LONGMONT — The top of the sixth inning started harmless enough, with Broomfield’s Hayden Estes reaching base on an error.
By the time he got up again, the Eagles still hadn’t recorded an out. When he got up a third time, he completed a remarkable inning with an RBI single.
Broomfield scored 16 runs in the sixth inning en route to a 23-2 rout of host Silver Creek on Saturday in the regular season finale for both squads.
“Things came together and we were just getting our pitches and they couldn’t even stop us,” said Eagles right fielder Dylan Gable, who went 2-for-4 with a triple and six RBIs.
The Northern Conference champion Eagles (15-4, 14-0 in league) already led 7-2 when the inning began. Then, their first 14 hitters of the inning reached base safely.
Silver Creek (9-9-1, 8-6) went through four pitchers in the inning to try to stop the bleeding.
“Everyone just lost their focus and they took advantage and just started hitting the ball and got a bunch of runs in,” Silver Creek’s Greg Reynolds.
Saturday’s game didn’t mean much for Broomfield, in terms of the standings. The Eagles wrapped up the league crown long ago, but after a subpar 7-6 win over these same Raptors two days earlier, Broomfield wanted to finish on a better note.
“We want to get momentum going into the playoffs next week,” head coach Garren Estes said. “We didn’t play our best (on Thursday). It was good; it showed we can have a bad day and still come out with a victory. And then when everything is working real well for us we can score a lot of runs.”
Broomfield finished with 23 runs on 20 hits. The Eagles had three triples and two doubles. Four different players — Jackson Lockwood, Angelo Perez, Jordan Arensdorf and Estes — finished with three hits each. Every Eagle in the starting lineup had at least one hit.
Gable had a two-run single in the fifth to extend Broomfield’s lead to 7-2. His three-run triple in the sixth highlighted that inning.
“It was real fun,” he said. “I kept my average above .400. I was real happy about that.”
Like the Eagles, Silver Creek is headed to the playoffs. The Raptors just hope to shake this one off in a hurry.
“I think we can move on,” Raptors coach Trevor Platt said. “As soon as I got out there, I told them I’m done thinking about this game.
“I told the guys, my plans are to play another week and then another week. If you want to be on that bus with me, you’re more than welcome to join me and we’ll make a run at this and we’ll get it started on Monday.”
Broomfield 23, Silver Creek 2
At Silver Creek H.S.
Broomfield (15-4, 14-0) 310 03(16) — 23 20 3
S. Creek (9-9-1, 8-6) 000 200 — 2 2 4
W — Jackson Lockwood. L — Greg Reynolds.
Broomfield hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Parker Oliver 4-3-2-0, Brandon Bailey 5-3-1-2, Jackson Lockwood 5-3-3-2, Angelo Perez 4-4-3-2, Ben Martinez 3-0-1-1, Pat Lalancette 1-2-1-1, Conner Osgood 1-0-0-0, Dylan Gable 4-3-2-6, Jordan Arensdorf 4-1-3-2, Ryan McCulley 4-1-1-0, Albert Garcia 0-0-0-1, Hayden Estes 5-3-3-2, Dylan Rouco 0-0-0-0. Totals 40-23-20-19. 2B — Perez 2. 3B — Bailey, Martinez, Gable. SB — Bailey.
Silver Creek hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Greg Reynolds 3-0-0-0, Austin Apodaca 3-0-0-0, Joey Stauss 2-1-0-0, Wyatt Knechtel 2-1-0-0, Garrett Howard 2-0-0-0, Ryan Templeton 0-0-0-0, KC Lord 2-0-0-0, Nawan Jeet Singh 1-0-0-0, Andre Apodaca 2-0-1-0, Levi Deckert 1-0-0-0, Chico Grine 2-0-0-0, Matt Seidem 2-0-0-0, Scott Platt 2-0-1-0, Kellen Wenande 0-0-0-0, Ben Woo Ching 1-0-0-0. Totals 23-2-2-0. SB — An. Apodaca.
Broomfield pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Lockwood 5-2-2-0-1-5, Perez 1-0-0-0-0-3.
Silver Creek pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Reynolds 4.1-7-6-5-1-0, Knechtel 0.2-4-4-3-0-1, An. Apodaca 0-2-4-4-0-0, Lord 0.1-4-8-5-2-1, Stauss 0.2-2-1-0-1-1.