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Caps Fall to Wolverines   

Wakefield defeated Broughton 8-1 as the Wolverines limited the Caps to one hit, one hit batter, one reached on error and three walks.  Senior Thomas Walden pitched a nice complete game but a few timely hits combined with several defensive lapses by the Caps had Broughton playing uphill all night.

Mathis Dean (Soph. 1B) got the Caps only hit as he beat out an infield single in the 2nd inning.  In the Broughton 3rd, Walden walked and pinch runner Dylan Lamm advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Harrison Hemric (Soph. LF/2B) but was stranded at second.  In 5th, Lamm was hit by a pitch, Walden reached on an error and Hemric followed with an RBI ground out scoring Lamm.  The Wolverine defense had several nice defensive plays taking away would be hits and also turned three double plays to prevent the Caps from gaining any momentum.

Defensive highlights: Nice sliding catch by Hemric in left center and Kyle Ehlers (Soph. 3B) snagged a liner and doubled up the runner at first.

The Caps will wrap up the 2016 Season next week with games against Enloe and Heritage.

Next game: Tuesday, May 3rd @ Enloe @ 4:30.

Final game: Thursday, May 5th vs. Heritage @ Broughton @ 4:30.

Record – Overall (6-16)  Conference (2-10)

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Caps Fall to Spartans  

Sanderson defeated Broughton 8-1 as three Spartan pitchers combined to limit the Caps to just two hits.  Broughton trailed 3-0 after five innings as senior Will Baldwin scattered six hits but the Spartan bats came alive in the 6th and a string of hits forced the Caps to go to the bullpen.  Senior Jacob McCaslin came in and was able to strike out three in 1 and 1/3 innings of solid relief.

Baldwin had an infield single to lead off the Broughton half of the first.  Harrison Hemric (Soph. LF) worked a walk in the 3rd but was left stranded.  In the Broughton 4th, Warren Grady (Jr. RF) and Mathis Dean (Soph. 1B) walked but both were left on base.  The Caps were able to get on the board in the 6th as Baldwin collected his second infield single of the game, Kyle Ehlers (Soph. 3B) reached on an error and both runners advanced on the errant throw.  Cam Epperson (Sr. DH) delivered an RBI sacrifice fly to score Baldwin.

Defensive highlights: nice plays on high infield choppers for Ehlers at 3rd and Penn Sealey (Fr.) at shortstop.  Robert Ramseur (Fr. C) threw out a runner attempting to steal second, the first of what will be many in his career.

Next game: Friday, April 29th @ Wakefield @ 7:00.

Record – Overall (6-15)  Conference (2-9)

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Broughton jumped out to early 2-0 and 3-1 leads but could not hold on as Millbrook came from behind to defeat the Caps in a game played to benefit the VS. Cancer Foundation.  Both teams joined together to raise money to help kids with cancer and the evening ended with several coaches and players getting their heads shaved.

Will Baldwin (Sr. CF) smoked a leadoff double down the left field line to start the game.  Warren Grady (Jr. RF) walked and Kyle Ehlers (Soph. 3B) singled to load the bases.  Cam Epperson (Sr. DH) had an RBI ground out to score Baldwin and Grady was able to score on a wild pitch to make it 2-0 Caps.  Millbrook scored one in the bottom half of the first.  Walden (Sr. P/LF) walked to start the second.  Harrison Hemric (Soph. LF) had a nice bunt single, and Robert Ramseur (FR. C) was able to reach on an error to load the bases.  Baldwin knocked in pinch runner Dylan Lamm (Sr.) on a fielder’s choice for the Caps third run. Unfortunately, the Caps could not take advantage and left two runners on base.

Millbrook was able to score seven in the second, two in the third, and four in the fourth.  In the Broughton 3rd, Ehlers collected his second hit of the night with a line drive to center.  McCaslin (Sr. P) singled to start the 4th, Ramseur followed with a walk and Baldwin singled to load the bases with no outs.  It appeared Broughton was ready to cut into Millbrook’s lead but the Wildcats were able to get out of the inning with two strikeouts and a fly ball.

