakewood and Anna Reimers didn't allow a hit while striking out 10 batters in the four-inning contest.
Arapahoe also collected mercy-rule victories with a 13-1 win over Fort Collins and a 12-0 conquest of Mountain Range in the Region 7 tourney at Clement Park.
Katie Maney had five runs batted in and the Warriors collected 13 hits in the victory over Fort Collins. Mia Glover went 3-for-3 and Keely Holt collected three RBIs in the triumph over Mountain Range.
Legend prevailed, 16-9, in a slugfest win over Cherokee Trail to earn the second qualifying berth in the Region 8 tournament at Columbine High School. Legend and Cherokee Trail played in last season's state championship game.
Senior Eden McNally had a homer and double among her three hits and drove in six runs as Valor downed Cherry Creek, 10-4, to gain the second qualifying berth in the Region 3 tournament at Rolland Moore Park in Fort Collins.
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