FARMINGTON — The Navajo Prep softball team will enter the 2A/A state tournament as the No. 8 seed.
The Lady Eagles received the seeding and a matchup with No. 9 Eunice from the New Mexico Activities Association on Sunday.
Prep head coach Darin Wright was disappointed by the placement in the bracket for his team and said he was expecting to be in the No. 5 or 6 range.
"I don't think McCurdy got the seed that they deserved," Wright said. "They had McCurdy at a No. 5, and they beat Rehoboth, so that bumped them down, which then bumped us down."
Prep (14-12) had to be seeded below No. 6 Rehoboth after losing the District 1-2A title to the Lynx on a run-differential tiebreaker. Rehoboth won the first meeting between the teams 10-6. Prep won the second game 11-10, falling three runs short in the tiebreaker.
The Lady Eagles haven't seen their first-round opponent Eunice (9-11) this season, Wright said.
"I don't know a whole lot about them," Wright said. "Their district is a lot like 4A up here in terms of respect, so they get a good seed even though they went 1-5 in district."
Prep and Eunice will play a single elimination game at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Rio Rancho High School.
Wright said his team will come out ready to play with the hopes of advancing past the first round and into the double-elimination eight team bracket.
"We have to make the routine plays and swing the bats," he said. "We're ready to go and know you can't expect any team to lay down for you. You have to go out and play."