Before district play began July 13, the Broncos had a game against West Bend Mallard to work on any last-minute concerns heading into the play-offs.
The Broncos gave up a single run in first and shut out the Wolverines in the second. Cole Nelson hit a lead-off double in the opening inning, but was left stranded. A lead-off walk to Juan Gomez in the next inning allowed Gomez to score off a WBM error to tie the game.
The Wolverines added another run in the third before B-K answered in a big way. Easton Barrus crushed a solo homerun over the left field fence to tie up the game once again. Nelson followed with a single before Max Beminio doubled to score Nelson. Tucker Kroeze followed the pattern and took the pitch over the centerfield fence to push B-K ahead 5-2.
The Wolverines would not give up, adding two runs in the fourth, and one more in the fifth. Barrus hit a ball off the centerfield fence for a double to lead off the fourth and scored on a wild pitch. Kroeze hit a single, followed by Annika Nelson’s single that scored Kroeze. Nelson scored off a single by Brian Duran.
WBM had two more shots to come back, and collected another two runs in the sixth. But the Broncos still led 8-7 going into the bottom of the seventh inning and took the win to end the regular season.
The first round of district baseball for the Broncos was played July 13 against Newman, the top-ranked team in Class 1A and defending state champions.
Easton Barrus was walked to start the game, but he was thrown out the next pitch as he tried to steal second. Kroeze added a single to the inning but was left stranded.
Cole Nelson started on the mound for the Broncos. Newman scored six runs in the first inning before B-K would have a chance again to score. Caydon Christensen replaced Nelson and shut out the Knights in the second.
Barrus singled with two outs in the top of the third inning, but was left stranded. Newman added two runs in the third. Kroeze hit another single in the fourth, but was also left stranded as the Knights led 8-0.
Christensen led off the fifth with a single to centerfield before Barrus hit a homerun over the left center field fence. B-K made its mark on the score board, 8-2. The Knights answered back with two runs in the fifth, but remained scoreless in the next inning thanks to outstanding pitching by Christensen.
The Broncos had one last chance in the top of the seventh, but came up short, 10-2.