Week 1 Recap: Caps Defeat Wakefield and Garner – Off to 2-0 Start
The Broughton Varsity Baseball team opened its 2019 season with a bang last week as the Caps rolled to victories over Wakefield and Garner.

Wednesday, February 27- (Wiley Warren Field):  Broughton- 10, Wakefield 0

Broughton opened the 2019 season with a 10-0 shutout of Wakefield behind the impressive performances of three seniors.  Starting Pitcher Xander Hamilton (Sr.) was nearly flawless, giving up only two hits and two walks in five innings while striking out nine.  Co-Captains Joe Barrow (Sr. 3B) and Robert Ramseur (Sr. C) were perfect as they combined to go 6-6 with a homerun, two doubles, two singles and a walk.

The Caps got off to a bit of a slow start, but in the bottom of the 3rd, they erupted to take the lead.  After a lead-off walk by Davis Clemmons (Jr. CF), Ramseur doubled, moving Clemmons to third.  Clemmons scored three pitches later on a passed ball.  One batter later, Barrow tomahawked a two run blast over the right field fence and the Caps took a 3-0 lead.

Broughton wasn’t finished with the offensive production, however.  In the bottom of the 4th with Campbell Nixon (Sr. DH) drawing a walk, the Caps started a two-out rally with a Clemmons single.  Ramseur loaded the bases with an infield single and Hamilton walked, plating one.  Barrow then singled, driving in two more for the Caps.  Broughton led 6-0 after four.

In the bottom of the 5th, Josh Holloman (Jr. SS) nabbed a lead-off walk and was followed by Daniel Brown (Jr. 1B) who singled.  After another Wakefield passed ball advanced Holloman and Brown, Hamilton Andrews (Jr. LF) hit a two-run single.  Clemmons drew another walk and Ramseur got his second double of the game to score Andrews.  Hamilton ended the game with an RBI single to left as the Caps invoked the mercy rule with a 10-0 victory.

Thursday, February 28- (Wiley Warren Field):  Broughton- 3, Garner 0

Broughton gutted out a tough 3-1 win over rival Garner behind solid pitching performances by Joe Barrow (Sr.) and Josh Holloman (Jr.) and a two run homer by Hamilton Andrews (Jr. LF).  Barrow was brilliant for the Caps, surrendering no hits and only two walks against 8 strikeouts in four solid innings of work. Holloman worked three innings in relief and did not surrender an earned run to nab the save for the Caps.

After three and a half scoreless innings, the Caps led off the bottom of the 4th with a single from Jon Benefield (Sr. 2B).  Holloman bunted for a single and Daniel Brown (Jr. 1B) hit a hard ground ball for a single that scored Benefield.  Two batters later, Andrews  homered to left giving the Caps a 3-0 advantage.  It was the first homerun for Andrews as a Varsity player.

Garner made it interesting, plating one run in the top of the 5th and loading the bases in he 7th, but Holloman was too strong, striking out the last batter to secure the win for the Caps- their first against Garner since 2016.

Record: 2-0 (overall); 0-0 (conference)

2019 Upcoming Varsity Home Games:

3/8/19 vs. Green Hope

3/11/19 vs. Athens Drive

3/14/19 vs. Middle Creek

3/19/19 vs. Southeast Raleigh

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