FORT COLLINS — There is a certain kinship between pitcher and catcher.
And that is true on all levels. The Broomfield battery of Taylor Gilmore and MacKenzie Jackson have been together since they were 10 years old and when they are on the same page — and they usually are — it can be fun to watch.
On Tuesday afternoon in a match-up of the top two teams in the CHSAANow.com Class 5A poll, Gilmore and Jackson combined to strike out 12 Fossil Ridge Sabercats in a dominant 5-0 victory for the Eagles.
"It's really nice to have someone behind the plate that I can trust," said Gilmore, who helped the top-ranked Eagles improve to 11-2 overall and 6-0 in the Front Range League.
"She calls a great game."
They were clicking early on against a formidable Fossil Ridge (10-2, 4-2) lineup that had done some damage. Jackson wasn't afraid to call the off-speed pitch, especially to the middle of the Sabercats lineup that was eager to take its hacks.
Gilmore struck out five the first time through the lineup, including the 4-5 combination of Mia Moddelmog and Rheanna Will.
"Taylor is definitely a gamer, especially in big games," Broomfield coach Paula Seifried said. "When they are big games, it is fun to watch her pitch and have the confidence that when the change-up doesn't work the first time, they go right back to it.
"And there was only once in that entire series that it didn't work two times in a row. They do a great job together."
The offense wasn't getting fooled by Fossil Ridge starter Landyn Bruce the first time, as evidenced by hard hit balls from Linnie Malkin and Taylor Gilmore — Broomfield just didn't have anything to show for it.
"It is really hard to pitch to our team multiple times and if you only have to go through it once, you'll probably be just fine," Seifried said. "But the second, third and fourth time, that's hard work right there."
The bottom of the Eagles lineup set the table nicely in the top of the fifth inning.
A one out double of the left field fence by Lainey Hughes was followed by a Jackson single over the second baseman's head.
Leadoff hitter Avery Bohn drove in Hughes with a single back up the middle and then a Brennan Thomas single — the fourth consecutive hit in the inning — would plate Mallory Kitto and Bohn.
"We are strong one through nine, which is nice because if the top half isn't doing it — which isn't very often, but every now and then it happens — we have to have the bottom half and they can do it," Seifried said.
Broomfield, which still has the likes of Loveland, Fort Collins and Legacy on the schedule will face Monarch on Thursday afternoon.
BROOMFIELD 5, FOSSIL RIDGE 0
At Fossil Ridge
Broomfield (11-2, 6-0) 000 031 1 — 5 12 0
Fossil Ridge (10-2, 4-2) 000 000 0 — 0 4 2
W — Taylor Gilmore (11-2). L — Landyn Bruce (4-1).
Broomfield hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Avery Bohn 4-1-2-2, Brennan Thomas 4-0-1-2, Linnie Malkin 4-0-2-0, Taylor Gilmore 4-0-1-0, Matti Morales 4-0-1-0, Megan Biesterfeld 4-0-1-1, Kendall Lockwood 4-1-1-0, Lainey Hughes 3-1-2-0, MacKenzie Jackson 2-0-1-0, Mallory Kitto 0-1-0-0, Cassidy Sutton 0-1-0-0. Totals 33-5-12-5.
Fossil Ridge hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Jayden Mercado 3-0-0-0, Kristin Reed 3-0-0-0, Grace Philop 1-0-0-0, Mia Moddelmog 3-0-0-0, Rheanna Will 3-0-1-0, Landyn Bruce 3-0-0-0, Megan Jamison 3-0-2-0, Rosie Philop 0-0-0-0, Hayley Henderson 3-0-1-0, Jordan Ellis 0-0-0-0, Kate Delaney 1-0-0-0, Amber King 1-0-0-0. Totals 24-0-4-0.
Broomfield pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Gilmore 7-4-0-0-0-12.
Fossil Ridge pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Bruce 4.1-8-3-3-0-1, Jamison 2.2-4-2-1-1-1.