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Broughton Baseball
State of the Program

Hope this letter finds everyone doing well and staying safe from the Corona!  While you might expect this e-mail to be dark and gloomy given the recent developments of the NCHSAA and Wake County Athletics, but our program is very optimistic and upbeat.

For those of you who don’t know, we are suspended from play/practice/team functions through April 6th.  We are hoping to be back on the field for the Bobby Murray Tourney which begins April 9th at Holly Springs HS.  Days 1 (April 9 – 7pm vs Holly Springs) and 2 (April 10 – 4pm vs Apex) of the tourney will be at Holly Springs HS and Day 3 (April 3 – TBD) will be at Millbrook.

There is some uncertainty around the return to play date.  We are hopeful that we are cleared to return April 6th.  The remainder of the schedule will be reconfigured and as soon as we get the word from the AD’s.  In all likelihood, the remaining schedule will be conference games only.
The season has started out as good as we could have hoped.  We are 3-0 with back to back shutouts on the mound.  We have allowed no earned runs so far in 2020.  Senior, Daniel Brown (Signed with Campbell) has 2 wins and 23 strikeouts in 8 innings of work.  The Caps pitching staff has anchored the early season success (no hit Holly Springs and shut out Athens and Rolesville).  Offensively, the Caps have found success with consistent hitting up and down the lineup.  2-out RBI’s have also been key to the success.

We have 9 seniors and I’d ask you to keep them in your thoughts and prayers as we look forward to seeing their senior year continue in April.  This is a very difficult time for those guys.
Please keep in mind the Blayne Brown Kids Camp on April 18th.

Hope to see you out at Wiley Warren Field sometime.  I’ll get Karl an updated schedule as soon as I can over the next couple of weeks but for now, there’s no baseball at BHS.

Go Caps!
Coach Morton


Jere Morton, MAT
Needham B. Broughton High School

Behavior Support Teacher
Head Varsity Baseball Coach

Twitter: @BroughtBaseball

Broughton Capitals Varsity defeated Athens Drive 6-0 on Monday as two pitchers combined to throw a shutout.

Broughton Capitals Varsity secured the victory thanks to four runs in the second inning.  Broughton Capitals Varsity’s big bats in the inning were led by singles by Sr. Davis Clemmons and Sr. Josh Holloman, a triple by Jr. Ben Gilbert, and a double by Sr. Hamilton Andrews.

Broughton Capitals Varsity fired up the offense in the second inning, when Gilbert tripled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run. A single by Parr in the first inning was a positive for Athens Drive.

Holloman pitched Broughton Capitals Varsity to victory. He went five innings, allowing zero runs on two hits, striking out five and walking one.  Jr. Hazen Lancaster threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen.  Lancaster recorded the last six outs to earn the save for Broughton Capitals Varsity.

Thompson took the loss for Athens Drive. He went four innings, allowing four runs on five hits and striking out three.

Broughton Capitals Varsity tallied seven hits.  Holloman and Gilbert each collected two hits to lead Broughton Capitals Varsity.  Broughton Capitals Varsity didn’t commit a single error in the field. Jr. Xander Lietz had six chances in the field, the most on the team.

Caps are now 2-0 on the young season.  They play @ Durham Riverside Thursday night 6:30

2020 Schedule Highlights:
3/21: @ Wilmington Hoggard
3/28: Team Chris Combs ALS Classic vs New Bern at Doak Field (NC State)
4/9-4/11: Bobby Murray Tournament

Coach Newton Painting

Caps knock off 2019 4-A Runner Ups in first game of 2020 Season

Daniel Brown, Hazen Lancaster and Josh Holloman combined to strike out 13 and surrendered zero hits to the 2019 State Runner Ups.  Caps got some timely hitting from Xander Lietz, Chris Gruskin and Dee Brown in their 5 run 4th inning to break the game wide open.  Gruskin and Brown led the Caps with two hits and three hits respectively and Lietz, Ben Gilbert and Davis Clemmons added one hit each.  Caps committed two errors in the field to allow the two unearned runs.

Caps are now 1-0 on the young season and play @ Athens Drive on Monday 4:00 in their next game.

