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Caps Fall to Spartans
Broughton loses to rival Sanderson, 11-3, on a sunny afternoon in North Raleigh. Warren Grady (Jr. CF) and Kyle Ehlers (Soph. 3B) both singled in the 1st but were left stranded. Sanderson was able to score a run in the bottom of the 1st off starting pitcher Will Baldwin. A fielding error allowed the Spartans to tack on another run in the 2nd. Baldwin led off the 3rd with a single to center and Grady doubled down the left field line to put runners on second and third. Matthis Dean (Soph. 1B) was able to hit a ground ball to the right side of the infield scoring Baldwin for the Caps first run. Ehlers followed with a sacrifice fly scoring Grady and tying the score at 2.
Shaky defense in the 3rd allowed the Spartans to pull ahead 5-2, even though the Caps had out hit the Spartans 4-2 at this point. In the 4th, Thomas Walden (Sr. RF) walked and Jacob McCaslin (DH) followed with a single, but the Caps were not able to take advantage. Grady came on to pitch the 4th and McCaslin pitched the 5th and 6th. In the Broughton half of the 6th, Walden walked, McCaslin was hit by a pitch, and Robert Ramseur (Fr. C) reached on an error allowing Walden to score making it 11-3. Whitty Williams (Jr. CF) hustled out an infield hit in the 7th.
Defensive highlight: Drew Wilson (Jr.) made a nice catch in left field on a sinking line drive, saving a run.
The Caps will have a week off to regroup before getting ready for three games in three days at the annual Bobby Murray Invitational.
Next game: Thursday, March 31st , Bobby Murray Invitational @ Millbrook vs. Southwest Guilford @ 7:00.
Record – Overall (4-6) Conference (0-4)
Wildcats Top Caps
Millbrook was able to get a key conference win, 4-2, in a matchup of two of the conference’s top pitchers. Broughton starter Thomas Walden (Sr.) pitched a nice complete game scattering eight hits but the Wildcats were able to keep the Caps at arm’s length.
After Millbrook scored an unearned run in the first, the Caps had runners on first and second in the 2nd but could not manage to score. Eli DeJesus (Sr. 2B) had a sharp double to left center and Walden walked. In the Broughton 3rd, Will Baldwin (Sr. SS) lead off with a line drive single to center, stole second, Mathias Dean (Soph. 1B) walked and both runners advanced on a wild pitch. That put Caps at 2nd and 3rd with one out. Unfortunately, Broughton was unable to score. Millbrook scored 2 in the 4th and added a run in the 5th. Warren Grady (Jr. CF) had a hard hit single in the Broughton half of the 5th but was left stranded.
In the Caps 6th, Dylan Lamm started things off with a walk, DeJesus reached base and both runners advanced to 2nd and 3rd on a throwing error. Walden followed with a 2 RBI single down the right field line scoring Lamm and DeJesus making the score 4-2. That would end up being the final as Broughton was unable to get anything going in its final at bat.
Next game: Tuesday, March 22nd @ Sanderson @ 4:30.
Record – Overall (4-5) Conference (0-3)
Green Hope Defeats Broughton
Broughton could not get the offense going and allowed one big inning in losing to the Green Hope Falcons 7-1.
Jared Cross (Jr.) started on the mound and pitched two solid innings as did fellow junior Whitty Williams. The two combined to allow only 1 run off 3 hits. The Caps missed a scoring opportunity in the 3rd when Will Baldwin (Sr. SS) was hit by a pitch, Warren Grady (Jr. CF) walked and Mathis Dean (Soph. 1B) reached on an error to load the bases. Unfortunately, the Caps were not able to take advantage of the Falcon’s miscues. Green Hope sent 11 batters to the plate in the 5th, scoring 6 runs to break the game open.
In the Broughton 6th, Grady walked and made it to third on a couple of wild pitches. Kyle Ehlers (Soph. DH) walked and stole second with Grady scoring the Caps only run when the throw made it to the outfield grass. Dylan Lamm (Sr. LF) followed with a sharp single to left but both runners were left stranded.
William Gilchrist (Jr.) Eli DeJesus (Sr.), Ehlers (Soph.) and Grady (Jr.) also saw time on the mound.
Interesting stat: Warren Grady walked in each of his three at-bats; George House (Sr. C) had a productive ten-pitch at bat.
