Run it Back

With First Pitch Just Hours Away, Broomfield Baseball Looks to Win a Second Consecutive State Championship


Carson Orvis, Editor-in-Chief

Just one year removed from beating their arch-rival Legacy Lightning in the state Championship, Broomfield baseball looks reloaded and ready to make another run.

Coming into the season, multiple members of the program had their fingerprints on last year’s glory, but many important pieces to last year’s team graduated from Broomfield in 2022.

The Eagles lost 15 senior baseball players after last season, including the likes of conference player of the year Camden Ross and conference pitcher of the year Garrett Klein.

Broomfield will miss the class of ‘22 this year, but the young players in the program have what it takes to step up.

The returning members of last season’s varsity team include seniors Noah Scott, Luke Blackmon, and Jacob Rice along with juniors Dane Most and Bailey Smith.

These players all know what it’s like to make a run to the end and will undoubtedly step up in mentoring the young players.

Clayton Green, Brendan Fritch, Caden Williamson, and others are the young guys who spent last season on JV, but are going to have to be difference makers in just their sophomore seasons, and they have the talent to do so.

Another key variable that remains the same from last year is the man in charge.

Kale Gilmore now heads into his second season as Broomfield’s Head Baseball Coach after an incredible turnaround.

Gilmore’s leadership and the way he runs the program have brought a new sense of intensity and passion to Broomfield baseball that the players have embodied.

As for the 2023 roster, it is built differently than a season ago.

Last year, the Eagles were viewed as a team with elite hitting, but with a little bit of a thin pitching rotation.

This year, however, the pitching is viewed as the strong suit for Broomfield and the hitting in a slight uncertainty.

On the mound, Clayton Green, Ethan Zufall, and Maverick Scarpella are just a few guys that will add depth and ability to this year’s rotation. Zufall’s velocity along with Green and Scarpella’s offspeed pitches are great compliments to Scott and Rice.

Andrew Dalconzo as a senior is another newcomer who will look to make contributions to Broomfield’s pitching.

As for the other side of the ball, the bats for Broomfield aren’t below average by any means, there’s just more uncertainty about what the lineup will look like as opposed to 2022.

Broomfield’s offense will miss having the best hitter in the state, Camden Ross, and other impact players such as Gavin Spears and Ryan Anderson, but the Eagles have the players to fill those roles.

Luke Blackmon and Bailey Smith are two guys who will see more at bats this season and have huge potential to have big seasons. Dylan Oelker and Michael Cannata are other seniors who could shock people in this first opportunity as a varsity player.

Sophomores Brendan Fritch and Caden Williamson will also bring high level hitting and speed to Coach Gilmore’s lineup.

Noah Scott and Dane Most will undoubtedly have another great year at the plate, and if some guys can step up around them, the Eagles are a complete team that can win a lot of games late in the season.

The Eagles will begin the season at home against Silver Creek on Thursday, March 9 as they start their march toward back-to-back state championships.