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Congratulations to
Brandon Saunders,
the 2011 Trey Cheek Memorial Scholarship Winner

The scholarship committee wants to congratulate Brandon Saunders as this year’s winner.  Brandon is an exceptional young man on and off the field.  A great student with a deep level of dedication.  A man of confidence who is possessed of good morals and a high sense of personal responsibility.  An accomplished athlete, Brandon was honored as this years MVP.  Brandon will attend NC State next year, we wish him well.

The committee would also like to congratulate the four winners of the encouragement scholarship.  Each one of these men has a very bright future.

Payne Eller- East Carolina University
Tanner Parker- Caldwell Community College
Kevin Partin- Wake Tech Community College
David Wyche- NC State University

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CAPS Season ends with 12-3 loss to E. Chapel Hill HS in first round Of State Playoffs

The #3 Cap 8 seed Caps Baseball Team hosted the Pac 6 #3 seed E. Chapel Hill HS in the opening round of the State 4A East Playoffs and for six innings looked like they were up to the task poised to make it to the second round. The rain and E.CH.HS had something to say about that with E.CH. HS coming out in the 7th after a long rain delay putting 10 spots on the board taking the wind out of the Caps sails. E.CH.HS advances on to the second round with a 12-3 win to play Tri-9 #2 seed Athens Drive.

Starting Pitcher Sr. Brandon Saunders held the strong hitting E.CH.HS team scoreless the first 5 innings with solid pitching and excellent error free defensive effort backing him up. The Caps bats came out swinging with So. Wilson White starting things off in the 1st with a single and scored on Sr. Saunders RBI double, his first of 3 RBI’s on the day. The Caps load the bases on two consecutive walks only to see the threat end on a 3rd out pop out to first base. Scoreless in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th innings, the Caps score 2 more in the bottom of the 5th inning. Jr. Will Cooper reached first on a single and scored on Sr. Brandon Saunders’s 2nd and 3rd RBI’s off a 2 run home run to deep left center field. In the top of the 6th, E.CH.HS scored their first runs of the day with 2 runs off Saunders with three consecutive hits, who had given up only three prior hits in the first 5 innings. Sr. Saunders settled back in and got the remaining three outs on a fly ball, a pickoff and a big strikeout for the 3rd out stranding a runner at third.  Up 3-2 after 6, the game was temporarily suspended due to rain and lightening. After a long break, the skies finally cleared and the sun came out deciding to shine on E.CH.HS vs. Broughton. Due to a long delay and a cooling arm, So. Joe Bialkowski, took the mound to preserve the lead relieving Sr. Saunders who left the game surrendering only two runs off 6 hits, with 3 walks, 1 HB and 3 strikeouts. The first E.CH.HS batter reached first base on a no man’s land pop up single in short right field that proved to be the beginning of the end for the Caps. With 2 consecutive walks, a single, one strikeout and 2 more walks, losing Pitcher Bialkowski was credited with 6 runs and relieved by Sr. Pierce Jensen. Sr. Jensen picked up outs 2 and 3 but not before surrendering 4 more runs off 3 hits, including a three run HR, one strikeout and no walks. The Caps mounted a threat in the bottom of the 7th refusing to die, loading the bases with one out, before E.CH.HS rolled up a game ending 6-4-3 double play.

This team accomplished a lot and exceeded expectations finishing third in the Cap 8 and battled for first place all year, almost obtaining their preseason goal. A few breaks, and one or two more defensive stops and hits were all that separated this team from realizing their dreams. Congratulations Caps on a GREAT SEASON and good luck for next year.

Broughton leading hitters – Brandon Saunders 2-4 (HR, 2B, 1 run, 3 RBI’s); Wilson White 2-3 ( 2-1B’s, 1 run); Payne Eller 2-3 (2-1B’s); Will Cooper 1-4 (1B, 1 run); Tanner Parker 1-3 (1B); Joe Bialkowski 1-4 (2B); Max Magallanes 1-3 (1B)

Final  Record
Conference (9-5) Overall (12-12)

The Caps play East Chapel Hill today at 4:30 at Wiley Warren Field.

