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BROOMFIELD — Thursday’s game between Broomfield and Longmont shaped up not only as a battle for first place in the Northern League. The matchup also showcased a pair of undefeated starting pitchers.

In the end, though, Broomfield’s Brandon Bailey hogged the spotlight on the mound.

Bailey tossed a four-hit shutout to lead the Eagles to an 8-0 triumph in the opener of a two-game set with the Trojans that will conclude Saturday at LHS.

With Kentucky Wildcats and Missouri Tigers scouts looking on, the 5-foot, 9-inch junior right-hander walked none and struck out 11. He retired the Trojans in order in the first, third, fourth and sixth innings, and didn’t allow a runner to reach second base until the seventh inning.

“My goal today was to beat Longmont,” Bailey said of turning in such a performance in front of scouts. “Anything that comes after that I’ll take as it comes. Longmont’s our high school rival so the adrenaline doesn’t get much higher than this.”

Broomfield (12-4) stayed unbeaten in league play at 11-0, while second-place Longmont (12-4) fell to 9-2. Even with a win over the Eagles on Saturday, the Trojans would need some help next week from Silver Creek to catch Broomfield for first place in the season’s final week.

“A league title would be nice but we want that momentum, no bumps in the road,” Broomfield coach Garren Estes said. “Everything clicked for us today. We’re playing well. Let’s keep the momentum going.”

Bailey improved to 7-0 on the season. Longmont starter Reilly Mau fell to 5-1.

While Mau pitched well at times, he was snakebitten by fielding errors to start off the first, third and fourth innings. The Eagles went on to plate seven of their runs in those three frames.

The deficit proved too much to overcome against Bailey, who mixed a high-80s/low-90s fastball with a curveball and changeup to keep the Trojans off-balance.

“He just had good command of three pitches,” said Longmont catcher Julian Moroyoqui, whose squad is averaging 8.4 runs per game this spring. “We don’t see that very often. He moved them pretty well and that’s what a good pitcher will do.”

Jackson Lockwood went 3 for 4 with four runs batted in, and Angelo Perez had two hits, a run and three RBIs to lead Broomfield at the plate. But it was Bailey, who doubled twice, who sparked the Eagles’ opening rally, too.

After leadoff man Parker Oliver reached on an error in the first inning, Bailey doubled off the fence in right field to set up a two-RBI single by Lockwood.

That was all the cushion Bailey needed.

Said Lockwood, who is 5-1 on the mound himself this season: “When we get a couple of runs we feel like we’re going to win the game.”

Broomfield 8, Longmont 0

At Broomfield HS

Longmont 000 000 0 — 0 4 3

Broomfield 202 301 x — 8 10 1

W — Bailey (7-0). L — Mau (5-1).

Longmont hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Yee 3-0-0-0, Magee 3-0-0-0, Crist 3-0-1-0, Moroyoqui 3-0-1-0, Mau 3-0-0-0, Green 0-0-0-0, Bladt 3-0-1-0, Leroux 3-0-1-0, Amen 2-0-0-0, Chacon 2-0-0-0, Zamudio 0-0-0-0, Martien 0-0-0-0. Totals 25-0-4-0.

Broomfield hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Oliver 3-2-0-0, Bailey 4-1-2-0, Sena 1-1-0-0, Panicucci 0-1-0-0, Lockwood 4-0-3-4, Perez 4-1-2-3, Martinez 3-0-0-0, Gable 2-0-1-1, Arensdorf 2-0-0-0, McCulley 3-1-1-0, Estes 3-1-1-0, Rouco 0-0-0-0. Totals 29-8-10-8. 2B — Bailey 2, Lockwood, Perez, Estes. SB — Gable.

Longmont pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) — Mau 52/3-10-8-4-2-7, Martien 1/3-0-0-0-0-0.

Broomfield pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) — Bailey 7-4-0-0-0-11.

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