BROOMFIELD - Ryan Overboe was cruising through the Broomfield lineup for four innings. Even when he got men on base, the Legacy ace worked out of trouble.
"I thought I had them," Overboe said. "Going into that fifth inning I thought we were going to shut them down the rest of the way. It got away from me I guess."
In a big way. Broomfield scored six times in the fifth and raced past the Lightning for a 6-3 rain-soaked win Saturday. The Eagles' big inning clinched the Class 5A Front Range League crown and a spot in the playoffs.
"A lot of emotions going on, crosstown game, league title game," Broomfield coach Garren Estes said. "I'm proud of my guys."
A win by Legacy would have created a logjam atop the league. Four teams were within a game of first place but Broomfield (12-5-1, 11-1) avoided a muddy picture Saturday.
"Last year was really frustrating, we didn't make it and this year we came out ready and did it," senior Walter Pennington said.
Pennington had a big hand in the Eagles capturing the league title. The lefthander pitched 6 1/3 tough innings before he tired in the seventh and gave way to Eddie Flores.
Pennington also had the tiebreaking single in the six-run fifth when Broomfield took control.
"You have to stay focused on both sides," he said.
Legacy took a 2-0 lead in the second on an error and an RBI single by Jordan Luthi before Broomfield rallied in the fifth. A double steal produced the first run and Chase Arnold delivered a single to tie the game at 2-2.
After Flores fanned for the second out, Pennington singled, a wild pitch scored another run and Josh Cox's two-run single made it 6-2.
The Lightning (14-4, 9-3) loaded the bases with one out in the seventh before Flores came on. He got Colby Deaville to fly out and then hit Luthi to drive in another run.
Paul Thompson hit a line drive to straightaway center that looked like it might fall and clear the bases but Chase Arnold ran it down and the Eagles celebrated.
"That's baseball," Legacy coach Ty Giordano said. "Sometimes you square it up really, really well and you're unfortunate. Sometimes you nub a ball and get on base."
Broomfield knows it will play in the postseason while the Lightning must wait to find out. They started the season 11-1 but have gone 3-3 since. Despite not catching the Eagles in the league, Legacy feels confident moving forward.
"It's very easy to come back from something like this," Giordano said. "You want to win the game but all of our goals ahead of us."
Broomfield 6, Legacy 3
Legacy 002 000 1 — 3 5 2
Broomfield 000 060 x — 6 8 1
W — Broomfield Walter Pennington. L — Ryan Overboe.
Legacy hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Deaville 4-0-0-0, Luthi 3-0-1-2, Thompson 4-0-1-0, Chamberlain 2-0-0-0, Ryan 3-0-0-0, DeSantis 3-0-0-0, McDaniel 3-2-3-0, Smith 1-0-0-0, O'Connor 2-1-0-0.
Broomfield hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Arnold 4-1-1-1, Flores 3-0-1-0, Pennington 3-0-2-1, Peterson 0-1-0-0, Speirs 2-0-0-0, Carter 0-1-0-0, Cox 3-0-1-2, Turner 3-0-1-0, Garner 2-1-0-0, Carrillo 2-1-1-0 Alvarado 2-1-1-0. 2B — Pennington. SB —Garner, Carrillo.
Legacy pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Overboe 6-8-6-6-2-2..
Broomfield pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Pennington 6 1/3-5-3-1-3-7; Eddie Flores 2/3-0-0-0-0-0.