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The Broncos started conference play with a bang, taking 2 games from interstate rival Idaho State. Nick Patla pitched 5 innings against a very tough hitting Bengal team, leaving the contest in the 5th with a 11-3 lead. Christian Bautista followed up 2 innings of relief pitching in the 11-6 win. Taylor Archuleta lead the charge on offense going 3-4 with 3 RBI`s and Joel Perry piled on with a 2-4 game and 3 RBI`s. Game 2 was much the same, with Kjell Holmes throwing a complete game from the bump. KJ only used 69 pitches to mow down the Bengals in the 7 inning contest. Ryan Sheridan, Curtis (Dad) Davidson and Scott Lyness all had 2 hits to lead the Broncos, but every hitter in the line-up recorded a hit in the 10-3 victory. Game 3 on Sunday was a reversal for the teams as ISU used a good 7 inning outing from their starting pitcher and timely team hits for the 10-2 win.
The Broncos started their 2016 campaign with a bang, Nick Patla threw a complete 7 inning NO HIT ball game against a Wyoming team that was getting preseason votes for the top 20 rankings. He was a walk in the first inning and a hit batsman in the third away from a perfect game, not another Cowboy touched the bags after the third inning. The Broncos defense was outstanding as Catcher Angelo Romeo threw the base runner out trying to steal second and Ryan Sheridan, Alec Wilson and Scott Lyness teamed up for a snappy 5-4-3 double play in the third. After that Nick settled in and struck out 9 batters to finish off the Cowboys. BSU scraped out 3 runs to back up Nick. Game 2 against another team getting preseason votes was a gem to watch, but the Broncos came up short against the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks in a 3-2 game. Kjell Holmes pitch a great game against a team who had 10 run the two previous teams they had played in the tournament. K.J. only allowed 4 hits against a tough group of hitters. We just couldn`t get that key hit we needed to win the game several times. Game 3, again against a team receiving pre-season votes was a different story this time as Ryan Sheridian started from the bump holding Santa Barbara to 2 runs, on 2 hits in 5 plus innings as the Broncos pounded out 7 runs of support. Richard Hoppe, Alec Wilson, Angelo Romeo and Nick Patla each had 2 hits to lead the charge in the 7-5 victory. Game 4 had everything in it, big start for the Broncos, rally by Denver to take the lead and then it was time for the Broncos to unlease the bats, and boy they did, 13 hits in a exciting 11-7 win. Cooper Thomas lead the offense with a 3-3 game, 4 runs and 3 stolen bases! Richard Hoppe, Alec Wilson, Angelo Romeo and Curtis (DAD) Davidson each had two hits. Broncos were a little sloppy behind their starter Christian Bautista, but he kept battling and throwing ground balls to keep Denver off balance though 4 plus innings. Then Kjell Holmes came in and totally shut them down, striking out 8 of the 11 guys he faced to slam the door shut! Great Weekend of Bronco Baseball and a special shout out to all the Fans and Parents who traveled in support!
The Broncos donated their time and energy today to help the local food bank sort food. 15 members of the team took a couple hours out of their busy schedule to help out in the community. The staff said it would have taken their small crew 8 -9 hours to complete the task. Since the guys did such a nice job so quickly, we all decided to do it again next week with another big task to help food bank out. Great Job guys!
Boise State took game 1 by the score of 9-5 in a 9 inning game. Tyson Dellasilva pitched a complete game only needing 112 pitches to finish off ISU, striking out 7 and stranding 8 runners. Broncos bats came alive banging out 14 hits with Tyson leading the charge with a 4-6 game and Charles Bertolli chipping in 2 key hits. Game two was another pitching dual with Nick Patla losing a heart wrenching 1-3 game that should have been won with the performance Nick gave, only throwing 60 pitches and spreading out 5 hits. Game three was just the opposite as the Broncos exploded for 15 hits in a complete 16-5 beat down of the talented Bengals. Kjell Holmes pitched a complete game, spreading 7 hits and getting the big outs in key situations. Taylor Archuletta went 3-4 from the plate, Cooper Thomas was 3-5, Seth Osgood was 2-3, Charles Bertolli was 2-4, Tyson Dellasilva was 3-5. Several Broncos had a huge weekend with the bats, but none larger than Tysons 7-13 performance, Cooper 6-13, Taylor 5-11, Charles 4-8 and Rylan Kobre 4-9.
The Broncos had a strong showing over the weekend in their series against Blue Mountain C.C. varsity team. Just goes to show how far club baseball has come in the past couple years when we can not only compete but win against scholarship players. Game one was a 9-8 victory with Nick Palta starting on the bump and going 5 innings and spreading out 6 hits, Kjell Holmes then came in and finish it off with 4 innings of 4 hit ball. Blue Mtn. couldn`t keep the top of the Bronco order off the bags! Cooper Thomas, Rich Hoppe and Tyson Dellasilva were on 15-18 at bats, scored 5 runs and had 9 hits. Game two was a pitching dual with Tyson Dellasilva going toe to toe with their best pitchers. The Broncos had more hits, fewer errors and generally out played the other team everywhere but on the scoreboard, we just didn`t get that key hit in a tough, well played 1-4 loss. Game three was also very well played by the Broncos as Marcus Brother took a 3-2 lead into the 6th inning, our exhausted 5 man pitching staff just couldn`t hold against a roster with 15+ pitchers. Still we out hit the other team, committed fewer errors and hustled to the end in a 4-7 loss. Blue Mountains coach after the game expressed his and his teams new earned respect for our club.