Softball: Impressive Broomfield heading to state with confidence

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    Broomfield's Linnie Malkin salutes the crowd after the Eagles' 10-0 win over Rock Canyon at Broomfield High on Saturday afternoon

  • Jonathan Castner / For

    Broomfield's Taylor Gilmore on the mound during their 10-0 win over Rock Canyon at Broomfield High on Saturday afternoon.



BROOMFIELD — Some people use a highly caffeinated beverage or coffee to jump start their day.

All Taylor Gilmore needed was the thought of a big game.

The Broomfield junior couldn’t wait to get to the field on Saturday morning for the Class 5A Region 4 tournament and was up a 5:30 a.m. ready to go.

“I wasn’t exactly nervous, just more excited,” she said.

Gilmore and her Eagles teammates were beyond dominant on Saturday, first taking down Fruita Monument in the first game 11-0 and then Rocky Canyon 10-0 in the regional title game.

The numbers on both sides were staggering. Gilmore pitched a total of 11 innings on Saturday and gave up just six hits, walking none and striking out 12. The Broomfield bats pounded out 30 hits, including first game home runs from both Gilmore and reigning player of the year Linnie Malkin, and the Eagles played flawless defense, not committing a single error.

“I think the girls feel like they are doing a good job and they are there for each other and it has been a lot of fun,” said Broomfield coach Paula Seifried, whose team heads to the Aurora Sports Park next Friday and Saturday winners of 12 of their last 13 games. “I’m excited to see what state brings.”

Fourth-seeded Broomfield got to Jaguars starter Sydney Marchando early in the title game. After back-to-back infield hits from Kendall Lockwood and Brennan Thomas, Malkin moved the runners up with a sacrifice fly to deep center field.

After Gilmore fouled out, Matti Morales ripped a two-out single back up the middle for that plated both runners.

The Eagles (16-5) scored two more times in the second inning and it was all that Gilmore needed.

“It is one of the better hitting teams I have ever had 1-9,” Seifried said. “They are going to make people beat them and they are going to do it by getting the ball in play and not striking out.”

Gilmore’s defense was fantastic. When 13th-seeded Rock Canyon (12-10), which later lost to Columbine (14-8) in the final game to grab the second state berth out of the region, put the ball in play it was usually right at a defender. The play of the day belonged to sophomore right-fielder Cassidy Sutton who made a diving catch on Katie DiDonna’s sinking line drive for the second out in the fourth inning.

“I look up some team before we play them and I play a lot of these girls over the summer, so I get to see them quite often,” Gilmore said. “So I kind of know what to pitch them and how to play against them, so that helps.

“But we played some really good teams today and we really played well as a team and that helped.”

Seifried has enjoyed watching the growth of Gilmore over the past two season and is excited about what next week holds for her team next weekend.

“She is starting to do better with pitch selections and is hitting her spots better instead of just being a thrower,” Seifried said. “She is also changing speeds a lot more.”

The Eagles invoked the mercy rule in the bottom of the fifth inning, batting around against Rock Canyon reliever Ashley Seltzer, who had to come in when Marchando’s back tightened up.

The big blow was a 2-run triple to center field by Malkin, who took advantage of the Jaguars playing close to cut off runs. Two batters later, Megan Biesterfeld singled to drive in Malkin and end the game.

Six of the nine Eagles in the starting lineup had at least two hits.

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Broomfield 10, Rock Canyon 0

At Broomfield


Rock Canyon (12-9)
000 00 — 0 2 3

Broomfield (16-5)
220 06 — 10 15 0

W — Taylor Gilmore. L — Sydney Marchando.

Rock Canyon hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Haley Williams 2-0-0-0, Shelby Lamkin 2-0-0-0, Sydney Marchando 2-0-0-0, Katie DiDonna 2-0-0-0, Sloane Stewartson 2-0-0-0, Ashlee Seltzer 2-0-1-0, Rachel DeSimone 2-0-0-0, Lauren Cohn 2-0-1-0, Claire Noyes 1-0-0-0, Caroline Thomas 0-0-0-0. Totals 17-0-2-0. 2B — Seltzer.

Broomfield hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Kendall Lockwood 4-2-2-1, Brennan Thomas 3-2-2-1, Linnie Malkin 3-1-3-2, Taylor Gilmore 4-1-1-1, Matti Morales 3-0-2-3, Lauren Klein 0-0-0-0, Megan Biesterfeld 4-0-2-1, Kenzi Jackson 2-1-1-0, Lauren Lynch 2-0-0-0, Cassidy Sutton 0-1-0-0, Hannah Shores 3-2-2-0. Totals 28-10-15-9. 3B — Malkin. SB — Gilmore.

Rock Canyon pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Marchando 3-7-4-2-1-1, Seltzer 2.2-8-6-4-0-0.

Broomfield pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Gilmore 5-2-0-0-0-5.

Broomfield 11, Fruita Monument 0

At Broomfield


Fruita Monument (13-7)
000 000 — 0 4 0

Broomfield (15-5)
000 272 — 11 15 0

W — Gilmore. L — Lauren Reed.

Broomfield hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Lynch 3-0-1-1, Morales 3-1-1-0, Lockwood 4-1-1-0, Gilmore 3-2-2-4, Malkin 3-2-2-3, Thomas 4-2-3-0, Shores 3-1-2-0, Jackson 3-1-2-2, Biesterfeld 3-1-1-1. Totals 29-11-15-11. 2B — Lynch. HR — Gilmore, Malkin. SB — Thomas, Shores, Biesterfeld.

Broomfield pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Gilmore 6-4-0-0-0-7.