Wheat Ridge, D’Evelyn qualify for state tourney
Aurora - After dominating their region the red-hot Wheat Ridge Farmers were named the top seed of the 4A CHSAA State Softball Championships which start Friday at Aurora Sports Park.
The No. 1 seed Farmers will play No. 16 seed Roosevelt Friday at 10 a.m.
League champion Wheat Ridge (20-1, 7-0) rolled through regions recording a 13-1 win over Mead and then a 13-3 victory over Palmer Ridge both Saturday at Lutz Field.
Ana Marie Torres went 4-4 with a home run and three RBI in their victory against Mead and she hit another home run against Palmer Ridge.
And junior Analece Apodaca went 2-3 with two RBI and a double in the win over Palmer Ridge.
But the Farmers are much more than big bats. Senior Jessica Salbato and her big arm have carried Wheat Ridge all season.
Last season the Farmers nearly won a state championship. This season they want to remove the ‘nearly,’ and they have the goods to do it.
Also from Jeffco in the 4A bracket is D’Evelyn who as a No. 14 seed will play No. 4 seed Discover Canyon at 10 a.m. at ASP.
The Jaguars (18-4, 6-1) had to beat Weld Central twice at regional’s to advance.
D’Evelyn has been streaky this season but is regarded as a good team. The Jaguars have had winning streaks of five and four games this season but also went into regionals on a three game skid.
D’Evelyn finished second in 4A Jeffco behind Wheat Ridge. Senior Allison Heitsman is the hits-woman who leads the Jaguars’ offensive charge.
Heitman hit .557 with 34 hits and a pair of home runs this season (and those numbers do not include her production at regional’s).
Heitsman and fellow senior Elizabeth Wilson (.422, 27 hits and three triples) produce the power for a very potent D’Evelyn lineup.