BROOMFIELD — Jordan Arensdorf’s last at bat influenced second-seeded Broomfield baseball’s momentum and mathematics in the Class 4A state tournament.
The momentum part of the second-baseman’s two-run, walk-off double is pretty obvious. It just comes with the territory of knocking off the defending state champion. But the math part of beating No. 4 Cheyenne Mountain, that is the unseen part of the equation, but no less potent.
Broomfield protecting its undefeated run through the postseason entering Friday’s final four has made the team the odds-on favorite to win the state title.
“Our confidence is way up heading into this weekend,” Arensdorf said. “We just need to continue to execute and get the wins.”
Broomfield faces Canon City at noon, at All-Star Park, but has a leg up on the three remaining teams in the tournament.
Regardless of Friday’s outcome, Broomfield is guaranteed a spot in Saturday’s championship as the team hunts for its first title since 2006. And once there, the Eagles must win only one finals game to clinch the state title. Since the start of the present state format, it is a pretty sweet position for a team to be in.
Only three squads have entered this point of the postseason undefeated and gone on to lose the state championship: Mountain View in 2003 and 2009 and Thomas Jefferson in 2007.
“Coming in undefeated, everybody else in a pressure situation,” Broomfield coach Garren Estes said. “But we can’t get ahead of ourselves. We’ve still got to win two of potentially three games Friday and Saturday.”
The Eagles would be elated with the most expedient route, burning through to a title with two consecutive wins. And it would put the Northern League champions in pretty elite company. Niwot in 2004 was the only team to run through the state brackets undefeated.
It is somewhat of a sore point for Estes, given the Cougars knocked off Broomfield in the title game. But from what he has seen out of the 2012 Eagles, if there is a Broomfield squad to finish with an undefeated run through the postseason, this one certainly has the potential.
“I think we’ve gone out and proved we can hang with the big teams this year,” said the coach, who is taking the Eagles to the finals for the fifth time. “It started with our trip to San Diego and continued on through conference, where we went undefeated.”
The Eagles also have plenty of motivation from the last time they made it this far in state. The team fell to Mountain View in the 2010 state finals, something that has lingered with Broomfield’s seniors, who were sophomores at the time.
“We definitely don’t want to feel like that again,” said Jackson Lockwood, a senior pitcher slated to play at the University of Portland next year.
Canyon City is an unknown for Broomfield, other than it beat the Eagles’ conference foe Longmont to make the semifinals. No matter who the Eagles face, they are more then conscious of where the count stands.
Adding another title means looking past the odds and continuing to do what the team has done all year — win baseball games.
“We’re hungry,” Arensdorf said. “We want that title.”
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