DENVER — Broomfield's pursuit of it's first Class 5A state baseball title will have to wait...at least one more day.
The Eagles fought their way to Saturday's championship game, only to have the contest with Rocky Mountain suspended due to a steady rainfall coming down at All-City Field shortly after the first pitch.
The two teams will pick up play at noon on Sunday at All-City.
"It is what it is," Broomfield coach Garren Estes said. "We don't want weather to be a factor in this game."
Unfortunately for the Eagles, when the game resumes they will find themselves down 2-0 with one on and one out in the top of the first. Weather definitely played a role in Broomfield giving up the two runs, as starting pitcher Blake Rohm had trouble gripping the ball, leading to a couple wild pitches and passed balls.
A light rain was coming down as Rohm made his first pitch, and he did give up a leadoff single to Tyler Hyland. But after getting a flyout to right for the first out, the rain quickly picked up intensity and started affecting gameplay. A wild pitch moved Hyland to third, and then he scored on John Sorensen's RBI to right.
Sorensen would also come around to score, taking advantage of a couple of passed balls, before officials called a stop to the game.
Both coaches conferred with CHSAA officials, and the decision to suspend the game until the next day was made rather quickly.
"The weather forecast showed that there was going to be at least another four hours of steady rain," CHSAA assistant commissioner Bert Borgmann said. "If it was just going to be showers or something along those lines, we could have postponed and pushed and done those kinds of things.
"Both coaches were in agreement that we needed to stop today and move on."
Although Estes said it's unfortunate the Eagles will restart down two runs, his team just wants to play the game.
"We just want to get in the game," Estes said. "It's supposed to be nice (Sunday) and instead of trying to wait this out and then decide in two hours the game's suspended, we might as well just make the call, come out tomorrow in the sunshine and have a great day."
Broomfield was riding a wave of momentum into the state title game, having outlasted Cherry Creek 2-1 in an elimination game earlier Saturday morning at All-City.
It wasn't a masterpiece, as both teams struggled in the field and combined for nine errors and only seven hits, but the Eagles did enough to advance.
Mitch Morales took the bump to start the game, and was more than solid, holding the explosive Cherry Creek lineup to two hits and one earned run through six innings of work. Ben Peterson came on in the seventh to close out the game and, after hitting the first batter he faced and then giving up a one-out single, picked up the save by retiring Creek's No. 3 and No. 4 hitter.
Matt Turner had two of Broomfield's four hits, and drove in the team's first run and scored the game winner on an RBI single from Morales in the bottom of the fourth inning.
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Broomfield 2, Cherry Creek 1
At All-City Field
Cherry Creek010 000 0 — 1 3 5
Broomfield100 100 x — 2 4 4
W — BroomfieldMorales. L — Parr.
Cherry Creek hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Martinez 3-0-0-0, Hayes 1-0-0-0, C. Schultz 3-0-1-0, O'Tremba 4-0-1-0, Chavez 4-0-0-0, C. Schultz 3-1-0-0, Malahack 3-0-1-0, Dorighi 2-0-0-0, Gukenberger 3-0-0-0, Kron 2-0-0-0, Beyenne 0-0-0-0. Totals 28-1-3-0.
Broomfield hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Cox 3-0-0-0, VanDePol 3-0-0-0, Overman 0-0-0-0, Garner 3-1-1-0, Turner 3-1-2-1, Speirs 3-0-0-0, Morales 3-0-1-1, Peterson 2-0-0-0, Notary 2-0-0-0, Conover 2-0-0-0. Totals 24-2-4-2.. 2B — Garner. SB —Cox, Turner.
Cherry Creek pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Parr 6-2-1-0-2-5.
Broomfield pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — 6-2-1-0-2-5, Peterson 1-1-0-0-0-0.