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Softball: No. 8 Broomfield comes from behind to beat Union

Eagles rally from down 5-0 to beat a tough Oklahoma opponent at Tournament of Champions

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ERIE – Nearly a year after an uphill battle ended in an appearance at the 2018 state tournament, the Broomfield softball team has gotten off to one heck of a start to the 2019 campaign.

Here’s the list of Colorado teams Broomfield has beaten this far, and it’s a good one: Mountain Vista, Fountain-Fort Carson, Mountain View (No. 4 in 4A), Cherry Creek (No. 8 in 5A), Silver Creek (No. 2 in 4A), Dakota Ridge and Brighton.

During the prestigious Colorado Tournament of Champions on Saturday at The Ballpark at Erie, the Eagles (8-0) added Union from Oklahoma to their list of defeated opponents with a 9-7 win. Having to overcome a significant deficit made it the Eagles’ most intriguing victory yet.

“We haven’t been down like that all year so that was our first experience of having to come back,” Broomfield shortstop Hadlee Reichert said. “It’s tough because sometimes when you get behind that much, it kind of sucks the energy right out of you. But we’re so good at bouncing off each other that when we get one hit, it usually leads to another and we found a way to get the win.”

Broomfield, ranked No. 8 in Class 5A by the CHSAANow.com preseason poll and with starting sophomore Maycee Bricker on the mound, surrendered five Union runs in the bottom of the third inning to fall behind. Staring their first loss in the face, however, the Eagles got on the board with a run in the fourth and rallied for seven runs in the fifth punctuated by a go-ahead, two-run home run by sophomore Caitlyn Myers.

Broomfield's Caitlyn Myers looks a pitch ...
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Broomfield’s Caitlyn Myers, seen here in action earlier this week, had two hits including a home run as Broomfield beat Union (Okla.) on Thursday at Broomfield High School.

“When Caitlyn hit her home run, that’s when it got real,” Reichert said.

With a two-run lead and Reichert in what was determined to be the final half inning because of the tournament’s time limit, Union led off the inning with a walk and a double to get the tying runs on base with no outs. Reichert then struck out the next two batters and got a ground out to seal the victory.

“I kind of screwed up a little,” Reichert said. “But I just thought to myself, ‘Don’t let them score. Don’t let her hit a home run.’ I just tried to be smart about my pitches.”

Reichert was one of three Eagles to have multi-hit games, including Myers and junior Bryna Kapelke. The latter, who is the team’s starting center fielder, is batting over .700 with 19 RBIs and 15 extra-base hits including three home runs.

“That was kind of a roller coaster,” Eagles head coach Kale Gilmore said. “But good teams have to face those situations and we haven’t been in one yet. So to fall behind 5-0 against a good team like that gave us a chance to challenge our girls and see what they were made of. They passed the test.”

The Eagles played Oklahoma powerhouse Broken Arrow later in the day on Saturday to finish out their slate of games at the Tournament of Champions.

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Broomfield High School softball coach Kale Gilmore