The Eagles are Flying

Broomfield’s Baseball Team has Looked Beyond Impressive Thus Far Into the Season

Carson Orvis, Staff Leader - Sports

Going into this season, there was some uncertainty surrounding whether Broomfeield was built to defend its state baseball title.

With 15 seniors departing after last season, there are plenty of new faces on this team, and as a collective unit they have stepped up to the plate.

Through 14 games, the Eagles are 14-1 with their most recent win being a 2-1 battle against Loveland.

The Eagles kicked off their hot start with big wins over Valor Christian and ThunderRidge before heading out to San Diego.

Broomfield continued rolling during their California trip, going 4-0 including a blowout win over Mater Dei and a 17-15 win over Ramona in extra innings.

Up against teams from a state considered at the top of high school baseball, Broomfield proved it has the talent to compete with anyone, especially in Colorado.

Since returning to Colorado, the Eagles have remained the top ranked team in the state after picking up a gritty win against Fort Collins and run-ruling Fossil Ridge, Northglenn, and Prairie View.

Aside from the fluke-ish loss to Fairview on the road, the new-look Eagles have surprised everyone.

So many players have been contributing and thriving in their respective roles thus far.

At the plate, six players with 39 or more plate appearances have a batting average over .400.

That list includes seniors Noah Scott and Luke Blackmon; juniors Dane Most, Bailey Smith, and Brady Todd; and sophomore Tripp Bemis who leads the way with a .531 average.

On top of finding gaps at a high rate, Blackmon is getting guys across the plate, as he leads the team in home runs and RBIs.

Broomfield’s pitching has been another important ingredient to their early success.

To go along with his hot bat, Noah Scott has dominated as Broomfield’s ace and holds a 1.05 ERA.

Sophomores Ethan Zufall and Clayton Green have been the other two starting pitchers to step up, each having ERAs below 2.8.

Green showed out against Loveland Wednesday, getting a win in a game where the offense only produced two runs.

In the bullpen, Broomfield’s steady hand has been senior Jacob Rice.

Rice continuously catches opposing hitters off guard with his secondary pitches, and he has been a reliable arm for coach Gilmore to look to in times of trouble.

The new-look Eagles are only gaining chemistry as the games roll on, and if they continue to play the way they have been, there is no doubt that they will have a real shot to make another run come playoff time.

Broomfield’s next game comes Thursday against a .500 ball club in Poudre, and they will look to take care of the Impalas before facing their toughest opponent of the season, Rocky Mountain (2nd in state for 5A), on Saturday.