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Caps Mistakes Costly in 14-7 Loss to Leesville 

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Wiley Warren Field-  Despite cold and windy conditions and a solid offensive effort, Broughton could not overcome its own mistakes as the Leesville Pride routed the Caps in a 14-7 conference win.

The Caps got off to a slow start, surrendering five runs on five hits and two errors in the top of the first.  Broughton battled back, collecting two runs in the bottom of the second on a triple hammered by Junior Chris Vinson.  The Caps took the lead in he bottom of the third after an RBI single by Designated Hitter Xander Hamilton and a two-RBI single by Vinson.

After a homerun by Leesville Catcher Landon Choboy to tie the game at 6, the Caps defense fell apart.  In addition to walking six and hitting two Pride batters, the Broughton defense made six errors in the contest.  Only three of Leesville’s runs were earned.

In frigid conditions, there were a number of hot bats for the Caps.  In addition to Vinson’s two-hit, four RBI effort, Broughton Sophomores Joe Barrow and Jon Benefield smashed doubles.

The Caps look to pick up the pieces as they travel to face conference rival Millbrook on Friday.  First pitch is at 4:30.  Come support the Caps!

Broughton Caps Varsity (Overall 0-5-1 ; Conference 0-2)

Caps Fall to Wake Forest 4-3 Despite Best Effort of the Season 

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Wake Forest, N.C.-  Despite a strong pitching performance by Caps Sophomore Xander Hamilton, Broughton dropped a heartbreaker to Wake Forest 4- 3 on a walk-off single  in the bottom of the seventh Friday night.

Hamilton was a beast on the mound for the Caps, striking out 7 against only 3 walks.  With a 3-1 lead going into the bottom of seventh, Hamilton looked poised to go the distance and pick up the first win of the season for the Caps.  Broughton’s middle infield, however, made two critical errors allowing Wake Forest to get runners at the corners with only one out.  After a walk to load the bases, Wake Forest’s Davis Powell smacked a timely double to drive in two and tie the game at 3.  After a walk to load the bases again, Wake Forest’s Jeff Leary hit a gapper just beyond the diving reach of Broughton’s Shortstop Penn Sealey to win it.

Overall, it was the best effort of the year for the Caps.  Senior Warren Grady collected a pair of hits and an RBI and Sophomore Penn Sealey added a double for an RBI.  Broughton played inspired defense and made very few mistakes until the last inning.  The Caps battled and appeared to be in control of the game going into the seventh- a task even more impressive given that they had faced a tough Wake Forest hurler, Cuyler O’Neill, who struck out nine Caps in just five innings of work.  Overall there were many positives to build on as the Caps enter into conference play.

Broughton Caps Varsity (Overall 0-4-1 ; Conference 0-1)

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)

Broughton Falls 13-4 to Garner in Hit Parade 

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Wiley Warren Field-  Broughton threw everything but the kitchen sink against Garner on Tuesday afternoon, but that was still not enough as the Trojans amassed 15 hits en route to a 13-4 drubbing of the Caps.

The Caps used seven different pitchers in the contest, trying everything to cool down Garner’s bats, but never found the answer.  Garner’s Nolan McLean and Garrett Capaforte were terrors at the plate, amassing a total of eight hits for the Trojans.  Capaforte was also effective on the mound, holding the Caps to just three runs despite giving up seven hits.

Broughton‘s offense showed signs of life throughout the game.  Despite collecting nine hits, their best effort of the season, the Caps could not get a timely hit when they needed it the most, stranding nine baserunners in the contest.

Despite the loss, the Diamond Caps did show some signs that they are close to putting it together.  Senior Henry Sloan played solid defense in centerfield, collected a hit and scored a run.  Shortstop Penn Sealey had two hits, including an RBI single.  Sophomore Jon Benefield also had an RBI single, his first hit and RBI as a Varsity player.  First Baseman Joe Barrow laid out on an errant throw to record a putout at first that should have made a highlight film.  Sophomore Robert Ramseur provided the Caps seven solid innings of defense behind the plate, particularly challenging given that he caught for seven different pitchers in the contest.

The Caps will try to pick up the pieces Wednesday as they travel to face East Wake at 4:00.  Go Caps!!

Broughton Caps Varsity (Overall 0-2-1 ; Conference 0-0)

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Broughton and Garner Deadlock 9-9 in Shortened Game

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Garner, N.C.-  The Broughton Caps were deadlocked 9-9 with Garner after five innings of play on Friday when the game was postponed due to darkness.

Both teams struggled with very tough playing conditions.  In addition to the temperature, which never reached 50 degrees, there was a strong, swirling wind throughout the game.  It turned into a high scoring affair, even though each team only collected four hits, thanks to errors and walks that accounted for the majority of the scoring.

The Caps managed to get off to an early lead in the first.  After Mathis Dean was hit by a pitch, Kyle Ehlers and Henry Sloan reached on back to back Garner infield errors, enabling Dean to score.  Ehlers crossed home on a passed ball which also allowed Sloan to take third.  Senior Warren Grady then made it a 3-0 game with an RBI single to score Sloan.