In the 5th, Epperson was hit by a pitch to start the inning, making it five straight innings the Caps leadoff hitter reached base.  Whitty Williams (Jr.) came in to pinch run and used his speed to get to second on a wild pitch and to third on a high infield chopper by George House (Sr. PH), but was stranded on third base.

Final line: 14 runs, 11 hits and one error for Millbrook.  3 runs, 6 hits, 5 errors for Broughton.  Baldwin and Ehlers led the offense with two hits each, Hemric and McCaslin each had one.  Thomas Walden (Sr.), Jacob McCaslin (Sr.) and Warren Grady (Jr.) pitched for the Caps.

Next game: Tuesday, April 26th vs. Sanderson @ Broughton @ 4:30.

Record – Overall (6-14)  Conference (2-8)

Caps Blank Pride

Broughton played its most complete game of the year in picking up a 3-0 victory at Leesville.  The Caps collected 10 hits, played error-free defense, and got a complete game three-hitter by senior Will Baldwin.

Baldwin lead off the game with a single, stole second, moved to 3rd on a nice sacrifice bunt by Warren Grady (Jr. DH), and scored on an RBI single by Kyle Ehlers (Soph. 3B).  Mathis Dean was hit by a pitch but the Caps left the bases loaded.  In the 2nd, Robert Ramseur (Fr. C) reached on an error and Dylan Lamm (Sr.) came in to pinch run.  Baldwin was hit by a pitch and after a double steal, Broughton had runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out.  William Gilchrist (Jr.) came in to pinch run for the pitcher but the Caps could not take advantage of Leesville’s miscues and left both runners stranded.

The Caps scored two in the 3rd.  Ehlers led off with his second hit of the afternoon, stole second, took third on a nice sacrifice bunt by Eli DeJesus (Sr. 2B), and scored on an RBI single by Thomas Walden (Sr. CF). Walden was able to steal second and third and scored on a single by Harrison Hemric (Soph. LF) to make it 3-0 Caps.  Walden and Hemric both collected their second hits of the game in the 5th and Cam Epperson (Sr. PH) was hit by a pitch but Broughton was unable to capitalize.  In the 6th, Grady got his second hit of the game and Ehlers continued swinging a hot bat as he collected his third hit of the day, but again, Broughton could not add to its lead.

Baldwin allowed just five Pride players to reach base, had a five-pitch and a seven-pitch inning, and was aided by many nice defensive plays.

Defensive highlights: multiple nice running catches by Hemric in left and Walden in center, Penn Sealey (Fr.) made several plays at shortstop including a diving catch in shallow left field, Ehlers caught a pop at the Pride dugout fence, and Ramseur did a solid job keeping curve balls in the dirt in front of him.

A great team win.

Next game: Thursday, April 21st @ Millbrook @ 7:00.

Record – Overall (6-13)  Conference (2-7)

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Cougars Top Caps

Wake Forest defeated Broughton 5-1 in the second match-up between the Cap 8 schools.  Starting pitcher Thomas Walden (Sr.) threw a complete game 7 hitter but the Caps offense could manage only 3 hits.

Will Baldwin (Sr. CF) lead off the game with a single to left, advanced to 2nd on a sacrifice bunt by Warren Grady (Soph. DH), and went to 3rd on a fly to right by Mathis Dean (Soph. 1B), but was left stranded.  Wake Forest plated 3 in the 3rd by stringing together a couple of hits and taking advantage of a controversial call at 3rd.  In the Broughton 4th, Dean got the Caps second hit of the day but was left on base.

The Caps were able to get on the board in the 6th.  Robert Ramseur (Fr. C) singled and William Gilchrist (Jr.) came on to pinch run, Baldwin reached on an error and runners advanced to 2nd and 3rd with no outs, Grady grounded out to second scoring Gilchrist, but the inning ended with a runner on 3rd.  The Cougars took advantage of a couple of hits and a couple of Broughton miscues in the bottom of the 6th to tack on two more runs.

Defensive highlight: Kyle Ehlers (Soph. 3B) showed good range by cutting off a ball headed to the hole and getting the runner at 1st.

