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.

 

Thank You Coach Jones & Welcome Coach Morton

I just wanted to take this time and thank Coach Harry Jones for his service to Broughton High School and the Baseball program.  After careful consideration Coach Jones has decided to step down as the Broughton Baseball Head Coach to pursue other interests.  Coach Jones has instilled excellence into the program both on and off the field, his presence will be missed.  The vacancy will be filled by JV Head Coach Jere Morton IV.

18814Coach Jere Morton IV has headed up the JV program for the last two years.  Coach Morton is a Raleigh Native who graduated from Cary HS in 2003 and NC State in 2008.  His wife Brooke and 2yr old daughter Malaney currently reside in Fuquay Varina.  Jere is a special education teacher at BHS and has a passion for helping students with needs.  Coach Morton “I want to honor my family name and be a positive reflection of where I come from.  As a coach at Broughton, I respect those that have coached before me, those who have played for the Purple and Gold, and therefore I want to make them all proud by making Broughton a winning program both on the field and in the community.  Last but not least, as a teacher at Broughton, I want be the best teacher I can be because of the excellence that is associated with the staff and faculty at BHS.”

– Born in Raleigh, NC
– Attended Martin Middle
– Graduate of Cary HS (Short Stop/Pitcher) 2003
– Graduate of Lenoir Community College (Pitcher) 2005
– Graduate of NC State University, B.S. Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management 2008
– Completing Masters Degree in Special Education from UNC-Charlotte, expected graduation Fall 2017
– Teacher at Broughton High School — Special Education Department
– Played in 2001 Junior Olympics
– Played in 2004 Junior College World Series
– Previous Coaching Jobs:
Cary HS (Varsity Assistant Coach — 2008)
Cary Junior American Legion Baseball (Assistant Coach 2008-2009)
Middle Creek High School (Varsity Assistant Coach 2010-2012)
Carolina Lake Monsters Showcase (Head Coach 2008-2009)
Carolina Ravens Showcase (Head Coach 2009-2010)
Cary Senior Babe Ruth (Head Coach 2011-2013)
Wake Tech Community College (Assistant Coach/Pitching Coach/Recruiting Coordinator 2013-2014)
Broughton HS (JV Head Coach 2015-2016)
– Town of Cary Lead Baseball Instructor
– NC State University Baseball Camp Instructor (3 years)
– State Championships: 2008 (Cary Junior Legion), 2012 & 2013 (Cary Senior Babe Ruth), 2012 4A (Middle Creek HS)
– Father graduated from Broughton in 1977 and played baseball for the Caps

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.

Go Caps!

Record – Overall (7-17)  Conference (3-11)

JV Recap
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.

Caps Defeat Eagles      

Broughton played solid baseball in defeating Enloe 10-3 in front of a large crowd on Eagle Senior Day.  Mathis Dean (Soph. 1B) led the offense with four hits, Dylan Lamm (Sr. LF) reached base five times, Cam Epperson (Sr. DH) four times, and senior pitcher Will Baldwin struck out 11 in throwing a complete game.

After a scoreless 1st, Epperson singled to start the 2nd, Dean reached on an error, Lamm walked, Harrison Hemric (Soph. 2B) had an RBI ground out scoring Epperson, Penn Sealey (Fr. SS) walked but the bases were left loaded.  In the 3rd, Kyle Ehlers (Soph. 3B) got things going with a single and stole second, Epperson walked, Dean had an RBI single scoring Ehlers, Dean stole second, Thomas Walden (Sr. CF) reached on an error then stole second, Lamm walked to load the bases but the Caps left three on base for the second consecutive inning.

Eagle players and fans got boisterous after scoring three in the 3rd to take a 3-2 lead.  The score remained 3-2 until Broughton scored three in the 5th.  Epperson collected his second single of the game to start the inning, Dean had a shot over the center fielder’s head to knock in Epperson for the tying run, Walden (Sr. CF) walked and stole second, Lamm walked to load the bases, Baldwin was hit by a pitch scoring Dean, and Warren Grady walked with the bases loaded to score Walden as the Caps regained the lead for good, 5-3.

Epperson walked for the second time to lead off the 6th, and was replaced by pinch runner Will Gilchrist (Jr.), Dean collected his third hit of the game and Walden singled to load the bases.  Lamm walked for the 4th time scoring Gilchrist to make it 6-3 Caps, but again the bases were left loaded.  Baldwin retired the Eagles in order in the 5th and struck out the side in the 6th.

Broughton’s last at bat started with a single by Baldwin.  Grady followed with a nice bunt single as Baldwin was able to reach 3rd as the third baseman charged to field the bunt, then scored on a wild throw to 3rd.  Dean’s 4th hit of the day knocked in Grady then Walden followed with a walk.  Lamm came to the plate for his 5th at bat of the game.  Instead of drawing what would have certainly been a Broughton record of five walks in a game, he decided to rip a single to right driving in Dean and Walden to make it 10-3 Broughton.

Defensive highlights: Nice running catch in center by Walden, and a solid performance behind the plate by freshman catcher Robert Ramseur.

The Caps will wrap up the 2016 Season this Thursday, May 5th at home vs. Heritage @ 4:00.

Senior Day will honor:

Cam Epperson
Dylan Lamm
Eli DeJesus
George House
Jacob McCaslin
Thomas Walden
Will Baldwin

Record – Overall (7-16)  Conference (3-10)

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