BROOMFIELD — Given the bad weather, rescheduled games and all-around hectic spring, Broomfield baseball is facing crunch time in its conference schedule.
As of Saturday, the 10th-ranked Eagles more than proved they’re handling everything in stride. The defending Class 4A state champions swept Northern League foe Silver Creek in a doubleheader that had enough offense to have won a month’s worth of games.
Broomfield opened the day with a 25-1 win against the Raptors. Then, with a number of reserves working into the lineup, closed it with a 5-1 victory over SCHS.
“We’re coming out more battle-hardened,” Broomfield catcher Ben Martinez said. “Everybody is wanting to hit the ball — it feels like everyone is coming together finally.”
While Silver Creek (1-16, 1-11) has had its struggles this season, Broomfield (10-7, 9-3) far from overlooked the Raptors. The conference-leading Eagles are in the running to capture their fourth consecutive league title, potentially the second outright in the past two years. The team has no margin for error and is aiming to build a head of steam.
“The next two games I think are some of the biggest of the year,” Martinez said. “They’re going to determine if we’re going to host districts and I definitely want to keep them here. We have the great fans out in right field.”
The muddled mess that has been Northern League play has Broomfield coming down to the wire in clinching the conference title. But one victory in the final two games will lock up the crown for the Eagles.
“We have only three losses, while the next closest team has five,” Broomfield coach Garren Estes said.
If Broomfield bats anywhere close to how it did Saturday, the team should start clearing space in its trophy case for another piece of hardware. The Eagles’ lineup chewed its way through five Raptors pitchers with 30 hits, 11 for extra bases, and two home runs.
Brandon Bailey had the most eye-popping performance of the day. The Gonzaga University recruit finished the opening game batting 5 for 5 with three doubles and one home run — a two-run shot in the second. But the Eagles have been champing at the bit to unleash themselves after what they considered one of their most disappointing outings of the year, April 27 at Niwot.
“We gained a lot of momentum from that game after a bad call on one of our hits to right field,” said Martinez, who finished the day’s offensive fireworks with a triple. “We knew that if we just hit the ball and put it in play that we were going to come out with some victories.
All Silver Creek head coach Trevor Platt could do after the opening game was shake his head. Despite the lopsided scores, Platt did not believe the day was a complete waste. The goal of the team late in the season is to learn and show improvement. The Raptors did that in the second game in their coach’s eyes.
“We didn’t even talk about the first game, only the second,” Platt said. “Granted, we didn’t get the W, but it was Raptor baseball. We played so much better.”
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Broomfield 25, Silver Creek 1
Broomfield (9-7, 8-3) 3(10)7 41 — 25 20 0
Silver Creek (1-15, 1-10) 010 00 — 1 4 2
W — Thomas (2-2). L — Allen (0-1)
Broomfield hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Holbrook 4-4-3-4, Willard 2-1-1-2, Bailey 5-3-5-6, Gabel 2-2-1-2, martinez 2-1-1-2, Perez 2-2-1-1, McCulley 5-2-2-1, Estes 4-1-0-0, Reeb 1-0-0-0, Sena 3-3-2-1, Lalancette 2-2-2-1, Brewer 2-4-2-2. Totals 30-25-20-22. 2B — Holbrook 2, Bailey 3, Martinez 1, Brewer. HR — Bailey (two run in third), Lalancette (solo in fifth). SB — Gable, McCulley.
Silver Creek hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Metcalf 3-0-0-0, Grine 2-0-1-0, Brown 2-0-0-0, Stauss 2-0-1-0, Siedem 2-1-0-0, Fleming 2-0-1-1, Deckert 2-0-1-0, Ludwig 2-0-0-0, Allen 1-0-0-0, Apodaca 1-0-0-0. Totals 0-0-0-0.
Broomfield pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Thomas 5-4-1-1-2-5.
Silver Creek pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Allen 2-9-15-8-2-1, Barth 1-5-5-5-0-0, Deckert 1-5-5-4-1-2, Apodaca 1.1-1-1-1-1-2.
Broomfield 5, Silver Creek 1
Silver Creek (1-16, 1-11) 100 000 0 — 1 4 1
Broomfield (10-7, 9-3) 001 103 0 — 5 11 1
W ? Perez (1-0). L ? Roberts (0-3)
Silver Creek hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Metcalf 3-0-1-0, Barth 3-1-0-0, Stauss 3-0-2-0, Siedem 3-0-0-0, Roberts 3-0-0-0, Ricks 3-0-0-0, Apodaca 3-0-0-0, Ludwig 2-0-1-0, Newton 3-0-0-0. Totals 26-1-4-0. SB ? Roberts, Ludwig.
Brooomfield hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Holbrook 4-1-0-0, Sena 2-1-0-0, Gable 3-1-3-0, Martinez 2-1-1-3, Perez 2-0-1-1, McCulley 3-0-0-0, Biesterfiedl 3-1-1-0, Lalancette 3-0-2-1, Brewer 3-0-1-0, Thomas 1-0-1-0. Totals 26-5-9-5. 2B — Gable. 3B — Martinez. SB — Holbrook.
Silver Creek pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Roberts 7-11-4-4-1-3.
Broomfield pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Perez 6-3-1-0-0-8, Reeb 1-1-0-0-0-0.