Defensive highlights: two nice double plays, 6-4-3 (Baldwin-DeJesus-Dean) and a rare 1st to 2nd and back to 1st (Dean-Baldwin-Dean).
Next game: Friday, March 18th @ Broughton vs Millbrook @ 4:30.
Record – Overall (4-4) Conference (0-2)
Leesville Defeats Broughton
The score was tied 2-2 going into the final inning but the Caps came up short, losing a hard-fought game to the Pride, 4-2. It turned out to be a great pitcher’s duel. Broughton starter, Will Baldwin (Sr.), pitched a nice game, giving up two hits in 5 2/3 innings while striking out 7.
The Caps got on the board first. Dylan Lamm (Sr. LF) started the second with a solid single to left. Thomas Walden (Sr. RF) singled and runners advanced to 2nd and 3rd on a throwing error. Penn Sealey (Fr. 3B) knocked in the run with a sacrifice bunt scoring Lamm. In the 3rd, Baldwin beat the throw for an infield single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Warren Grady (Jr. CF), and advance to third on a fly out but was left stranded. Broughton tied the score at 2 in the 6th as Mathis Dean (Soph. 1B) singled, Kyle Ehlers (Soph. SS) singled, and Dean scored as Lamm reached on an error. In its final at bat, Leesville scored 2 with 2 outs.
The Caps out-hit The Pride 7-3. Matthis Dean (Soph/1B) lead the team with a single and a double, Baldwin Ehlers, Lamm, Walden and Robert Ramseur (Fr. C) each collected a hit.
Defensive highlight: a double play where Walden caught a line drive in right and had a strong throw to 1st doubling up the runner.
Memorable moments: Freshman Catcher Robert Ramseur had his first hit as a high schooler and freshman Penn Sealey got his first career start at 3rd.
Next game: Wednesday, March 16th @ Green Hope @ 4:30.
Record – Overall (4-3) Conference (0-2)
Cougars Blank Caps
Not a good day for Broughton on a beautiful day at Wiley Warren Field as the Caps hosted Wake Forest in the conference opener for both teams. Wake Forest jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first on two hits and a couple of errors and did not look back as the Caps were shutout 10-0.
Warren Grady (Jr. CF) continued to swing a hot bat as he went 2-2. Dylan Lamm also collected an infield single as the Caps could not get the offense cranked up.
Next game: Tuesday, March 15th @ Leesville @ 4:30.
Record – Overall (4-2) Conference (0-1)
Big Rally Lifts Caps Past Knightdale
A great team win. Broughton rallied for a wild 15-12 victory after falling behind 7-0 in the 1st inning and scoring nine in the 7th. This marks back to back games where the Caps pulled it out in its final at bat.
Cam Epperson (Sr.) stopped the bleeding and did a nice job in relief by shutting down the Knightdale bats for two plus innings. In the Caps 3rd, Will Baldwin (Sr. SS) got things going with a hard single to left, followed by another hard single by Warren Grady (Jr. CF), Kyle Ehlers (Soph. 3B) walked to load the bases, Epperson walked scoring Baldwin, Mathis Dean (Soph. 1B) had an RBI infield single scoring Grady, Dylan Lamm’s (Sr. LF) RBI ground out scored Ehlers, and pinch runner Will Gilchrist (Jr.) tagged up and scored on an RBI sacrifice fly by Thomas Walden (Sr. RF) pulling the Caps to within 3.
In the Broughton 4th, Baldwin walked, stole second, and scored on Grady’s RBI double, Ehlers was hit by a pitch, Epperson singled for the second time to load the bases, Grady scored on a throwing error to bring the Caps to within one. Eli DeJesus (Sr.) came on to pitch in the 4th and held the Knights scoreless. Broughton loaded the bases in the 5th as DeJesus walked, Penn Sealey (Fr. C) singled and Grady walked but all three runners were left stranded. Knightdale managed to score 4 in the 5th to make it 11-6 after 5 innings.
The Caps missed on another scoring opportunity by leaving the bases loaded in the 6th (Dean walked, Lamm singled and Walden walked). Whitty Williams (Jr. P) came on to pitch the 6th and set the Knights down in order on just eight pitches.