2020 Schedule Highlights:
3/21: @ Wilmington Hoggard
3/28: Team Chris Combs ALS Classic vs New Bern at Doak Field (NC State)
4/9-4/11: Bobby Murray Tournament

Your 2020
Caps Baseball Team

2020 Schedule Highlights:
3/3: Season opener vs Green Hope
3/21: @ Wilmington Hoggard
3/28: Team Chris Combs ALS Classic vs New Bern at Doak Field (NC State)
4/9-4/11: Bobby Murray Tournament

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

Baseball player

Varsity Roster & Schedule

1 Josh Sine 5’11” 155 R/R RHP 2019
2 Josh Holloman 6’0” 145 R/R IF/RHP 2020
3 Hamilton Andrews 5’8” 165 R/R OF 2020
4 Jon Benefield 5’7” 155 R/R IF/OF 2019
5 Davis Clemmons 5’9” 165 R/R OF 2020
6 Campbell Nixon 5’10” 180 L/L OF/1B/LHP 2019
7 Worth Warner 6’3” 185 R/R OF/RHP 2020
8 Nick Hoskin 5’10” 150 R/R C/IF 2019
9 Clay Epperson 5’10” 150 R/R UTL/RHP 2019
10 Davis Wilson 5’11” 150 R/R IF 2019
12 Brandon Gregory 6’1” 160 R/R RHP/OF 2020
13 Robert Ramseur 6’3” 190 R/R C/1B 2019
14 Eli Baldwin 5’9” 150 R/R RHP 2020
16 Joe Barrow 6’3” 200 R/R IF/RHP 2019
17 George Swearingen 5’9” 185 R/R C/IF 2020
18 Penn Sealey 6’4” 185 R/R IF/RHP 2019
22 Daniel Brown 6’3” 175 L/L LHP/1B 2020
24 Xander Hamilton 6’4” 225 R/L OF/RHP 2019
15 Jere Morton Head Coach Elena Ashburn Principal
20 Chris Newton Asst. Coach Dorrian Stephens A.D.
Will Childs Asst. Coach Kelly Robertson A.T.
Brian Coleman Student Manager
Nolan Wilson Student Manager

VARSITY Schedule
Sat February 16 Scrimmage 1 @ Terry Sanford 4:00
Sat February 23 Scrimmage 2 vs Durham Jordan 2:00
Wed February 27 Wakefield 4:00
Thu February 28 @ Garner 4:00
Thu March 7 @ Middle Creek 4:30
Fri March 8 Green Hope 4:00
Mon March 11 Athens Drive 4:30
Wed March 13 @ Cary (Endowment) 4:30
Thu March 14 Middle Creek 4:30 Teacher Appreciation
Tue March 19 Southeast Raleigh 4:30
Thu March 21 Wake Forest 4:00
Fri March 22 @ Southeast Raleigh 4:30
Sat March 23 Hoggard 3:00 Strike Out ALS
Tue March 26 @ Enloe 4:30
Thu March 28 Enloe 4:30
Tue April 2 Leesville 4:30 Youth Day
Fri April 5 @ Leesville 6:00
Tue April 9 @ Gibbons 6:00
Thu April 11 Gibbons 4:30
Thu April 18 SW Guilford (@ Holly Springs HS) 7:00 Bobby Murray
Fri April 19 Rolesville (@ Holly Springs HS) 4:00 Bobby Murray
Sat April 20 TBA (@ Millbrook HS) TBA Bobby Murray
Wed April 24 Sanderson 4:30
Fri April 26 @ Sanderson 6:00
Tue April 30 @ Millbrook 6:00
Thu May 2 Millbrook 4:30 Senior Day

J. V. Roster
1 Jack McConnell OF 2021
2 Damien Ford IF 2022
3 Logan Butler OF 2022
4w/6g Wes Kornely RHP/1B 2022
5 Hazen Lancaster LHP/1B 2021
7 Walker Marsh RHP/UTL 2021
8 Will Felton IF/RHP 2021
9 Nic Edward IF/UTL 2022
10 Ben Gilbert IF/RHP 2021
11 Jackson Hubbell LHP/1B 2022
12 Landon Thomas OF/RHP 2022
13 Chris Gruskin IF/RHP 2021
14 Sanjay Lindsay RHP/OF 2021
15 Cameron Kaplinger UTL/RHP 2022
17 Brett Nixon RHP/IF 2022
23 Xander Lietz C/IF 2021
Alex Scott Head Coach
John Woods Asst. Coach

