BROOMFIELD — The recruiting process has been dizzying this spring for Broomfield’s Cole LaCrue. A labor of visits and showcases to further elevate his stock as a collegiate quarterback prospect and find his next home on the gridiron, the time commitment can be a lot. Not that he’s complaining.
Thursday afternoon at the school’s baseball field, though, the sun was warm to the skin and the polestar of LaCrue’s athletic ambitions was fixed.
He had three hits and reached base in all four plate appearances to back a strong outing from starter Noah Scott. Gavin Speirs added a three-run home run and Broomfield beat Monarch 12-3 for its eighth win in nine games.
“I’m all over the place right now, but when you step on the diamond it’s laser focus,” said LaCrue, who already has an offer from Central Michigan and will hold his next QB workout at Broomfield at 7 a.m. May 19. “You can’t jack around, can’t talk about it, you just got to do your job and get to the next guy.”
LaCrue shrugged off his recent struggles at the plate, finishing the day 3-for-3 with an RBI and four runs scored. He helped fuel a four-run second inning, then added another hit to lead off Broomfield’s four-run fourth.
“He’s one of the best athletes in the school. He’s a Division-I quarterback and a really good baseball player, but baseball is a hard game, and it can be a humbling game,” Eagles coach Kale Gilmore said. “He’s pulled in a lot of different directions, and so he’s been putting a lot more time in the cage and practicing and just working hard. I’m really happy for him today that his work paid off.”
Scott earned his third win of the season, allowing three runs (one earned) while striking out seven over five solid innings. Gunnar Pike and Jacob Rice combined to throw two scoreless frames in relief.
The Eagles opened the scoring in the second, plating four runs with two outs. Dylan Harris and LaCrue each singled to drive in a run, and LaCrue later scored on a dropped third strike that was thrown over the first baseman’s head. Jackson Bahl then scored on a passed ball.
Speirs’ fifth home run of the season gave him four RBIs on the day, making it 9-1 in the fourth. Camden Ross, who led Class 5A with a .661 batting average coming into the day, was hit by a pitch to add another run in the fifth. Hayden McMurtry doubled in a pair in the sixth.
With the 12 runs put up, the Eagles reached double figures on the scoreboard for the seventh time this season.
Even more importantly, it followed Broomfield’s 5-2 win over previously undefeated Legacy on Tuesday and kept it right in the thick of the 5A Front Range League race. The Eagles (13-8, 9-2) are just a half game behind the Lightning (17-1, 10-1) for the lead.
“Right now, we’re hitting our stride and I think the best is to come,” Speirs said. “We got a lot of dudes on this team.”
Christian Mittleman finished with three hits for Monarch (7-13, 2-9), while Chase Cowan drove in two runs. Starter George Albrecht lasted 3 2/3 innings, giving up eight runs (six earned) while striking out three.
Broomfield dipped inside the top 20 in the 5A RPI standings with the win, less than two weeks to go in the regular season. It hosts Windsor Monday.
Monarch, 40th in RPI, is at home against Silver Creek Tuesday.