Broughton entered the 7th trailing 11-6. The Caps rallied by sending 13 to the plate and scoring 9 runs, 8 of which came with two outs. Baldwin reached on an error, Grady singled for his 3rd hit, Ehlers reached on a fielder’s choice, Grady scored on a wild pitch and Epperson walked. After the second out of the inning, Lamm had an RBI single to plate Ehlers (8-11), Walden reached on an error to load the bases, Williams followed with a clutch two-run single in his first at bat of the season scoring Epperson and Lamm (10-11), Sealey reached on an error with Walden coming home to tie the score at 11. Baldwin followed with a two-run single and took second as pinch runner Gilchrist and Sealey scored the go ahead runs (13-11), Grady walked and Ehler’s singled to left knocking in Baldwin and Grady (his 4th run) to make the score 15-11. Knightdale was able to score one run before Jacob McCaslin (Sr. P) came on to record the final out for gutsy come from behind win.
Defensive highlights: Robert Ramseur (Fr. C) split time with Sealey behind the plate and did nice work keeping the ball in front, and Walden had a strong throw to the cut-off man, Dean, who made a nice throw to Ehlers at 3rd cutting down a runner.
Memorable moments: Penn Sealey (Fr. C) got his first hit as a high schooler and Whitty Williams (Jr. P) got his first hit in his first at bat as a Varsity player.
Next game: Friday, March 11th @ Broughton vs. Wake Forest @ 4:00.
Record – Overall (4-1) Conference (0-0)
Broughton Defeats Cary
Broughton scored two runs in the bottom of the 7th in dramatic fashion to stun the Imps 6-5. After giving up a run in the top of the 1st, Will Baldwin (Sr. P) led off with a single and stole 2nd. Warren Grady (Jr. CF) walked then Mathis Dean (Soph. 1B) followed with an RBI single to score Baldwin tying the score at one. After a couple of hits by Cary and a couple of stumbles in the field, Broughton found itself trailing 4-1 entering the bottom half of the 3rd. Baldwin singled to start the inning but was thrown out at the plate trying to score on Grady’s double over the right fielder’s head. Cam Epperson (Sr. 3B) was hit by a pitch, then Dean’s second RBI single knocked in Grady pulling the Caps to within two.
After a scoreless 4th for the Imps, Eli DeJesus (Sr. DH) got things started with a single and Harrison Hemric (Soph. 2B) hustled to beat out an infield hit. Baldwin singled to load the bases and Kyle Ehlers (Soph. SS) had an RBI single to plate DeJesus. The Caps left the bases loaded. Grady came on to pitch the 5th and Cary would have added another run if not for a strong throw from Thomas Walden (Sr. CF) to Penn Sealey (Fr. C) to cut down the Imp runner at the plate. This seemed to be the momentum changer. In the Broughton half of 5th, Dean lead off with his 3rd single of the game, stole 2nd, went to 3rd on a nice sacrifice bunt by Dylan Lamm (Sr. LF), and raced home on a wild pitch to tie the score. Cary regained the lead 5-4 in the 6th. In the bottom half, Grady walked and Ehlers had an infield single but both were left stranded.
In the 7th, Jacob McCaslin (Sr. P) took the mound and had another strong outing by retiring the Imps in order. Broughton was down to its final 3 outs. Dean started things off by reaching base for the 4th time, this time walking. Lamm reached on an error so the Caps had 2nd and 3rd with no outs. Walden laid down a gutsy bunt with two strikes knocking in Dean for the tying run. After a nice play by Cary’s shortstop to get a force out at 3rd, McCaslin singled to load the bases. Baldwin followed with his 4th hit of the game to drive in Walden for the winning run.
Defensive highlights: in addition to Walden’s super throw to the plate and Sealey’s tag, Ehlers and Epperson turned a nice 6-5 double play off a line drive.
Next game: Thursday, March 10th @ Knightdale @ 4:00.
Record – Overall (3-1) Conference (0-0)
Broughton Defeats Knightdale 10-4
After falling behind the Knights 4-1, Broughton finished strong by scoring 9 unanswered runs for a 10-4 victory. Starting pitcher Will Baldwin (Sr.) threw 3 scoreless innings before Knightdale scored 4 in the top of the 4th. Warren Grady (Jr.) came on in relief to pitch a scoreless 5th and 6th and was able to get 2 outs in the 7th before Jacob McCaslin (Sr.) took the mound with two runners on. Three strikes later and Broughton had the win.