Garner got some help in the bottom of the first when their lead-off hitter tagged a fly ball to right that got caught up in the swirling wind and dropped.  After the lead-off hitter advanced to third on a ground ball by the next batter, Garner scored on a passed ball to draw it closer at 3-1.  Garner picked up another run in the first to make it 3-2.

Broughton appeared to blow the game wide open in the top of the second.  After Sophomore Harrison Hemric singled to right and advanced to second on a beautiful sacrifice bunt by DH Jon Benefield, Mathis Dean hammered a ball to right center for a double.  Garner thought that they had a chance to throw out Hemric at the plate, but Hemric slid under the throw and Dean, creating some chaos on the basepaths, took third.  Another Garner error allowed Dean to score.  After Joe Barrow walked and Ehlers was hit by a pitch, yet another Garner error enabled First Baseman Penn Sealey to reach and load the bases.  Garner then walked in a run to make it 6-2 Caps.  The swirling wind wreaked havoc on Garner too, after a pop-up by Senior Jim Woods to shallow right center dropped in after being misplayed by their rightfielder, enabling the Caps to score two more runs.  Broughton took advantage of two more Garner errors in the inning to take a commanding 9-2 lead.

Garner drew closer in the bottom of the second, picking up two runs after taking advantage of 4 walks, two hits, an error and a passed ball.  In the bottom of the third, Garner evened the score at 9-9 after four more Broughton walks, another passed ball, a balk and a timely triple by Garner’s Xavier Bussey.  The sun played a major role in Garner’s comeback as the Caps pitchers struggled with the sun, which was setting just behind home plate.

The fourth and fifth innings settled into a fantastic pitcher’s duel as Garner’s Chris Roddennberry and Freshman Fireballer Nolan McLean and Broughton‘s Kyle Ehlers combined for two shutout innings.  The game was called to darkness in the top of the sixth and will be continued at a later date if necessary.

For the second straight game, Broughton did not excel at the plate, but managed to get timely hits when they counted from the bats of Mathis Dean, Warren Grady and Harrison Hemric.  Joe Barrow made a few great defensive plays, including a head over heels grab of a fly ball in foul territory.  Caps Coach Morton showed a lot of confidence in his team’s versatile defense, playing several players in multiple positions and getting solid play from his scrambled infield.

The Caps host Garner on Tuesday at 4:00 in their home opener.  Game time starts at 4:00– be there!!

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

Broughton Drops Season Opener to Cary

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Cary, N.C.-  Broughton’s 2017 baseball season got off to a rough start on Wednesday afternoon, as the Caps dropped its opener to  the Cary High School Imps 12-1 in a non-conference match-up.

The Caps got off to a slow start, surrendering 4 runs in the bottom of the first inning.  After a lead-off walk, the Imps wasted little time taking control with a RBI triple by Kaden Cotterell.  A Broughton error scored Cotterell and put the speedy Senior Greg Jones on first.  Jones stole second and advanced to third after tagging up on a fly ball to center.  Zach Sides then singled to score Jones and later came home on another Broughton error.

Broughton showed a little life in the top of the second as Senior Henry Sloan tripled and scored on an opposite field single by Catcher Jim Woods to draw closer at 4-1.

Cary answered back in the bottom of the second.  After a two-out single, Cotterell advanced to third on a stolen base and a passed ball.  Jones walked and proceeded to take second.  The Broughton infielders responded and caught Jones in a rundown, however it was not in time to prevent Cotterell from scoring to make it 5-1.

Cary blew the game open in the bottom of the fourth with a parade of seven hits and two walks to take a commanding 12-1 lead.

The Caps had no answer for the big bats of the Imps, who had three players get multiple hits in the contest.  Broughton only collected four hits and played uncharacteristic defense.

Despite the loss, there were several bright spots for the Caps under first year Coach Jere Morton IV.  Sophomore Penn Sealey had a tremendous defensive game at shortstop, adjusting to a difficult hop on a ground ball for an assist in the second and carding two assists and a putout in the third.  Sophomore Pitcher Joe Barrow collected his first hit as a Varsity player with a rocket shot up the middle that glanced off the pitcher who was trying to get out of the way.  Henry Sloan was a solid contributor in centerfield and at the plate and Junior Kyle Ehlers collected a hit and a stolen base.