J.V. Schedule
Sat February 23 Scrimmage vs Durham Jordan 11:00
Wed February 27 @ Wakefield 4:00
Thu February 28 Garner 4:00
Tue March 5 Green Hope 4:00
Thu March 7 Middle Creek 4:00
Fri March 8 @ Green Hope 4:00
Mon March 11 @ Athens Drive 4:30
Wed March 13 Cary 4:30
Thu March 14 @ Middle Creek 4:30
Tue March 19 @ Southeast Raleigh 4:30
Thu March 21 @ Wake Forest 4:00
Fri March 22 Southeast Raleigh 4:30
Sat March 23 Hoggard 12:00
Tue April 2 @ Leesville 4:30
Fri April 5 Leesville 4:30
Tue April 9 Gibbons 4:30
Thu April 11 @ Gibbons 4:30
Wed April 24 @ Sanderson 4:30
Fri April 26 Sanderson 4:30
Tue April 30 Millbrook 4:30
Thu May 2 @ Millbrook 4:30

Caps have 2 big Games Vs Leesville on Wed & Friday–  Blayne Brown Kids Camp Saturday Morning 8:30

After a huge win Friday night to Win The 31st Bobby Murray Invitation they have 2 big conference games against Leesville Rd.   Varsity at Leesville on Wed 4:30Start, Friday at Home 4:30 Start.

Pictures From Bobby Murray Tournament 

Blayne Brown Kids Camp Saturday Morning
Next Saturday!! Free Kids Camp at Broughton HS. 2018 Blayne Brown Camp, Ages 7-12, 8:30am-12pm. Free! Email if interested . Can sign up Saturday Morning

2018 Overall Record 8-6
2018 Conference Record 3-1

Caps will Compete for First Bobby Murray Tournament Championship since 1991
Caps will face the winner of Middle Creek vs Corinth Holders (1pm Fridayon Friday night at 7pm at Millbrook for the 31st Annual Bobby Murray Championship.  Hope to see you there!

2018 Overall Record 7-6
2018 Conference Record 3-1

April 21st ALS Game Info from Ryan Combs!

Good afternoon:

I would like to confirm there will be a another Chris Combs Baseball Classic at NC State’s Doak Field this year. The tournament is on the same day as the Triangle Walk for the ALS Association. Chris once again has Team Chris Combs walking that morning, and I know the players walked last year but our family was in Boston for the ALS game. I know my brother would be thrilled to have Broughton walk with him this year.

The schedule for the day is about 90% complete, and here is what it looks like:

Current Schedule
1:00pm  Broughton vs. Southern Lee 
3:15pm   Wake Forest vs. Wakefield
5:30pm   Millbrook vs. Sanderson

Johnson-Lambe has once again agreed to donate a set of game jerseys to the team that raises the most money. Last year Broughton and Millbrook were incredible and raised over 30,000 combined.

What I envision this year is to not have the teams themselves feel pressure to raise the money, but for the programs to ask the parents to help think of companies and business owners in your area who might be willing to do a sponsorship for the tournament. I am selling sponsorships for $500 and $1,000 right now. The $1,000 sponsors will get their logo on the scoreboard during the tournament and both sponsor levels will be announced during each game. (The ALS Association is creating the websites for each school to monitor their fundraising. We will share those links once they are live.)

100% of the money raised goes to the ALS Association of NC. The association uses the money to fund programs to support victims and their families of ALS. It costs hundred of thousands of dollars to care for a family member who has ALS. 

The most important thing that can happen through this tournament is for everyone involved, especially the players, to have a better understanding of what a cruel disease ALS is, and that currently there is no cure. Because ALS only effects such a small percentage of the US population, the Federal government does not invest into research for ALS like they do HIV and Cancer. Since my brothers diagnosis 2 years ago, he has raised over 2 million dollars for Project ALS out of New York. Project ALS has raised close to 100 million for research to find a cure. 

Just as womens’ basketball has taken breast cancer head on, baseball needs to fight to find a cure for ALS. Lou Gehrig, NC Native and MLB Hall of Famer Catfish Hunter, former Western Carolina and ECU baseball coach Keith LeClair, and the creator of the Ice Bucket Challenge, Boston College baseball player Pete Frates all were victims of ALS. Pete Frates continues to fight on, and the Boston College program is constantly carrying the torch. 

15 new cases a day
6,000 people diagnosed each year
20,000 people living with ALS in the US
2-5 year life expectancy
ALS takes away the patients ability to walk, write, dress themselves, speak, and swallow
60% of ALS patients are male
90% of ALS patients are Caucasian 

Thanks again for being a part of this tournament. Baseball is such a big part of my family’s life, and I can think of no better way to honor my brother than by raising money and awareness through a game that has given our family so much. 

If you have any questions please feel free to call or email me. My cell number is 919-633-0686


Ryan Combs

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