The Caps took a 1-0 lead in the 2nd when Cam Epperson (Sr. 3B/1B) lead off with a single to right. After a nice slide into second for a stolen base, Epperson took third on a wild pitch, Thomas Walden (Sr. OF) walked, Eli DeJesus (Sr. DH) reached on an error scoring Epperson for the first run of the game. In the Broughton half of the 3rd, Grady singled but was left on base. The action picked up in the 4th when Mathis Dean (Soph. 1B) singled, Dylan Lamm (Sr. OF) walked on an 11 pitch at bat, Walden laid a nice bunt that was fielded and got by the first basemen allowing Dean and Lamm to score as Walden made it to third. DeJesus followed with an RBI ground out to plate Walden to tie the score at 4. In the 5th, Dean and Lamm walked and Walden had an RBI single to score Dean giving the Caps a 5-4 lead.
The Caps blew the game open in the bottom of the 6th. Harrison Hemric (Soph. 2B) reached on an error, Baldwin doubled to left, and Grady walked to load the bases. Kyle Ehlers (Soph. 3B) was hit by a pitch, scoring Hemric, Epperson followed with a sacrifice fly to deep right center scoring Baldwin, Lamm followed with an RBI single to score Grady to make it 8-4. Both Ehlers and Dean scored on a wild pitch as Dean hustled all the way from second to make it 10-4.
Defensive highlights: nice 4-6-3 double play turned by Hemric, Ehlers and Dean. Walden had a nice running catch in right center and Robert Ramseur (Fr. C) had another solid game behind the plate.
Next game: Wednesday, March 9th @ Broughton vs. Cary @ 4:30.
Record – Overall (2-1) Conference (0-0)
Caps Drop Rematch Against Garner
The Garner bats came alive as they defeated the Broughton Caps 13-3 at Trojan Field on a windy afternoon. Garner jumped out to a 4-0 lead after 1 but the Caps plated 3 in the top of the 2nd to get back in the game. Mathis Dean (Soph./1B) started the inning with a double to deep center and later scored as Thomas Walden (Sr./RF) reached on an error. Eli DeJesus (Sr. DH) also reached on an error allowing Walden to score. Will Baldwin (Sr. SS) followed with a line drive RBI single to right scoring DeJesus for the Caps third and final run.
Senior Jacob McCaslin came on in relief and pitched a scoreless 3rd and 4th. In the Broughton 4th, Dylan Lamm (Sr. LF) reached on an error and DeJesus singled but the Caps could not mount a rally. Freshman catcher Penn Sealey did a nice job behind the plate and threw out a Trojan attempting to steal in the 4th inning.
Next game: Friday, March 4th @ Broughton vs. Knightdale @ 4:00.
Record – Overall (1-1) Conference (0-0)
Caps Win Season Opener
Broughton began the 2016 season in dramatic fashion with a hard-fought 5-4 come from behind victory over Garner. Eli DeJesus (Sr./DH) delivered the big blow, a two run walk-off single with two outs in the bottom of the 7th. Thomas Walden (Sr.) was the starting pitcher and pitched 5 solid innings before Warren Grady (Jr.) came on in relief to throw the final two innings.
Shortstop Will Baldwin (Sr.) got the Caps going by hitting the first pitch up the middle for a single. Baldwin stole second and went to third on a ground-out but was stranded. In the bottom half of the 2nd, Mathis Dean (Soph./LF) got things started with a walk then stole second. A nice piece of hitting by Dylan Lamm (Sr./RF) moved the runner over. Thomas Walden followed with an RBI single scoring Dean and tying the game at one. Garner regained the lead in the 3rd and would have extended their lead if not for a great defensive play by second baseman Harrison Hemric (Soph.) who started a 4-6-3 double play to end the threat. In the bottom of the 3rd, Baldwin was hit by a pitch and stole second. Warren Grady delivered an RBI double to center scoring Baldwin. Grady moved to third and then scored the go ahead run on an RBI single by Lamm. 3-2 Caps after 3.
Garner regained the lead, 4-3, in the 6th. DeJesus had a sharp single in the bottom half and moved to second but was left stranded. After Grady held the Trojans scoreless in their final at-bat, Cam Epperson (Sr./1B) walked before a fielder’s choice had the Caps facing their final out. Lamm and Walden followed with walks to load the bases then DeJesus delivered the big hit. The Caps played solid defense with all contributing, including Freshman catcher Robert Ramseur who had an excellent game behind the plate.
Next game: Wednesday, March 2nd @ Garner @ 4:00.
Record – Overall (1-0) Conference (0-0)