BROOMFIELD — Every new season brings about change.

Especially in the high school ranks, where rosters change quicker than the weather on the Front Range.

But for Broomfield softball coach Paula Seifried, her 2016 version of the Eagles will look eerily similar to the one she sent out to the diamond last year that had limitless expectations.

They were coming off an impressive run to the 2014 state tournament semifinals and the pundits agreed that they were a dangerous out.

They rolled through the regular season, shared the Front Range League title with Loveland and went to the Aurora Sports Park — home of the state tournament — on a huge roll.

Broomfield High School’s Taylor Gilmore gets a lead at third base during softball practice on Wednesday.
Broomfield High School's Taylor Gilmore gets a lead at third base during softball practice on Wednesday. (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer)

The softball gods weren't one their side that day, and the third-seeded Eagles — who had visions of hoisting the state championship trophy — were one and done, losing to Pomona 6-1.

Seifried and Co. have had 10 months to think about, and it turns out the ultimate elixir is getting back out and playing.

"Absolutely," Seifried said. "It's been fun being with the girls again and we are definitely ready."

Broomfield can hit the ball. The Eagles mashed their way to a .393 team average. Of their 68 extra base hits, 18 of them were home runs and they outscored opponents 181-82.

The Eagles had seven of their regulars that hit over .400 last season, led by third-baseman Linnie Malkin, who hit a robust .464 with eight home runs and 30 RBIs and Mattira Morales, who led the team with a .477 average.


It's a line-up that will just keep coming at you. Taylor Gilmore, MacKenzie Jackson, Kendall Lockwood, Megan Beisterfeld, Brennan Thomas and a healthy Lainey Hughes (who missed all of last season due to injury) will force opposing pitchers to be at their best game in and game out.

"We'll have to play around with some things, but I think we'll be okay," said Seifried, whose preseason No. 6 ranked team in the Class 5A poll begins the season next Wednesday at Silver Creek.

The offense is not the lone identity for Broomfield. The Eagles are stout defensively and will have to be good behind Gilmore, who while she has the ability to strike out hitters when she needs to (88 in 110 innings last year), she prefers pitching to contact and letting the gloves work behind her.

"They all know what they are doing and they know their roles," Seifried continued. "I know everybody will look at our hitting, but I think we will be pretty good defensively too."

Broomfield is one of four Front Range League teams in the preseason top 10, and will get a shot at No. 1 and defending champion Mountain Range on Sept. 8. The Mustangs handed Broomfield its lone league loss last season.

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