Next game: Tuesday, April 19th @ Leesville @ 4:30.

Record – Overall (5-13)  Conference (1-7)

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Jaguars defeat Caps

Athens defeated Broughton 10-2 in a non-conference game sandwiched between conference games.  Junior pitcher Warren Grady threw 4 innings of two-hit ball before Athens got the bats going in the late innings and took advantage of several Broughton miscues.

Things looked promising for Broughton after one inning.  Grady struck out two Jaguars and Mathis Dean (Soph. 1B) and Kyle Ehlers (Soph. 3B) had back-to-back doubles with Dean scoring and Ehlers collecting the RBI.  Athens was able to tie the game at one in their half of the 3rd.  In the bottom of the inning, Harrison Hemric (Soph. LF) singled, went to second on a wild pitch, advanced to 3rd on a groundout by Will Baldwin (Sr. CF/SS) and scored on an RBI ground out by Grady to give the Caps a 2-1 lead.  Ehlers followed with his second double of the game but was left on base.

Thomas Walden (Sr. RF) beat out a chopper for an infield single in the 4th but the Caps could not take advantage. Whitty Williams (Jr. P) and Ehlers pitched the final three innings.

Defensive highlights: several nice catches by Harrison Hemric in left field.

Next game: Friday, April 15th @ Wake Forest @ 7:00.

Record – Overall (5-12)  Conference (1-6)

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Caps Fall to Huskies

In its first night game of the year, Broughton fell to conference foe Heritage, 5-1.  Senior pitcher Will Baldwin scattered five hits over five innings with three strikeouts but Heritage pitchers limited the Caps to three hits.

In the Caps 1st, Warren Grady (Jr. CF) walked and Kyle Ehlers (Soph. 3B) singled but both were left on base.  In the 3rd, Baldwin (Sr. P) singled but the Caps could not capitalize.  Dylan Lamm (Sr. LF) walked to begin the 5th.  Jacob McCaslin (Sr. DH/P) bunted and was able to make it to second on a throwing error as Lamm raced around the bases to score.  Baldwin was hit by a pitch to put the tying run on base but both runners were stranded.  Ehlers collected his second single of the game in the 6th and McCaslin pitched the bottom of the 6th.  Broughton was unable to get anything going in its final at bat.

Next game: Thursday, April 14th vs. Athens Drive @ Broughton @ 4:30.

Record – Overall (5-11)  Conference (1-6)


Caps Back in Win Column
Broughton defeated Enloe 5-1 behind a strong pitching performance by Senior ace Thomas Walden and some timely hits.  Walden threw a complete game 4-hitter with a season high 11 strikeouts.

In the Caps 1st, Warren Grady (Jr. CF) smoked the ball over the center fielder’s head for a triple and scored on Mathis Dean’s (Soph. 1B) RBI sacrifice fly to take a 1-0 lead.  Walden struck out two Eagles in an efficient eight pitch 3rd.  In the Broughton half of the 3rd, Robert Ramseur (Fr. C) reached on an error and pinch runner Harrison Hemric (Soph.) stole second but was left stranded.  The Caps got it going in the 5th: Penn Sealey (Fr. 2B) reached on an error, Ramseur singled, Will Baldwin (Sr. SS) was hit by a pitch, Grady walked to force in Sealey, then Dean delivered the big hit, a three run double down the third base line scoring Hemric, Baldwin and Grady.  Ehlers followed with a single but was left on base.  Walden shut down the Eagles in order in the 6th and in the bottom half of the inning, Ramseur collected his second hit of the day and Baldwin followed with a single but were unable to score.

Defensive highlights: No errors by the Broughton defense.

Next game: Tuesday, April 12th @ Heritage @ 7:00.

Record – Overall (5-10)  Conference (1-5)

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Caps Fall to Wolverines
Wakefield jumped out to an early 4-0 lead on a beautiful day at Wiley Warren Field before Broughton battled back to tie the score at 5 after 6 complete.  Unfortunately, the Wolverines scored late to come out on top 9-5.

