Wendell, N.C.-  Broughton struggled through another lackluster defensive effort as the Caps were defeated by the East Wake Warriors 14-3 on Wednesday afternoon.

The Caps jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning after a single by Mathis Dean, a walk by Henry Sloan, a single by Sophomore DH Xander Hamilton and a sacrifice by Joe Barrow.  The Caps held the Warriors scoreless  in the bottom of the first inning and looked to take control of the game.  And then the wheels fell off.

Broughton could not stop East Wake in the bottom of the second as the Warriors collected six hits and drew two walks to take a commanding 10-2 lead.  Broughton’s defense not help matters, contributing to the Warrior onslaught by committing three errors in the inning and allowing too many second chances.  Senior Jim Woods did a commendable job in his pitching debut, but the Caps defense could not make a play to get him out of the inning before it was too late.

The Caps settled down a bit for the remainder of the game, but could never get anything going offensively.  East Wake’s Pitcher Will Davis kept Broughton’s bats guessing all afternoon, ringing up seven strikeouts in a complete game gem.

There were a few positives in the game.  The weather and East Wake’s field were beautiful.  Junior Mathis Dean’s hot bat continued as he collected two hits and scored two runs.  Joe Barrow collected three RBIs and just missed a homerun on a blast to left centerfield that hit off the top of the fence.  Jim Woods picked up a nice double on a chopper down the third base line.

The Caps open conference play on Friday at Wake Forest.  Despite the early season struggles, Coach Morton reminded the team yesterday that Caps are still 0-0.  Game time is set for 4:30.  Come support the Caps!!

Broughton Caps Varsity (Overall 0-3-1 ; Conference 0-0)