BROOMFIELD — No matter what the CHSAA preseason rankings might say, the boys that make up Broomfield baseball firmly believe they have the pieces to make a serious run in Class 5A in 2017.
Eagles head coach Garren Estes didn't take a breath on Tuesday after their season opener without mentioning the work ethic his team brings to the table, too.
"We've pushed these guys harder than I've pushed any team, since the first of January, and they have the work ethic that I think is going to pay off in the end," said Estes, in his 14th year at the BHS helm.
Sure enough on Tuesday, Broomfield looked the part of a formidable state power on its home field against a very good 4A team in Silver Creek, a 12-0 mercy-rule shortened game that featured a dialed-in James Notary and a do-it-every-way lineup that pounded out 13 hits to start out the season.
The schedule for Silver Creek played out as such that junior ace Cole Winn was saved for the Raptors' more important league series this week against Thompson Valley, and Broomfield managed to get going early against Andrew Van Dyke as he was trying to make his case as a No. 3 starter for SCHS.
Then, there was Notary.
The Texas Christian-bound senior was decisive with his pitches, striking out 11 batters while not allowing a ball to reach the outfield in his five innings of work. He walked none, and only Spencer Rich's fourth-inning infield single kept him from a truly prefect season debut.
"He looked amazing and he was just spotting up everything," said first baseman Matt Turner, who knocked in four runs with a first-inning home run and a two-run single in the third. "It was first game, and there may have been a few nerves there but overall he's going to be good."
Notary's pace was helpful, Estes agreed, in getting the Eagles back into the dugout and ready to get things done on the base paths. Tanner Garner had three hits and stole four bases at the top of the order, other Eagles moved up or were put in motion at good times and the BHS hitters made sure to drive them home.
Mason Spiers and Mitch Morales each had two hits and Notary even helped himself out with a sacrifice bunt, a walk and a two-run single.
"We definitely have a bunch of talent, and it's the little things that we keep working on in practice. We work hard every day, want to compete and win," Turner said. "It's easy when you know (Notary and fellow pitcher Blake Rohm) are throwing 90 (miles per hour) up there, that you always have a chance to win. So all we have to do is hit the ball a bit and do our thing."
For Silver Creek, ranked sixth in the 4A preseason CHSAA poll, the loss came on the heels of a promising Northern League series sweep of Niwot. The Raptors escaped with wins despite not having great success at the plate (.200 team batting average prior to Tuesday), and head coach Mike Apodaca will be looking for his team to make more adjustments in a Wednesday scrimmage against Holy Family at Coors Field.
"We saw a very good arm today but obviously we're still trying to find our way offensively no matter who we're seeing," Apodaca said. "We're not making adjustments at the plate and we have to correct that soon than later.
"It's early, really, and we're really still trying to find ourselves everywhere, at every position."
Broomfield 12, Silver Creek 0
At Broomfield HS
Silver Creek (2-1) 000 00 — 0 1 1
Broomfield (1-0) 316 2x — 12 13 0
W — Notary. L — VanDyke.
Silver Creek hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Elting 2-0-0-0, Rich 2-0-1-0, Ramirez 2-0-0-0, Browne 2-0-0-0, Winn 2-0-0-0, Bicknell 1-0-0-0, Ketchum 1-0-0-0, Kramer 1-0-0-0, Gregory 1-0-0-0, Olinger 1-0-0-0, Smedley 1-0-0-0.
Broomfield hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Garner 3-2-3-1, McCulley 1-0-0-1, Rohm 4-0-0-0, Turner 3-1-2-4, Spiers 3-2-2-0, Conover 0-0-0-0, Cox 3-0-1-1, Morales 3-2-2-1, Peterson 2-2-1-0, Van De Pol 2-2-1-1, Notary 1-1-1-2, Deignhart 0-0-0-0. 2B — Cox, Spiers. HR —Turner. SB —Garner 4, Conover, Deignhart.
Silver Creek pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — VanDyke 2.1-9-9-9-2-2, Gambirasi 1.2-4-3-1-1-1.
Broomfield pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Notary 5-1-0-0-0-11.