BROOMFIELD — If pitcher Brandon Bailey proved anything in his second time on the mound this season, it’s that he’s stingy.
The right-hander for sixth-ranked Broomfield has thrown 13 innings as of Thursday, and has given up zero runs. Bailey’s latest victim was Thompson Valley, with the pitcher leading his team to a 5-0 victory.
The junior surrendered only two hits and struck out nine batters in his first complete game of the season.
“It felt really good today on the mound,” Bailey said. “I had pretty good control of my fastball and my slider was real effective. It kind had them on their front foot and everything.”
The only scare Thompson Valley (2-3, 1-2 Northern League) gave Bailey came in the fifth inning.
Karsen Buschjost came the closest to putting Thompson Valley on the board, when the center fielder made it to third off a double and an error. But the Broomfield pitcher quickly defused the situation, ending the inning with a strikeout and flyball to right field.
Outside of two errors on the afternoon, the Eagles (3-0, 3-0) played fairly flawless defense. In addition to Bailey’s work, the team also turned two 6-4-3 double plays.
“It was a great overall team effort,” said Bailey, who has 18 strikeouts on the season.
The Eagles’ win was far from one-dimensional. The team was equally adept at turning the crank on offense.
Broomfield scored in every inning, except the first, and did so with quite a bit of power. The team finished the afternoon with four doubles.
Bailey came up with an RBI in the fourth with a double he legged out to third after Thompson Valley booted the play in the outfield. And Dylan Rouco, Jordan Arensdor and Dylan Gable each set up their runs with doubles.
“We laid off their curve balls and off-speed pitches pretty well,” said Rouco, who put the Eagles on the board in the second.
Even with the upper hand on offense, Broomfield had its missteps rounding the bases. Two Eagles got picked off at first base, one at second and one at third.
“We made some early-season mistakes on the bases,” Broomfield coach Garren Estes said. “Which with a team like this is dangerous. In the past, Thompson Valley has come back on us.”
Thompson Valley ended the Eagles’ season in the 2011 district championship. But Thursday’s win has the Eagles champing at the bit to sweep the Loveland team. And Broomfield won’t have to wait long to take a crack at it.
The Northern League is entering its second season of back-to-back match-ups among the conference teams. The Eagles play the second game of the series at noon Saturday, at Thompson Valley.
“The system makes coaches coach more,” Estes said. “It makes you look out and see what games are coming. You can’t pitch a guy against a team and then two weeks later throw him again against the same team.”
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Broomfield 5, Thompson Valley 0
At Broomfield H.S.
Thompson Valley (2-3, 1-2) 000 000 0 — 0 2 2
Broomfield (3-0, 3-0) 011 111 x — 5 8 2
W — Bailey (2-0). L — McFadden (0-2)
Thompson Valley hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Moore 2-0-0-0, Yep 2-0-0-0, White 3-0-1-0, Sievers 3-0-0-0, Kelly 3-0-0-0, Mueller 3-0-0-0, Buschjost 2-0-1-0, McFadden 2-0-0-0, Smith 2-0-0-0,. Totals 22-0-2-0. 2B — Buschjost. 3B — none. HR — none. SB — none.
Broomfield hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Bailey 3-0-2-2, Oliver 3-0-0-0, Lockwood 2-1-1-0, Gable 3-1-2-1, Rouco 3-1-2-1, Martinez 3-0-0-1, Arensdorf 2-2-1-0, Estes 3-0-0-0. Totals 23-5-8-5. 2B — Bailey, Rouco, Arensdorf, Gable. 3B — none. HR — none. SB — Perez, Arensdorf.
Thompson Valley pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — McFadden 3 2/3-5-3-4-2; Mueller 2 1/3-3-2-1-1-2.
Broomfield pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Bailey 7-2-0-0-1-9.