Colt Sedbrook’s name will forever be tied to Broomfield High School baseball. He made sure of that back when he was still swinging a hot bat for the Eagles more than 10 years ago.
On Saturday, the journey for Sedbrook to where he is today — as coach of the Boulder Panthers — comes full circle, as Boulder and Broomfield meet for the first time with Sedbrook as Boulder’s head mentor.
Adding to the story, Garren Estes still mans the dugout for Broomfield after taking over the program in Sedbrook’s sophomore year.
While the game is taking place at Scott Carpenter Park (11 a.m.) rather than at Broomfield — where Sedbrook still remembers writing his name in bold red paint when they renovated the press box — there’s no doubt in Sedbrook’s mind that emotions will be riding pretty high for himself.
“You look back and realize that it all started for me at Broomfield, and it started when my dad was a coach at Broomfield,” Sedbrook said. “Being able to compete against them, it’s definitely going to be special.
“I’m proud to be a part of that alumni. Us Broomfield guys always seem to stay connected to the high school … there are just a lot of connections with my life and Broomfield, and Broomfield sports. I’m going to enjoy the moment as much as possible.”
Sedbrook took over Boulder’s program in 2014, but Broomfield just joined the 5A Front Range League this year. Each team in the FRL faces off just once during the regular season.
Through his years rising up through the St. Louis Cardinals organization, Sedbrook always seemed to remember his roots. While at Broomfield (2001-2004), he was a four-time letter-winner in baseball, made All-Skyline League each of his four years, and was all-state three times.
“Even the (administration) people that are still around, I am respectful of what they did for me in the opportunities I was given,” Sedbrook said.
For Estes, seeing a former player across the other dugout in Sedbrook’s position has never occurred. However, Estes always appreciated the hard work Sedbrook put in as a player and said he was looking forward to Saturday’s pre-game meeting at home plate.
“It’s going to be exciting, and I am extremely happy for Colt as he’s gotten to be where he’s at,” Estes said. “I hope he learned some things from me and that he can also build on his own philosophies as he continues. He’s doing a great job so far for them, and I know he’s going to put in the time to get them where he wants to be. It is exciting.”
Of course, the game itself is meaningful for both teams about halfway through the season. Boulder is 5-4 overall and 2-1 in the FRL after a 3-0 win over Poudre on Thursday. Broomfield fell to Horizon 6-5 on Thursday to put the Eagles at 3-6 overall and 1-2 in the league.
Sedbrook would like his Panthers to get into a groove with upcoming games against Fairview and Rocky Mountain, both within the next week.
“We have a group of guys that know what they have to do to keep getting better,” Sedbrook said. “It’s about execution. They need to play at a high level and at a level that is under control. The I.Q.’s are there; we just need to swallow our pride a little bit and get the job done.”
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