Tournament Bracket and results

Caps Drop Final Game 8-3 to Sanderson

With the # three seed home playoff spot secured, the Caps come out flat and could not turn it around before losing to a Sanderson Team who played a flawless game trying to earn a playoff wild card spot. Losing pitcher, So. Wilson White went 3 innings to collect the loss. Caps pick up 1 of the 2 possible runs in the top of the first but Sanderson explodes out the gate with a lead off home run by Jr. Daniel Adams and finish with two more runs to go up 3-1 after one. Sanderson picks up their 4th run in the third to go up 4-1. The Caps pulled to within 1 in the 4th but Sanderson answered with two more of it’s own off reliever Sr. Pierce Jensen. The caps bats are held in check the rest of the way with Sanderson adding two more in the 5th to close it out 8-3. What a difference this game could have been if we were anywhere other than Sanderson, as Sanderson was able to corral 3 shots to the wall!

Caps scored 3 runs on 6 hits and had 4 errors.
Sanderson finished with 8 runs on 6 hits with 2 errors.

Final Regular Season Record
Conference (9-5) Overall (12-11)

Caps Drop Senior Day Vs. Wakefield 8-6

Cap’s recognized 8 seniors Friday on Senior Day against rival conference leaders Wakefield. Seniors Josh Clark, Payne Eller, Charlie Goode, Pierce Jensen, Tanner Parker, Kevin Partin, Brandon Saunders and David Wyche started and finished the game determined to get it done and for the first 3 innings did not disappoint. Losing pitcher, Sr. Brandon Saunders, pitched his 4th complete game of the season but gave up a solo HR in the second to fall down 1-0. The Caps push a run across in the bottom of the second to tie it up. The Caps rough up Wakefield ace, Ravi Patel, for 5 runs in the bottom of the third to take a 6-1 lead after 3. Wakefield answered for 4 runs in the top of the 4th to make a game of it. The Caps get the first batter on base in the bottom of the 4th and Wakefield called on Evan Brabrand to replace Patel on the mound who promptly shut down the Caps the rest of the game. Saunders comes back strong in the 5th holding the wolverines scoreless but the Caps surrender 2 in the 6th and 1 in the 7th to lose the game.

Caps scored 6 runs on 4 hits with 2 errors.
Wakefield finished with 8 runs on 7 hits with 3 errors.

Special thanks to the senior’s for their significant contributions to Capitals Baseball and we wish them well in their future endeavors


Caps start the final week of the regular season with another conference win over Heritage

The Caps returned home Tuesday to take on a visiting Heritage Team that has challenged opponents all year long and today’s game proved no different. Caps get their runs early with one run in the first and second and then rode the arms of winning starting pitcher So. Wilson White (5-1) and Sr. reliever Pierce Jensen along with error free defense to take the win. Sr. Josh Clark got it going in the first staying hot at the plate with a single and scored on Jr. Will Cooper’s RBI single. The Caps pick up a second run in the second inning with Sr. Tanner Parker getting the job done all by himself leading things off with a single, steeling second base and scoring on two passed balls. The bats cool down as the Caps go scoreless the rest of the way.

So. Wilson White and Sr. Pierce Jensen, only needed the one run in the first to secure the win as the pitching duo combined to hold Heritage scoreless. So. Wilson White went 5 2/3 innings in his start surrendering just 5 hits with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts for another excellent outing. Sr. Pierce Jensen came in the 6th with two outs and got the third out of the inning on a first pitch fly ball. Sr. Jensen answered the bell in the 7th and did what he has done all year in relief and shut down the Heritage last at bat allowing no runs on no hits with 1 walk and a strikeout to end the game.

Broughton leading hitters – Josh Clark 1-2 (1B, 1 Run); Max Magallanes 1-2 (1B); Will Cooper 1-3 (2B; 1 RBI); Brandon Saunders 1-3 (2B); Tanner Parker 1-2 (1B, 1 Run).

The Caps next game is home this Friday, May 6th at 4 pm against Wakefield in a big game that could tie things back up at the top of the conference standings. See you there

Conference Record 9-3   Overall Record 12-9

CAPS finish the week strong with another conference win, handing Enloe a 5-2 loss and hanging tight to 2nd place and a shot at 1st place

