BROOMFIELD — In their first two games of the season, Paula Seifried’s Broomfield Eagles had outscored their 5A Jefferson County league opponents 24-1 and looked good doing it.
Sure, they had a few blunders in the field, but when you score 12 runs those kind of things tend to be overlooked.
On Friday against Holy Family, the Eagles scored just twice and committed six errors. The result? A 2-1 win over the Tigers.
“I think we got a little ahead of ourselves,” said sophomore pitcher Taylor Gilmore of Broomfield’s confidence heading into the game. “But I think we learned from our mistakes and I don’t think it will happen again.
“This gave us a chance to think that we are not all that and we have to battle through everything.”
Up 1-0 going to the bottom of the fifth, Gilmore got the first two outs and then things started to get a little wacky. Amelia Trotter couldn’t field Macy Cox’s grounder cleanly allowing Cox to reach safely for Holy Family.
Then Payton Corah reached on Gilmore’s throwing error that allowed Cox to third and Corah got to second. Gilmore looked to get out of the jam, getting Skylar Gardner to ground to third, but Lindsey Malkin couldn’t field it cleanly and the run scored.
“They are a good team, they put the ball in play and we had to do our job and we didn’t all the time,” Seifried said.
The game would stay tied into the seventh inning, when Holy Family was able to return the favor — error-wise — to the Eagles.
With one out Broomfield’s Kendall Lockwood reached on Natalie Gardon’s error at shortstop, then Trotter followed by ripping a double to the left field wall that moved Lockwood to third. Tigers interim coach Eloy Gonzales elected to walk the Eagles’ No. 9 hitter, Brennan Thomas, to allow for a possible force out at any base.
Megan Biesterfeld ripped a ball up the third base line that Gardner was unable to field cleanly at third and allowed Lockwood to score the go-ahead run.
“We told them, if they can compete against Broomfield, then they can compete in our league too,” said Gonzales, who is filling in for Mitch Martinez, who is recovering from surgery on Tuesday.
Holy Family challenged in the bottom of the seventh, getting the tying run to third in the form of Gardon, but Gilmore got Haley Draudt to ground out to third to end the game.
“It doesn’t matter how I pitch, it matters how my team picks me up and I thought even in the dugout they were doing that,” said Gilmore, who struck out six and only allowed three hits. “If I had a bad inning they would pick me up and if they had a bad inning, I would pick them up.”
Cox was equally as good for the Tigers, using her change-up to slow down the potent Broomfield lineup. She struck out three and allowed just six hits in the losing effort.
“She was hitting her spots,” Gonzales said. “And when she is doing that, she’s real tough.”
Broomfield will face travel to Westminster on Monday before the start of the Erie Festival of Champions later in the week. Holy Family will try for win No. 2 in the Tri-Valley League at Frederick on Tuesday.
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Broomfield 2, Holy Family 1
At Holy Family
Broomfield 010 000 1 — 2 6 6
Holy Family 000 100 0 — 1 3 4
W — Taylor Gilmore (3-0). L — Macy Cox (1-2).
Broomfield hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Megan Biesterfeld 4-0-0-1, Kenzie Jackson 4-0-0-0, Lindsey Malkin 4-0-1-0, Taylor Gilmore 2-0-1-0, Cassidy Sutton 0-1-0-0, Brittany Brophy 0-0-0-0, Kenzie Brock 2-0-1-0, Matti Morales 3-0-0-1, Kendall Lockwood 3-1-1-0, Amelia Trotter 2-0-1-0, Brennan Thomas 2-0-1-0, Hannah Shores 0-0-0-0. Totals 26-2-6-2. 2B — Gilmore, Trotter.
Holy Family hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Natalie Gardon 4-0-0-0, Alex Jaros 3-0-0-0, Haley Draudt 4-0-1-0, Jalen Gonzales 0-0-0-0, Jazmin Means 2-0-0-0, Macy Cox 3-1-0-0, Payton Corah 2-0-0-0, Skylar Gardner 3-0-1-0, Taryn Cook 1-0-1-0, Hannah Bach 2-0-0-0, Katelyn Caviness 3-0-0-0. Totals 27-1-3-0.
Broomfield pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Gilmore 7-3-1-0-2-6.
Holy Family pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Cox 7-6-2-0-2-3.