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Paul DiSalvo
Valor Christian's A.J. Cecil (7) bounds across home plate into the arms of his teamates after belting a grand slam home run in the bottom of the sixth inning May 10 against Skyline. Valor played from behind until that point in the game and then put Skyline away in the top of the seventh inning in the 4A District 7 final.
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ThunderRidge, Mountain Vista, Chaparral, Cherry Creek and Valor Christian all won district tournaments May 10 to reach the double-elimination portion of the state baseball tournaments.

With eight schools remaining, in Class 5A defending state champion ThunderRidge (14-7) will play Fairview (20-1) in a 10 a.m. game May 16 at Machebeuf. Cherry Creek (17-4) will face Chatfield (19-2) at 10 a.m. at All-City Field and Continental League rivals Chaparral (13-8) and Mountain Vista (18-3) will play in a 12:30 p.m. game at All-City.

Winners will play at 3 p.m. May 16 and five games are scheduled at the two venues for May 17. The tournament continues May 23 and 24 at All-City Field.

In Class 4A Valor Christian (16-5) will face Wheat Ridge (18-3) in a 10 a.m. contest May 16 at Cherokee Trail. The tournament continues in the same format as 5A with games May 17 at Cherokee Trail and All-Star Park.

Lutheran (12-9) will challenge Center (14-7) at 12:30 p.m. May 15 at Hobbs Field in the Runyon Complex in Pueblo in the 12-team, single elimination Class 2A state tournament. The semifinals and championship game are set for May 24 at Hobbs Field.

The following are results from the May 10 district tournaments involving south metro teams:

District 2: Cherry Creek 1, Monarch 0; Mountain Range 5, Rock Canyon 1; Cherry Creek 7, Mountain Range 4.

District 3: Chaparral 11, Prairie View 8; Chaparral 12, Columbine 3.

District 4: Mountain Vista 3, Denver East 0; Mountain Vista 5, Grand Junction 0.

District 5: Castle View 8, Ralston Valley 2; Regis Jesuit 5, Castle View 4.

District 7: Arapahoe 14, Fruita Monument 4; Fairview 13, Arapahoe 1.

District 8: ThunderRidge 7, Northglenn 4; ThunderRidge 8, Horizon 4.

District 7: Valor Christian 14, Widefield 0; Valor Christian 6, Skyline 4.