The Caps went back on the road Friday after a long night Thursday to N. Davidson and get the job done behind solid performances by starting pitcher Sr. Brandon Saunders (5-1) who picked up his 5th win of the season and lefty So. Joe Bialkowski who came in relief in the sixth to pick up his 4th save of the year. The caps jump out quick scoring 2 runs in the first with So. Joe Biakowski leading things off with a double and was moved over to third on So. Wilson White’s fly ball to center field. Jr. Will Cooper picks up Bialkowski on an RBI single. Running for Cooper, Jr. Will Barfield steels second and is moved over on Sr. Brandon Saunders single and Barfield scored on a double steal with pitch running Jr. Ziquine Hopkins taking second. Sr. Saunders took care of the first two batters in the 1st but left an 0-2 fastball up surrendering a solo HR over the center field fence to the number three hitter. That would be all the runs scored off Saunders as he shook off the mistake and settled into a rhythm holding Enloe to just three hits, 6 strikeouts and 1 walk over 5 innings of work. The Caps add three more in the second to take a 5-1 lead. Sr. Kevin Partin led off with a single and was moved over by a well executed sacrifice bunt by So. Max Magallanes. So. Joe Biakowski picked up his second hit of the day moving over Partin and stole second allowing Partin to score on the throw thru. So. Wilson White moves over Bialkowski with a single and steals second opening up first base to walk Jr. Cooper to load the bases. Sr. Brandon Saunders stroked a full count fast ball that was tracking for a grand slam but was caught at the center field fence scoring two with a sacrifice fly. Enloe’s Andrew Dorey, for a second time this year settles in and shuts down the Capitals bats the rest of the way with a good combination of off speed pitches. The 5 runs proved all that the Caps needed to win however as So. Joe Bialkowski continued his impressive cleanup duties holding Enloe to just one run over the last two innings on just two hits, one a solo HR to center fielder Kendell White, gave up 0 walks and 3 strikeouts. The Caps pitching combined for an impressive 9 strikeouts with just 1 walk while giving up only 5 hits.

Broughton leading hitters – J. Bialkowski 2-4 (2B, 1B, 2 Runs); Wilson White 1-3 (1B, 1 Run); Will Cooper 1-3 (1B, 1 Run, 1 RBI); Brandon Saunders 1-3 (1B, 2 RBI’s); Kevin Partin 1-3 (1B, 1 run); Max Magellanes 1-2 (1B).

Conference Record 8-3   Overall Record 11-9

The Caps next game is a home contest Tuesday, May 3rd, 4pm against Heritage.

CAPS drop a non-conference game to N. Davidson 11-3

The Caps don’t get a win but gain valuable experience making a long road trip and playing before a great crowd against a top tournament team in N. Davidson. Both teams shut each other down in the first inning but the caps woes against non conference foes rears its ugly head again in the second surrendering too many walks followed by untimely extra base hits leading to an early 6 run deficit proving to be too large to overcome. Losing pitcher Sr. Charlie Goode surrendered 6 runs in the 2nd off 3 hits and 3 walks including a grand slam home run by the UNC Asheville bound N. Davidson center fielder, Cody Adkins, before giving way to Sr. Payne Eller who got the next two outs to in the inning. The Caps followed a scoreless 2nd with a scoreless 3rd .  Sr. Payne Eller kept the N. Davidson bats at bay surrendering only one in the 3rd . The Caps get on the scoreboard with a run in the 4th with a lead off single by Sr. Brandon Saunders who went to second on a past ball and moved over to third on an Eller Sac Fly. Sr. Tanner Parker picked up his second hit of the night scoring Saunders with a RBI double. N. Davidson heats back scoring 3 more runs in the 4th with 4 consecutive hits off Sr. Eller including a 2 run HR to left center field. Sr. Eller’s 2 1/3 innings of work included 4 runs, 6 hits, 4 walks and 3 strikeouts. The Caps pick up 2 more runs in the 5th but strands 3 to kill the momentum. Sr. Kevin Partin reached base on a catcher’s interference and moves over So. Joe Bialkowski’s shot to second base that was not fielded. With runners on 1st and 2nd , Pitcher Sr. Pierce Jensen who entered the game for Eller, picked up a RBI single scoring Partin. Jr. Will Cooper reached first base on a walk and Sr. Saunders scored Bialkowski on a shot to the short stop who couldn’t make the play. Jr. Will Barfield then reached first on a FC bunt that N. Davidson failed to convert loading the bases with two. The threat was ended on a full count strikeout for the third out. Sr. Pierce Jensen in relief of Eller surrendered a lead off solo shot to Adkins, his second HR of the night but did what he has done all year and shut them down the rest of the inning limiting N. Davidson to 1 additional run in the 5th. The Caps go scoreless in the 6th and 7th with Sr. Josh Clark doing the same to N. Davidson in the bottom of 6th allowing no runs on 1 hit, 1 strikeout and 1 base on balls.

Broughton leading hitters – Tanner Parker 2-3 (1B, 2B, 1RBI); Pierce Jensen 1-1 (1B, 1 RBI); Brandon Saunders 1-3 (1B, 1 run, 1 RBI); Joe Bialkowski 1-4 (1B, 1 run); Will Cooper 1-2 (1B); Josh Clark 1-3 (1B)