Mullen was seeded No. 10 on Monday when the Class 4A softball bracket was released.
The Mustangs, 14-8, will meet No. 7 Frederick on Friday, 12:15 p.m., at the Aurora Sports Park in the preliminary round of the 16-team field. The Warriors are 15-6, won a regional and finished third in the very-competitive Tri-Valley League. Mullen played in the otherwise 5A Centennial League, finishing 3-4 behind champion and 5A top-seed Eaglecrest and Grandview.
A first-round victory leads to a quarterfinal game at 2:30 p.m. The semifinals will be Saturday at 10 a.m., and the final will be at 1:30 p.m.
A year ago, Valor Christian made it three 4A titles in succession. The Eagles are again tops-seeded.
Below is a complete schedule:
All games at the Aurora Sports Park
(16) Ponderosa vs. (1) Valor Christian, 10 a.m.
(9) Conifer vs. (8) Silver Creek, 10 a.m.
(13) Pueblo County vs. (4) Erie, 10 a.m.
(12) Air Academy vs. (5) Pueblo Central, 10 a.m.
(14) Wheat Ridge vs. (3) Discovery Canyon, 12:30 p.m.
(11) Mountain View vs. (6) Thomas Jefferson, 12:30 p.m.
(15) Elizabeth vs. (2) Golden, 12:30 p.m.
(10) Mullen vs. (7) Frederick, 12:30 p.m.
Winners: 2:30 p.m.
Semifinals: 10 a.m.
Championship: 1:30 p.m.