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As one of the few big-school teams that have two legitimate, front-line starters, it's starting to kick in for Broomfield.

Two days after James Notary came within an out of a no-hitter in a shutout victory over previously undefeated Mountain Range, Blake Rohm went the distance Thursday in a 4-1 decision of Boulder at Scott Carpenter Field in a speedy 1 hour, 38 minutes.

It lifted the Eagles to a 10-4 overall mark and 6-1 atop what is turning out to be a very good Front Range League.

Rohm, the tall right-hander headed to Virginia, was able to battle the hard-luck Panthers, now 6-7, 1-5, and come up with answers on another Colorado spring day that kept changing from nice and warm, to dark, cold and rainy, and back again, in addition to a steady dose of assorted winds. It was much to the delight of coach of Garren Estes, whose front-row view of the mound is looking good.

"We're just trying to do what we have to do," Estes said. "We tell them, 'If you pitch well, we'll get you four runs.' That's what's happening and we're winning, so it's nice."

Despite three errors, Rohm and Broomfield allowed only an unearned run and shut down the Panthers when needed.

Said Rohm: "It can be ugly or clean. We're trying to go out there and grind."

He added: "I would say, as funny as it sounds, James and I try to go out there and one-up each other every game. I think it elevates us to the next level of our abilities."

Rohm allowed only four hits and struck out five Panthers. He had only two 1-2-3 innings, but repeatedly made key pitches. He said it's about composure for him and "it's not just about me. The guys behind me played well and kept their composure. They're always composed."


At the plate, Broomfield did just enough against Boulder left-hander Jackson Dinkel, who also went the distance. The Eagles strung together three consecutive hits with two outs in the first inning, by Tanner Garner, Matt Turner and Mason Speirs, to take a 2-0 lead. The Eagles tacked on a home run to left-center field in the fourth by Speirs, then added another two-out run in the seventh on single by Notary, a walk to Rohm and a single by Tyler Conover.

Conover and Rotary also made some big plays in the field.

Boulder’s Henry Ryan, right, forces out Broomfield’s Blake Rohn on Thursday.
Boulder's Henry Ryan, right, forces out Broomfield's Blake Rohn on Thursday. (Paul Aiken / Staff Photographer)

"We're a tight group," Rohm said.

For Boulder, which also stranded eight runners, Dinkel may have not had his best stuff, coach Carmen Rivas said, but "he was grinding it out ... we're playing good baseball even if it doesn't show (in wins and losses)."

Broomfield has a chance to be among the top district seeds, although Rohm said "we're taking our time. It was good to get two wins this week and maybe a third (at Greeley West) on Saturday."

As for taking turns with good friend Rotary to keep the Eagles among Class 5A's elite, Rohm said "it's an absolute blast. It's not a 1-2 combination; it's really a 1-1 combination any way you roll the dice."


Broomfield 200 100 1 - 4 9 3

Boulder 001 000 0 - 1 4 1

W — Rohm. L — Dinkel.

Broomfield hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Cox lf 3-0-0-0, Van De Pol rf 3-0-0-0, Garner 3b 3-1-2-0, Turner 1b 3-1-1-1, Speirs c 3-1-2-2, Morales 2-0-1-0, Notary ss 2-1-1-0, Rohm p 2-0-1-0, Conover 2b 3-0-1-0. Totals 24-4-9-3.

Boulder hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Sullivan rf 1-0-0-0, Cunningham lf 1-0-1-0, Ryan ss 3-1-1-0, Chandler 1b 4-0-0-0, Bajza c 3-0-0-0, Katz lf-cf 3-0-0-0, Van Haute 2b 3-0-0-0, Davis 3b 3-0-0-0, Dinkel p 2-0-2-0, Mainland cr 0-0-0-0, Yuill cf-rf 3-0-0-0. Totals 26-1-4-0.