RBC teams play for playoffs

Rangely’s Brian Rector makes contact with a pitch for a base hit in a game against Moffat County, which was called because of rain after two innings. The Panthers played Meeker last night and will end the regular season with a doubleheader against Paonia, Saturday.
Rangely’s Brian Rector makes contact with a pitch for a base hit in a game against Moffat County, which was called because of rain after two innings. The Panthers played Meeker last night and will end the regular season with a doubleheader against Paonia, Saturday.

Rio Blanco County’s high school baseball teams met in Rangely yesterday after press time for a doubleheader, which are the final games of the regular season for Meeker and will have district playoff implications for both teams.
With only three teams in the league, which also includes Paonia, the top two teams will qualify for the district tournament to be held on the Canyon View fields in Grand Junction May 7, against Dolores County and Ignacio. Paonia has beaten both Rio Blanco County teams, 10-run ruling the Cowboys last week and defeating the Panthers in their first doubleheader.
The Panthers, currently 7-7 and on a five-game winning streak, only needed to beat Meeker (5-12) once to advance to the district playoffs, but Meeker must have beaten the Panthers twice yesterday and hope Paonia defeats Rangely twice again this Saturday for the Cowboys to qualify for the district tournament.
Rangely, who defeated Steamboat Springs and Grand Valley last week, have hosted several games this season because of good field conditions and the Cowboys have not had a home game because of the weather.
The Panthers are the defending league champions and could defend their title by sweeping the Cowboys and the Eagles in their final regular season games.