Caps Comeback Falls Short
Broughton honored its seven seniors – Cam Epperson, Dylan Lamm, Eli DeJesus, George House, Jacob McCaslin, Thomas Walden and Will Baldwin – on Senior Day in a game played at Heritage. A complete game on the mound by ace Thomas Walden kept Broughton in the game, but the Caps fell short 4-2.
All seniors started the game with the exception of Eli DeJesus, who was out with an injury. Eli’s presence was missed. Heritage scored an unearned run in the 1st to take a 1-0 lead. Warren Grady (Jr. CF) had a single in the 4th but the Caps were unable to take advantage. In the bottom of the 4th, Walden threw 11 pitches – all strikes – while striking out two and retiring the Huskies in order. Three hits and a couple of defensive lapses allowed the Huskies to score three in the 5th to go up 4-0.
Broughton mounted a comeback in the top of the 7th. Kyle Ehlers (Soph. 3B) led off the inning with a single, Epperson walked, and Mathis Dean (Soph. 1B) singled to load the bases with no outs. A rare 1-2-3 (pitcher to home to 1st) double play thwarted Broughton’s momentum however Dylan Lamm (Sr. RF) followed with a two-out, two-run single scoring pinch runner Will Gilchrist (Jr.) and Dean to produce the final score.
Defensive highlights: Thomas Walden pitched a complete game, allowing just five hits to go along with five strikeouts. Will Baldwin (Sr. 1B/2B/SS) got the start at 1st base so that he will have started at every position during his varsity career. Nice running catch by Dylan Lamm in left center. Kyle Ehlers fielded a tough ball at 3rd, checked the runner back to second, and threw to 1st for the out; Mathis Dean snagged a liner to prevent a double down the line, and freshman catcher Robert Ramseur had another solid defensive performance behind the plate.
Broughton will return a talented group of underclassman so the future of Broughton Baseball is bright. Many thanks to Coach Jones, Coach Kelly, Coach Newton and Coach Cashion for coaching the kids and for teaching them life lessons. Best wishes to the seven seniors as they prepare to graduate from BHS next month.
Next Game: February, 2017.
Record – Overall (7-17) Conference (3-11)
The 2016 JV Caps finished the year with a 10-10 overall record and 6-7 in the Cap-8. The season ended with a dramatic 4-3 victory over rival Millbrook at Wiley Warren Field on May 4th, 2016. The Caps scored one in the bottom of the 8th on a Jon Benefield (FR) single to score Sam Strickland (FR) from 3rd base. Campbell Nixon (FR) picked up his 3rd win of the season on the mound in a relief appearance with 2ip and 0runs allowed. Joe Barrow (FR) and Chris Vinson (SO) also pitched for the Caps limiting Millbrook to 3 runs and 5 hits over the first 6 innings.
The 2016 JV season included wins over Leesville and Millbrook who tied for the conference championship. It also included a no-hitter thrown by Chris Vinson (SO) over Knightdale. The 2016 JV Caps showed a lot of potential and excitement for the program moving forward.