In the 1st, Will Baldwin (Sr. P) beat out a high bouncer for an infield single.  Mathis Dean (Soph. 1B) smoked a single to deep left center but the Caps were unable to score.  Broughton scored its first run in the 2nd: Thomas Walden (Sr. RF) walked, Penn Sealey (FR. SS/C) reached on an error before fellow freshman catcher Robert Ramseur delivered an RBI single to score Walden.  In the Broughton 3rd, Kyle Ehlers (Soph. 3B) doubled to right center but was stranded.  Baldwin put down the Wolverines in order in the 4th on 5 pitches.  In the Broughton half of 4th, Eli DeJesus (Sr. 2B) ripped a single up the middle, Walden followed with a sharp double to right center, Sealey walked, Baldwin delivered an RBI single to score Walden, then Warren Grady (Jr. CF) ripped an RBI single to plate Sealey making it 5-3.

After a scoreless 5th for the Wolverines, Ehlers singled, Dylan Lamm (Sr. LF) laid down a beautiful sacrifice bunt to move the runner over, DeJesus singled to put runners on the corner, Walden bunted and was able to reach on a throwing error as Ehlers and DeJesus scored to knot the game at 5.  The Wolverines went down in order in the 6th.  Grady had a nice double in the bottom of the 6th but was left on base, leaving the score tied heading into the 7th.  The Wolverines were able to score four runs off a couple of Broughton pitchers to secure the 9-5 win.

Next game: Friday, April 8th vs. Enloe @ Broughton @4:30.

Record – Overall (4-10)  Conference (0-5)

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Mustangs Defeat Caps in Bobby Murray Finale

Broughton’s bats were stymied by a University of Richmond commit in a 10-0 loss to Middle Creek.  The Caps could manage only three hits: singles by Thomas Walden (Sr. RF), and pinch-hitters George House (Sr.) and Will Hensley (Jr.).

The 2016 Bobby Murray Invitational was stacked with some of the area’s best teams. The Caps were winless against three teams ranked in the N&O Top 15.  Broughton enters the second half of the season with ten straight games against conference opponents.  Last year Broughton finished strong so let’s hope for a repeat.  Go Caps!

Next game: Wednesday, April 6th vs. Wakefield @ Broughton @ 4:30.

Caps Drop Doubleheader at Bobby Murray Invitational

The forecast for heavy rains forced game realignments and had Broughton playing back-to-back games against Green Hope and Northwood.

The Green Hope Falcons came out swinging and built an early lead against pitcher Will Baldwin (Sr.) and cruised to an 8-3 win.  Warren Grady (Jr.) came in in relief to pitch the final four innings.  The Broughton bats did not get going until the 6th.  Back-to-back-to-back singles by Kyle Ehlers (Soph. 3B), Dylan Lamm (Sr. RF) and Eli DeJesus (Sr. 2B) loaded the bases.  Thomas Walden (Sr. CF) reached on an error as Ehlers plated the Caps first run, Lamm scored on a ground out and DeJesus scored on an RBI double by Jacob McCaslin (Sr. LF).  Baldwin was hit by a pitch twice (the first ruled as failure to make effort to get out of the way) but was left stranded along with McCaslin.  Lamm and DeJesus got their second hits of the game in the bottom of the 7th but were left on base.

In the second game, the Chargers from Northwood defeated the Caps 5-1, despite an impressive complete game by senior pitcher Thomas Walden.  Walden scattered 5 hits while striking out 8.  Will Baldwin (Sr. SS) got things going with a leadoff single to right center in the 1st but the Caps were unable to score.  In the Caps 2nd, DeJesus singled and was able to come around and score on throwing error.  Broughton was unable to generate any offense after that.  Final line: Broughton, one run off two hits with two errors; Northwood, five runs off five hits with three errors.

Defensive highlights:  Penn Sealey (Fr. C) fought the wind to catch a high fly ball behind home plate, Ehlers made a nice grab at 3rd on a sharp grounder, Lamm a running catch on a deep fly in right, McCaslin a snag in left on a sharply hit ball, Harrison Hemric (Soph. 2B) drifted back to shallow right field to snag a ball, and Walden fielded a bunt by a speedy runner and was able to nail him at 1st.

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