HS Softball: Grand Junction prepares for state tournament

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) Softball is wrapping up with a state champion to be named this Saturday, and the Grand Junction Tigers have a shot at that title.

After wrapping up the season as the Southwestern League Champs, the Tigers went on to regionals, going 2-1,earning a ticket to the 16-team state tournament this coming weekend.

They'll face a Front Range Dakota Ridge team that took down Fruita 9-2 in regionals, but that doesn't intimidate Grand Junction.

The Tigers played the Eagles last season and know what to prepare for.

"We're expecting a solid team," said catcher Morgan Zanski. "They're going to be able to hit the ball and field the ball well, so we're going to have to come out our best and play tough D and hit the ball too."

"We know they're a really good team," said third baseman Shafer Rubalcaba. "Over the mountain, they're going to be a good hitting team, good pitching team, good defense, and we just need to come out, eliminate our errors on the field, and our run errors and work on our short game."

"[We've] just got to go there and play our game," said head coach Adam Diaz. "We've always told them all season long you can compete with anybody if you don't give up the errors and you play your level of ball, so that's been our motto throughout the season."

Round one will take place Friday morning at 10:00 AM. Grand Junction enters as the 13th seed, Dakota Ridge the 4th. Winner moves on to the quarterfinals at 2:30 PM Friday.

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