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Baseball: Lockwood’s three doubles help fuel Eagles’ championship

Broomfield's Jackson Lockwood, right, is congratulated by teammate Ben Martinez after scoring a run against Air Academy on Saturday.
Derek Broussard
Broomfield’s Jackson Lockwood, right, is congratulated by teammate Ben Martinez after scoring a run against Air Academy on Saturday.

DENVER — Jackson Lockwood absorbed his second pitching loss of the season Saturday and was hit near the right eye by a one-hopped throw.

Bad day? Please.

It was one of the most spectacular days of the Broomfield senior’s baseball life.

Lockwood struck out 10 in the morning game against Air Academy, yet the Eagles fell 3-2. But since Broomfield entered without a loss in the double-elimination Class 4A state tournament, the Eagles got another crack at it in the afternoon.

Lockwood took full advantage, ripping three of Broomfield’s 11 doubles in a title-clinching 12-4 win.

“As a team, we just decided to forget about the first game,” Lockwood said. “We know we’re better hitters than that.”

Lockwood, who played third base and remained in the game after being nipped by the skipping throw, finished the season 10-2 on the mound and batted .484 with 16 doubles, three home runs and 23 RBIs. And although it’s typically a basketball statistic, give him credit for one rebound Saturday.

“Jackson, he’s motivated and he always leaves the past behind him,” Eagles catcher Ben Martinez said.

 

FOLLOWING GRANDPA’S CLEAT MARKS

In 1961, Rye was led to a state baseball championship by pitcher Keith Bailey. Fifty-one years later, his grandson accomplished the same feat.

Brandon Bailey pitched a complete game in the clincher, as the junior fireballer improved to 10-0 this season.

“My grandpa, I think he threw a no-hitter for Rye,” Bailey said. “This is just awesome. He won one, then my dad never did because he played football, so it skipped a generation. But we’re back to it again.”

Bailey had mixed emotions when the Eagles lost the opener, upset that Broomfield lost but intensely focused on taking the mound later.

“It was definitely an interesting situation,” Bailey said. “We told ourselves we should be happy. Not too many teams get two chances at a state championship.”


PATIENCE YIELDS RESULTS

Broomfield hitters had an over-aggressive approach against Air Academy’s Kevin Megyeri in the early game. It resulted in several popups, lazy fly balls and only four hits.

More patience yielded dramatically different results in Game 2.

“That’s exactly what our coach (Garren Estes) told us on the way to Dave & Busters during the break,” Martinez said. “He told us, ‘Just relax and enjoy yourselves. We have our No. 1 on the bump, they have their No. 3 on the bump. Just sit back on the ball and drive it away.'”

Martinez was one of many who heeded the advice, finishing 2 for 4 with a double, a home run and three RBIs.

 

NOTABLE

While Broomfield will lose starters Lockwood, center fielder Parker Oliver, second baseman Jordan Arensdorf and first baseman/pitcher Albert Garcia to graduation, the Eagles still could be primed for another title. Bailey and Martinez will return, along with shortstop Angelo Perez and outfielders Hayden Estes and Dylan Gable. … Junior Ryan McCulley ripped a pinch-hit RBI double in the opener and was rewarded with a start at designated hitter in Game 2. He went 2 for 4 with a double, a run scored, an RBI and a stolen base.

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