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Caps Come Up Short
Broughton lost 3-1 to a tough Heritage team in a game where pitching dominated the night for both teams. The Caps took a 1-0 lead in the third when Dom Ford (Sr.) reached on an error, John Woods (Sr.) singled and Will Baldwin (Jr.) walked to load the bases. Ford was able to score on a RBI fielder’s choice by Noah Yarborough (Sr.). The Huskies tied the score at 1 in the bottom of the 3rd and took a 3-1 lead in the 4th. Relief pitcher Baldwin took the mound in the 4th with Huskies on 1st and 2nd. One pitch and a nice 6-4-3 double play by Ford and Kyle Ehlers (Fr.) got the Caps out of the inning. Cam Epperson had a nice double in the 6th. Broughton left 7 runners on base. Highlights: solid pitching from Epperson to open the game and great effort and sportsmanship by all players.
Just two weeks ago the Caps sat in last place in a tough baseball conference. After a strong finish, winning three of the last four, the Caps were able to climb to 5th place.
Final 2015 Record 4-17 Conf (4-10)
Caps Win Streak at Three
Broughton easily defeated Enloe 20-6 on Senior Day when the Caps honored three – Dom Ford, John Woods and Noah Yarborough. The Eagles had three singles and took advantage of several Broughton errors to score 5 runs in their first a bat. Broughton answered by scoring 6 in the bottom of the first. John Woods walked to set the Broughton career record and reached third on a double by Will Baldwin (Jr.). Yarborough smoked a ball off the third baseman’s glove to score pinch runner Warren Grady (Soph.) and Baldwin. Yarborough then scored on an error, Elias Kuhns (Soph.) walked and Mathis Dean (Fr.) was hit by a pitch, left fielder Dylan Lamm (Jr.) delivered a RBI single to score Kuhns, Will Collins (Jr.) walked and Ford’s single knocked in Dean and Lamm for a 6-5 Caps’ lead. Enloe tied the score in the top of the 3rd.
Dean lead off the 3rd with a double and Lamm a nice bunt hit. Both would later score. With the bases loaded, Baldwin was HBP scoring Collins, Yarborough was interfered with by the catcher to score Grady, who was running for Woods, then Cam Epperson (Jr.) delivered a bases clearing three RBI triple down the right field line to make it 12-6. Kuhns continued swinging his hot bat and singled to score Epperson then Lamm collected his third hit of the game by doubling in Kuhns to make it 14-6. In the 4th: Ford singled and stole second, Woods had a RBI single, Baldwin was HBP again, Epperson singled to load the bases, Kuhns delivered again with a two RBI double, Sam Thompson (Jr.) walked to load the bases, Epperson scored on a wild pitch, George House (Jr.) had a nice RBI single, Eli DeJesus walked, and Ford knocked in Thompson to score the final run. Highlights: all 16 Caps saw the field, Lamm had 3 hits, Kuhns and Epperson 3 RBI’s each, Woods walked 3 times to become the career walk leader and Epperson had a crowd-pleasing slide into third. Another highlight had to be the bench-clearing welcome to greet House after his hit. A great day to be able to honor the seniors – Dom, John and Noah, with a VICTORY!
Next game: Thursday, May 7th @ Heritage @ 7:00.
Record 4-16 Conf (4-9)
Caps defeat Wolverines 11-3
Strong pitching, solid defense and timely hitting make for a Caps victory over Wakefield. Noah Yarborough (Sr.) pitched six strong innings scattering 7 hits, and Will Baldwin (Jr.) pitched a scoreless 7th inning. Wakefield scored two in the top of the 1st and Broughton sent 11 batters to the plate and scored 5 runs in the bottom. Dom Ford (Sr.) and John Woods (Sr.) both walked. Baldwin followed with a single to load the bases then Yarborough delivered with a single driving in Ford and pinch runner Warren Grady (Soph.) to tie the game. Baldwin scored on a bases loaded walk, followed by pinch runner Jacob McCaslin who scored on a RBI sacrifice fly by Dylan Lamm (Jr.), and Cam Epperson (Jr.) scored the 5th run as Ford walked for the second time in the inning.
In the second inning, Baldwin scored after a Yarborough sacrifice bunt and two wild pitches, Epperson had a stolen base, Mathis Dean (Fr.) singled, and Epperson scored on a pass ball to make it 7-2 Caps. Then a baseball rarity occurred – the Wakefield pitcher went to the wind up and Elias Kuhns (Soph.) stole home on a bang-bang play. 8-2 Caps. In the bottom of the 3rd, Woods singled, Yarborough and Epperson walked, then Kuhns delivered a deep 2 RBI double scoring pinch runners Grady and McCaslin for the second time each. 10-2 Caps. Then you knew it was Broughton’s day. The newly dedicated backstop delivered the assist a fortuitous bounce right back to catcher Woods stopped a Wolverine score. The Caps final run came in the 5th when Ford scored on another RBI single by Woods.
Next game: Tuesday, May 5th, 4:30 @ Broughton vs. Enloe.
Record 3-16 Conf (3-9)
Caps Defeat Cougars
Solid pitching and strong defense paved the way for a 7-5 Broughton victory over Wake Forest. The Caps took a 2-0 lead in the first on doubles by Dom Ford (Sr.) and Elias Kuhns (Soph.). Pinch runner Warren Grady (Soph.) scored the first run and Kuhns collected a RBI as Noah Yarborough (Sr.) scored. The Cougars tied the game in the second. In the 3rd, John Woods (Sr.) reached on an error and pinch runner Grady scored his second run of the day to make it 3-2 Caps. In the bottom of the 4th, Kuhns scored on a RBI double by first-baseman Mathis Dean (Fr.), Dean came around to score on a RBI single by second baseman Will Collins (Jr.) to make it 5-2. Woods followed with a single to knock in Ford; Yarborough singled to load the bases and third baseman Cam Epperson (Jr.) walked to bring home a run making it 7-2 Caps. After a solo shot by a Cougar, the Caps missed a scoring opportunity by leaving the bases loaded in the 5th. In the last inning, Wake Forest was able to string together several hits to plate two runs before Broughton made the final out for a 7-5 victory. Interesting fact: 4 Caps were hit by pitches. Kuhns led the offense with two hits. Collins, Dean, Epperson, Ford, Woods and Yarborough each had a hit. Highlights: complete game 6-hitter by Thomas Walden (Jr.), nice catch behind the plate by catcher Woods and great and timely diving catch by left fielder Dylan Lamm in the 7th.
Next game: Friday, May 1st, 4:30 @ Broughton vs. Wakefield.
Record 2-16 Conf (2-9)