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Softball: Broomfield can’t escape upset-minded Cherokee Trail in 5A quarterfinals

Eagles fall 7-5 to end season

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    Broomfield High School junior Elizabeth Thorngren (4) throws the ball back into the infield during a game against Cherokee Trail on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in Broomfield, Colo.

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    Broomfield High School senior Hadlee Reichert (3) hits a pop fly during a game against Cherokee Trail on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in Broomfield, Colo.

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    Broomfield High School senior Bryna Kapelke (6) fields a hit by Cherokee Trail on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in Broomfield, Colo.

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    The Cherokee Trail Hgh School softball team celebrates after a win over Broomfield High School on the second day of a delayed overtime game on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in Broomfield, Colo.

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    The Broomfield High School softball team consoles one another after a 7-5 loss to Cherokee Trail in a delayed overtime game on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in Broomfield, Colo.

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    Broomfield High School senior Bryna Kapelke (6) and junior Izaballa Mikelson (2) console each other after a loss to Cherokee Trail on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in Broomfield, Colo.

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    The Broomfield High School softball team consoles one another after a 7-5 loss to Cherokee Trail in a delayed overtime game on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in Broomfield, Colo.

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After a ferocious comeback Thursday afternoon on their home field that enabled the Broomfield softball team to keep the season alive for at least one more day, Friday’s resumption of a suspended Class 5A quarterfinal game against Cherokee Trail didn’t go quite as planned.

The Cougars, seeded 10th in the 16-team bracket and who had already knocked off one higher-seeded team on the road, managed to score two runs in the top of the ninth and hold on for a 7-5 win, eliminating the Eagles (16-2) from championship contention.

The teams picked up play in the top of the ninth inning tied 5-5. Cherokee Trail’s top of the order was able to load the bases in the ninth, and the two needed runs came home on a pair of singles. Broomfield went down in order in the bottom of the ninth.