BROOMFIELD — Scott Weiss should follow up on those hunches more often ... or maybe take a quick trip to Las Vegas.
The Monarch baseball coach needed someone to step up and resurrect his teams injury plagued season. Tyler Seebaum was his man.
One week ago, Weiss sent Seebaum in for a relief appearance against Poudre and the junior opened some eyes, so much so that he gave him his first start of the season on Thursday afternoon against Broomfield.
"I went on a hunch today and I thought changing speeds against Broomfield, mixing it up and throwing a lot of strikes would keep them off balanced enough to keep us in the game," Weiss said. "Tyler Seebaum might have saved our season."
Seebaum was brilliant, pitching a complete game 6-hitter and handing Broomfield its first Front Range League loss 4-3.
While Seebaum was at the forefront of Weiss' mind, it was the all around effort in all three facets of the game that pleased him the most.
Broomfield took the early lead on a James Notary RBI single in the second inning that drove in Matt Turner.
Monarch (4-6 overall, 2-2 FRL) answered right back in the top of the third by virtue of a some good fortune. With Zach Berohn on first after reaching on an error, Notary — who recently verbally committed to Texas Christian — got Daniel Boehmler to ground into a 5-4-3 double play ... or so it appeared.
The umpires talked and instead of sending the teams to the dugouts, called catchers interference on Mason Speirs and put both runners back on the bases.
A flustered Notary hung a 1-2 breaking ball to Connor Flynn, who ripped an RBI double to left to plate Berohn and tie the game.
"He got in a couple of spots where he got two strikes or two outs," Broomfield coach Garren Estes said. "We just didn't play sound baseball and in this league, if you don't, you are going to get beat by anybody."
Notary, who got a talking to by the home plate umpire after he tried to pump himself up by yelling "sit down"after a big strike out, couldn't locate the strike zone in the top of the fourth inning. After retiring the first two hitters of the inning, Notary gave up a single to Zach Settler then walked the next four batters including RBI passes to both Flynn and Michael Trenka.
"When my team got me that run back, it gave me confidence to go back out there and throw whatever," said Seebaum, who is 2-0 this season. "They are out there protecting me."
The Coyotes got the eventual winning run in the top of the fifth, playing small ball and manufacturing. A leadoff single by Seebaum and a sacrifice attempt that turned into a single by Sawyer Lofstead was followed by a sac bunt by Gus Light and a sac fly Zach Settler scored courtesy runner Thomas Campeau.
"To beat a rival like that, maybe that is what we need to flip the switch and get the season going," said Weiss, whose team played errorless ball. "All season, we haven't put together all three pieces, and today we did and the team saw the success that came from it."
Monarch 4, Broomfield 3
Monarch (4-6, 2-2) 001 210 0 — 4 7 0
Broomfield (4-5-1, 3-1) 010 100 1 — 3 6 1
W — Tyler Seebaum (2-0). L — James Notary (2-1).
Monarch hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Gus Light 3-0-0-0, Bean Coatney 0-0-0-0, Zach Sattler 3-1-1-1, Zach Berohn 3-2-1-0, Daniel Boehmler 3-0-1-0, Zach Stockbauer 0-0-0-0, Connor Flynn 3-0-2-2, Michael Trenka 2-0-0-1, Jess Rodriguez 3-0-0-0, Tyler Seebaum 4-0-1-0, Thomas Campeau 0-1-0-0, Sawyer Lofstead 3-0-1-0. Totals 27-4-7-4. 2B — Berohn, Flynn.
Broomfield hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Chase Arnold 3-0-0-0, Eddie Flores 3-0-0-0, Ben Peterson 0-0-0-0, Walter Pennington 3-0-0--0, Mason Speirs 3-0-2-0, Nick Carter 0-1-0-0, Josh Cox 3-1-1-0, Matt Turner 3-1-1-1, James Notary 3-0-1-1, Angelo Alvarado 2-0-0-0, Tanner Garner 1-0-1-1, Joey Arnesdorf 3-0-0-0. Totals 27-3-6-3. 2B — Turner. SB — Turner, Cox.
Monarch pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Seebaum 7-6-3-3-0-7.
Broomfield pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Notary 3.2-5-3-2-7-7, Peterson 3.1-2-1-1-0-3.