BROOMFIELD — The Broomfield Eagles came to life at the plate and capitalized on miscues from the Boulder Panthers on defense to win 12-2 in five innings in their Front Range League opener on Tuesday.
Getting the opening win in league play was critical, Broomfield players acknowledged.
"It feels great beating Boulder," Broomfield's Zach Boh said. "We came out swinging and were ready for this. We've been practicing hard all week (for this)."
Each team made a move offensively to score a couple of runs, but the ways in how each team handled those early offensive runs made the difference on Tuesday.
Boulder jumped out to a fast start with Luke Pemberton reaching on a single and Teddy Schoenfeld driving him home with an RBI triple in the next at-bat. Jonny Suchor had a productive out by grounding out to the right side of the field, deep enough to get the run home for a 2-0 lead.
"We weren't going to let some mistakes and missed pitches haunt us," Broomfield's Joe DeCamillis said. "We just had to take it one pitch at a time and react how we needed to."
Broomfield did just that, starting with a leadoff single from Boh and a walk from Dru De Vera. Two batters later, DeCamillis drove in both runners with a single that tied the game.
"It said a lot about our team as a whole," DeCamillis said about the two early runs.
Caden English broke up the tie with his RBI single to give Broomfield its first lead. With momentum on their side, the Eagles put the pressure on Boulder and were rewarded with mistakes and opportunities to score off of them. A wild pitch put up the fourth and fifth runs of the inning, and when starting pitcher Julian Zamora dropped the ball covering home plate, a sixth run was scored. The mistake and wild pitches were enough for Boulder coach Jack Taylor to pull Zamora with only two outs recorded.
Things continued to unfold in the next two innings with Boulder giving up two runs off an error and then another pair off a single from Brendan O'Brien in the second inning. Another error was committed in the third as Broomfield would add two more runs to get the 10-run lead. Mistakes from the field, aided by an offense stringing hits together, resulted in Broomfield hitting through the lineup in each of the first two innings.
While Broomfield was hitting and putting the ball in play, Boulder was held to two hits in the final four innings and could not find a way to answer the big innings allowed.
"We weren't very good today," Taylor said. "We didn't send many hitters to the plate and we're not very good when we don't send many batters to the plate. (Broomfield) sent a lot to the plate, and that's the result you're usually going to get."
Both teams are eager to turn the page from Tuesday's league opener and work to get off to a good start in conference play. For Broomfield, that means building off one of their best offensive games of the season as they look for a win over Greeley West on Thursday.
"We need to keep this momentum and keep hitting around," Boh said.
On the other side, Boulder seeks to bounce back with a trip to Mountain Range on Thursday before returning home to face Rocky Mountain on Saturday.
"I like where we are, but now we have a bad taste in our mouth," Taylor said. "We just have to remember that taste and avoiding having it happen again. We're going to win some and lose some. Now it's about how you respond."
Broomfield 12, Boulder 2
At Broomfield HS
Boulder 200 00 — 2 4 4
Broomfield 642 0x — 12 6 1
W — Broomfield Zach Macosko (5-1). L — Boulder Julian Zamora (1-2).
Boulder hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Luke Pemberton 3-1-1-0, Teddy Schoenfeld 2-1-1-1, Jonny Suchor 3-0-0-1, Dorsey Chatham 2-0-0-0, Adrien Armstrong 2-0-0-0, Noah Ghiselli 2-0-1-0, Jackson Woolwine 2-0-0-0, Nathan Bach 2-0-0-0, Jackson Wyatt 2-0-0-0, Ben Sapper 1-0-1-0. 2B — Sapper. 3B — none. HR — none. SB — none.
Broomfield hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Zach Boh 3-3-2-0, Dru de Vera 3-3-1-1, Trenton Harris 3-0-0-0, Joe Decamillis 3-0-1-3, Justin Spencer 3-1-1-1, Caden English 3-2-0-0, Ryan Sena 3-1-0-0, Brendan O'Brien 3-0-1-2, Aaron Brakel 2-0-0-0, Tommy Valdes 1-0-0-0, Preston May 0-2-0-0. 2B — none. 3B — Boh. HR — none. SB — de Vera, Harris.
Boulder pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Julian Zamora .2-3-6-3-3-1, Jonny Suchor 2.1-3-6-2-3-2, Vincent Sauza 1-0-0-0-0-0.
Broomfield pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Zach Macosko 3-2-2-2-2-4, Garret Klein 2-2-0-0-0-4.