BROOMFIELD — At this rate, it's not going to be long before the freshmen crew of the Broomfield softball team are household names in the Colorado prep community.
Given the Eagles already had a handful of really good players coming back from last year's Class 5A state title game appearance, the fact head coach Paula Seifried seems to have a hefty crop of heady first-year players adds even more intrigue to their potential.
Bryna Kapelke, Hadlee Reichert and company put on quite the show on Friday at Holy Family, especially from the fourth inning on, and Broomfield got their first win of the season with a 14-3 victory in the long-standing rivalry.
With so many of last year's seniors playing a big part of the BHS legacy for three or four years, Seifried said she envisions at least a couple of girls among the Class of 2021 of having the potential.
"We've got some very talented girls, and when you graduate eight it's nice to get some (freshmen) to replace those girls," Seifried said after her team bounced back from a 5-3 loss to Silver Creek on Wednesday. "I would agree that they have that look, and they are starting to really enjoy coming to practice and working hard."
"They settled down after that first game of the year, to have them show that they know, ball is ball."
A stalemate through three innings as Holy Family's Erin Caviness tried to help her team bounce back from a tough loss to Mead on Wednesday, Broomfield (1-1) came through with six runs in the fourth inning with some help of some defensive mistakes by HFHS. That said, Kapelke's run-scoring single to make it 2-0 really set the team off in the frame.
After the Tigers (1-2) scored three runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth — the big hit coming from Carly Eldredge to score two — Kapelke got a chance to add to her hit total with a runner on and passed the test to make it 9-3.
She finished with three hits, as did Reichert from the leadoff spot. Another freshman, Kenzi Garner, came in to pitch the final three innings in relief of Lauren Klein and Linnea Baldner also scored three times.
"I love having this many (freshmen) on the team, but no matter how many there were going to be I see all these girls as my sisters and that we have each other's backs," Kapelke said. "It's fun, and we have a good feeling about the season. Honestly, I think it was the whole team that stepped up today after that Silver Creek game."
It doesn't get any easier for Holy Family as the Tigers play Monday against Fairview and then battle Erie on Wednesday. Tigers head coach Mitch Martinez has missed the start of the regular season because of sickness, but co-coaches Craig Whitlock and Moriah Turney are confident the team will continue to fight as a unit and be a force in the Tri-Valley League.
"We felt good to start with the three shutout innings, and then to get those runs after a big inning they had was nice," Whitlock said. "But we fell flat. We've had some big innings against, and we just have to try and find our way a little bit right now."
Broomfield 14, Holy Family 3
At Holy Family HS
Broomfield (1-1)000 821 3 — 14 11 1
Holy Family (1-2)000 300 0 — 3 5 3
W — Klein. L — Caviness.
Broomfield hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Reichert 5-0-3-4, Sutton 4-2-0-1, Hughes 3-3-2-1, Wagner 4-1-0-0, Eatmon 2-1-0-0, Garner 1-0-0-0, Anast 3-2-2-2, Kloster 2-0-0-0, Morales 2-0-0-0, Kapelke 4-2-3-2, Baldner 4-3-1-2. Totals 34-14-11-12.
Holy Family hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Martinez 4-0-0-0, Leins 4-0-0-0, Winters 3-0-0-0, Caviness 4-0-3-0, Pfenning 4-0-0-0, Gardon 2-1-0-0, McKenzie 1-1-0-0, Almeida 1-0-1-1, Whitlock 1-1-0-0, Eldredge 1-0-1-2. Totals 25-3-5-3.
Broomfield pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Klein 4-3-3-3-4-7, Garner 3-2-0-0-2-4.
Holy Family pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Caviness 5.1-6-11-5-6-3, Gonzales 1.2-5-3-3-0-0.