Broughton will look to rebound on Friday as they travel to face Garner, ranked in the preseason Top-10, at 4:00.
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NEEDHAM B. BROUGHTON HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY BASEBALL ROSTER 2017

# LAST FIRST HT/WT B/T POS CLASS

1 Highsmith Jackson 5’8/135 R/L OF/LHP Junior

3 Benefield Jon 5’9/145 R/R IF/OF Sophomore

4 Hemric Harrison 5’8/155 R/R UTL/RHP Junior

5 Williams Whitty 6’0/150 R/R RHP Senior

7 Dean Mathis 6’1/190 L/L OF/IF Junior

9 Petrie Tobin 5’11/205 R/R OF Junior

10 Woods Jim 5’10/190 R/R C/RHP Senior

11 Grady Warren 5’11/170 L/L OF/LHP Senior

13 Sloan Henry 6’3/165 L/L OF/LHP Senior

14 Dixon Walker 5’11/145 R/R IF/RHP Junior

16 Barrow Joe 6’2/190 R/R IF/RHP Sophomore

17 Ramseur Robert 6’2/170 R/R C/IF Sophomore

18 Sealey Penn 6’3/175 R/R IF/RHP Sophomore

21 Ehlers Kyle 6’0/195 R/R IF/RHP Junior

22 Vinson Chris 6’3/180 R/R OF/RHP Junior

23 Magallanes Miguel 6’1/170 R/R OF/IF Junior

24 Hamilton Xander 6’4/205 L/R OF/RHP Sophomore

26 Cross Jared 6’2/235 R/R RHP Senior

Varsity Schedule
THU. 23-Feb ROLESVILLE AWAY 4:00 SCRIMMAGE
SAT. 25-Feb CARY HOME 2:00 SCRIMMAGE
WED. 1-Mar CARY AWAY 4:00
FRI. 3-Mar GARNER S. GAR HS 4:00
TUE. 7-Mar GARNER HOME 4:00
WED. 8-Mar EAST WAKE AWAY 4:00
FRI. 10-Mar WAKE FOREST AWAY 4:30
TUE. 14-Mar LEESVILLE HOME 4:30
WED. 15-Mar EAST WAKE HOME 4:30 ENDOWMENT
FRI. 17-Mar MILLBROOK AWAY 4:30
TUE. 21-Mar SANDERSON HOME 4:30
THU. 23-Mar WAKEFIELD AWAY 7:00
TUE. 28-Mar ENLOE AWAY 4:30
THU. 30-Mar HERITAGE HOME 4:30
TUE. 4-Apr WAKE FOREST HOME 4:30
THU. 13-Apr ROLESVILLE MHS 7:00 BOBBY MURRAY TOURNAMENT
FRI. 14-Apr SOUTHWEST GUILFORD MHS 4:00 BOBBY MURRAY TOURNAMENT
SAT. 15-Apr TBD MHS TBD BOBBY MURRAY TOURNAMENT
TUE. 18-Apr GREEN HOPE HOME 4:30
WED. 19-Apr LEESVILLE AWAY 4:30
*THU. 20-Apr MILLBROOK NCSU 8:00 ALS AWARENESS
TUE. 25-Apr SANDERSON AWAY 7:00
WED. 26-Apr KNIGHTDALE AWAY 6:00
THU. 27-Apr WAKEFIELD HOME 4:30
TUE. 2-May ENLOE HOME 4:30 SENIOR DAY
THU. 4-May HERITAGE AWAY 7:00
WED. 10-May ROUND 1 PLAYOFFS
SAT. 13-May ROUND 2 PLAYOFFS
TUE. 16-May ROUND 3 PLAYOFFS
FRI. 19-May ROUND 4 PLAYOFFS
MAY 23-27 REGIONAL PLAYOFFS
JUNE 2-3 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
CAP-8 GAMES BOLD

Blayne Brown Free Kids Baseball Camp

The Broughton Baseball family has lost a member, Jackson Williams class of 2014 has passed away at the age of 20. 

The Family would like to invite all of Jackson’s friends to a celebration of his life on Saturday Jan 28th at 3:00pm 

Outside Block Party Celebration
1315 Lutz Ave. Raleigh
3:00pm Sat Jan 28th

John Jackson Williams

Raleigh

Jackson has departed this earth after a much too short life.

He was born in Raleigh on May 30, 1996. He spent his childhood surrounded by a loving family and an incredible extended family of exceptional neighbors and friends. He graduated from Broughton High School and was attending NC State University.

He is survived by his mother, Selina Williams; father, John Howard Williams; and younger brother, James Whitman Williams, for whom Jackson will look over and protect, forever.

He is also survived by adoring grandparents, Donald & Sylvia Perkins; aunt Karen Addison, husband Dave and daughter Lauren; uncle Donald Perkins, Jr. and children Devin and Allison; aunt Jill Newton (Lewandowski) and children William, Caroline and Emily.

Fellow Broughton Baseball Player needs our support

Jere Morton III BHS class of 1977 and father of current head Coach Jere Morton IV needs our support.  Jere had a terrible accident while attending a close family friend’s wedding in Mexico last week.  He had a terrible fall where he hit his head causing multiple areas of bleeding in his brain.  The good news is he is doing much better and is expected to be able to leave the hospital and fly home soon.  The bad news is Jere was between insurance polices at the time and the Hotel / Medical facilities would not do anything until the family authorized them to charge their credit cards to pay for all the treatment.  Now the family has maxed out their credit lines and in need our help.

The Broughton Baseball family has a long history of helping out fellow family members in need.  Please take the time to read the whole story and make a donation to support Jere and his family.  No donation is too small.  Here is the link to the GoFundMe Page.

https://www.gofundme.com/j3s-medical-help-fund

I know Jere and his family will be eternally grateful for what ever you can do to help.