Softball: Broomfield to host new 14U division in Boulder IDT

Mark Leffingwell / Staff Photographer
Tara Orland and the rest of the Colorado Warriors 01 softball squad will compete in the first Broomfield 14U division of the Boulder Independence Day Tournament.

BROOMFIELD — One of the most prestigious national tournaments for summer club softball each year, the Boulder Independence Day Tournament is getting a new 14-under division this season.

That’s big news for the Broomfield-based softball club Colorado Warriors 01.

From July 1-5, the players from Colorado Warriors 01 will get the opportunity to play against he best of the best from around the country, and they’ll get to do so in their own home town of Broomfield.

“The Independence is one of the most prestigious tournaments and we were fortunate to have already been enrolled in the Freedom which was scheduled to be in Broomfield and they turned it over to the Independence,” Wagner said. “Our goal as coaches in to get kids in front of college coaches and there is no bigger stage than the Independence.”

For years, the city and county of Broomfield had hosted the Colorado Freedom Invitational tournament. This year, however, the 14-under tournament was absorbed by the Boulder IDT, which has historically offered 18-under and 16-under tournaments packed with the top talent from across the nation.

In a merger of its own, this year’s Warriors 01 club has been bolstered by the addition of five players from another local club, the Broomfield Thunder, which has elevated Warriors 01 to a competitive level that will allow it to compete in the new 48-team Boulder IDT 14-under division. Scheduled to play in the Triple Crown World Series in San Diego later in July, the Boulder IDT should give Warriors 01 exactly the taste of top-level competition it is looking for.

“What better way to warm up for that than to face this type of competition?” Wagner said. “We’re a first-year team and we’re going to see a lot of second-year teams. We just want to go out and compete and show our game and we’ll be happy with that.”

The Warriors 01 club also includes players from Arvada, Westminster, Thornton and Erie. So far this season, Warriors 01 has finished runner-up at the Amateur Softball Association state tournament, the NSA Fight Like a Girl 16U tournament, the USSSA Berthoud Blaze 16U tournament and the USSSA Spring Diamond Breaker tournament. The Boulder IDT, however, will be the toughest test the young Warriors 01 club will face.

Despite the daunting task of going up against the nation’s best, all the Warriors 01 players and coaches are looking forward to the new Boulder IDT 14-under division. So is Boulder IDT tournament director Dan Burns.

“What I’m really excited about is the 14 and under tournament because for years college coaches and club coaches have asked me to do something like that,” Burns said. “We’ve got it going and teams are really excited about that. The city of Broomfield has been running a great 12- and 14-under tournament for years and it’s always been in the back of our minds that if they ever wanted to stop running that tournament, we’d like to take it over.”

All Boulder IDT 14-under games will be played at Broomfield Community Park and Broomfield Industrial Park. Two Warriors 01 players — Madison Wagner and Sara Rode — will play in the Boulder IDT All-Star Game on June 30.

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