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    Broomfield's Trenton Harris can't make the tag on Spencer Rich of Silver Creek Monday in Longmont. Go to BoCoPreps.com for more photos.

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    Silver Creek's Rex Olinger celebrates after hitting a triple against Broomfield Monday in Longmont. Go to BoCoPreps.com for more photos.

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    Broomfield's Zach Macosko delivers a pitch during Monday's game at Silver Creek. Go to BoCoPreps.com for more photos.

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    Silver Creek's Trevor Ordway throws a pitch Monday against visiting Broomfield. Go to BoCoPreps.com for more photos.



LONGMONT — Following successful playoff runs for each baseball team in 2017, both Broomfield and Silver Creek showed on Monday afternoon that they appear to be on similar trajectories this spring.

That includes in the category of preseason injuries, unfortunately.

The Class 5A Eagles and Class 4A Raptors were both missing some pretty big pieces to their rosters as the spring opened up at the Silver Creek field, but the two deep teams nevertheless played a tight contest with a pretty new cast of characters — a game that visiting Broomfield managed to pull out in eight innings by a 2-1 score.

Broomfield catcher Caleb Eiguren’s single in the eighth inning scored Allan Goodwin to help the visitors bounce back from allowing Silver Creek to tie the game in the seventh inning, and the Eagles held off another Raptors rally in the final half-inning for their first win of the year.

“(Injuries) are going to force some changes for us, but we know our pitching and defense is going to have to step up because of it,” Broomfield head coach Garren Estes said after the game, which saw Broomfield scratch out seven hits. “That’s the thing about this team and where we are, they see right now some pitchers have to step up. I think we saw a couple that wanted to come in and do it today.”

Already having a few question marks coming off of last season’s 5A title-game appearance, the Eagles have seen injuries to starting pitchers Mitch Morales and Ben Peterson that have thrown into question their ability to even play at all this season. Morales is dealing with a shoulder, and Peterson a lingering elbow problem.

On Monday, starter Zach Macosko, who also hit clean-up, was up to the challenge of Silver Creek — who made the 4A final four last year but was missing senior infielder Christopher Smedley (foot). To say Macosko battled would be an understatement, as he allowed 11 hits and 15 baserunners overall while also striking out eight.

But the Broomfield defense did plenty to show it was ready to get out on the field for real. Outfielders Ross Lawnhurst and Hayden VanDePol each threw SCHS runners out at home plate — VanDePol in the first inning and Lawnhurst on an incredible throw from center in the fourth — and Tyler Conover also made a diving catch in foul territory on a long run from first base in the fifth inning that proved to loom large.

With three double plays in the game, Silver Creek’s defense was mostly solid behind starter Ryan Suess and the two other pitchers for the Raptors — a team that will maneuver as if star pitcher Cole Winn was a graduate (he moved to California to play his senior year).

However, it was a pair of throwing errors on one play that gave Broomfield a 1-0 lead in the fourth. Silver Creek attempted to pick off Lawnhurst at second base, and an overthrow on his advancement to third base allowed him to scoot home.

Macosko tried to get the complete game, but the Raptors rallied on him with Rex Olinger’s two-out double down the left field line to score Spencer Rich, who had hit into a fielder’s choice, in the seventh.

Reliever Zach Boh allowed two, two-out hits in the eighth but managed to close the door on Silver Creek.

“We knew Silver Creek was going to push us, and we kept our heads in there,” Estes said. “We left guys and base and in scoring position, and those are things you can get away with early in the year but not much later on. We’re all right, though.”

Both teams have a pretty heavy schedule on the front end of their seasons. For Silver Creek, head coach Mike Apodaca said the squad gained plenty from Monday’s opener as they move forward without Smedley for as much as the next four weeks. The Raptors have nine games over the next 18 days.

“I think this group has a good chance to be a great baseball team, but our margin for error is much smaller this year,” Apodaca said. “But we can build off this game against a good program. We just have to figure out some more timely hitting. We saw more good things than bad, that’s for sure.”

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Broomfield 2, Silver Creek 1

At Silver Creek HS

Broomfield000 100 01 — 2 7 3

Silver Creek000 000 10 — 1 13 2

W — Zach Boh. L — Trevor Ordway.

Broomfield hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Hayden VanDePol 1-0-0-0, Tyler Conover 3-0-0-0, Tanner Garner 4-0-1-0, Zach Makosko 2-0-1-0, Ross Lawnhurst 3-1-0-0, Allan Goodwin 3-1-2-0, Wes Zamudio 4-0-0-0, Caleb Eiguren 4-0-2-1, Trenton Harris 3-0-2-0.

Silver Creek hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Charlie Jackson 5-0-1-0, Justin Swenson 5-0-2-0, Spencer Rich 4-1-1-0, Mike Weglietner 3-0-1-0, Rex Olinger 4-0-2-1, Travis Bicknell 3-0-1-0, Jack Carlough 4-0-2-0, Declan Magill 4-0-1-0, Alex Rich 3-0-2-0. 2B — Olinger, Bicknell. SB —S. Rich.

Broomfield pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Macosko 6.2-11-1-0-1-8, Boh 1.1-2-0-0-0-1.

Silver Creek pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Ryan Suess 4-4-1-0-2-1, Charlie Belcher 1.2-1-0-0-4-1, Ordway 2.1-2-1-0-0-2-1.