Effort to the end: Cascade's state run closes with 11-inning heartbreaker
MURFREESBORO -- Cascade's amazing postseason run ended in heartbreaking fashion Thursday as the Knoxville Catholic Fighting Irish edged the Champions 6-5 in an 11-inning winner's bracket final of the TSSAA Class 2A State Baseball Tournament at Blackman High School...
Victory puts Cascade one more win away from 2A title game
MURFREESBORO -- When the postseason began nearly three weeks ago, not many would have considered the No. 5 seeded Cascade Champions as much of a postseason threat. Those very same Champions (28-12) are now just one win away from a Class 2A state championship appearance...
Cascade scores first state tournament win behind Gardner
MURFREESBORO -- Cascade ace Sam Gardner probably could have called it a night after six innings of shutout baseball against Lexington (23-15) in the opening round of the Class 2A state tournament on Tuesday evening -- but he didn't. Facing a high pitch count, Gardner returned to the mound in the top of the seventh and finished the Champions' 2-0 win over the Tigers...
STATE BOUND: Gardner's amazing night propels Champs' sectional win
It was a night and a postseason for the ages. Two weeks ago, the Cascade Champions played their first game in the postseason, starting as the number five seed in the District 12-AA Tournament. After the dust had settled two weeks later, the Champions are headed to the TSSAA Class 2A State Tournament...
REGION CHAMPS; Cascade trounces CPA, will host substate
NASHVILLE -- The Cascade Champions have known for a while they have a special team. Now some of the top talent in the state is getting the message as well. In Wednesday's Region 6-AA title game, the Cascade Champions (25-12) avenged a 7-1 District 12-AA championship loss from a week ago and claimed the school's first title since moving up to Class 2A with a 7-2 win over the CPA Lions (27-10)...
Cascade beats CPA 7-2 to claim region title
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Gardner's effort lifts Champs; Win sends Cascade into region rematch with CPA
CUNNINGHAM -- Brandon Bassham knew his team was special coming into the 2015 postseason. Now the Champions are just two games away from making it a really special year. "We'd love to win Wednesday and play at home on Friday, but this at least assures us a Friday and gives us a chance to be seven innings from really making this a special year. It's already been a great ride. I told them lets take it from a good year to a really great and special year," he said...
Cinderella runs continue for Viqueens, Champs
At the beginning of the 2015 baseball and softball seasons, not a lot of people would have given much credit to the Community Viqueens and Cascade Champions advancing to region play after a stellar district tournament showing. Community qualified for a Region 5-A berth after defeating the Moore County Raiderettes, 4-2, in the consolation finals of the District 9-A tournament last week...
CPA coasts off early momentum, downs Cascade
NASHVILLE -- In the District 12-AA title game, the CPA Lions jumped No. 5 seed Cascade early and never let up in the 7-1 win. From the first inning, the Lions took an early control and never let go of the momentum. "Any time you play for a gold trophy, you hope you can bring your A-game and your emotion. All three times we've played them they've come out early and kind of smacked us in the mouth," said Cascade coach Brandon Bassham...
Lady Champs can't overcome errors
SPRING HILL -- The Cascade Lady Champion suffered a disappointing end to the 2015 season on Tueday evening at Spring Hill. Despite scoring the game's first run, Cascade committed a crushing six errors in the field that allowed the Lady Raiders to coast to the 9-5 win over the Lady Champions...
One run sends Champs to 12-AA title showdown
SPRING HILL -- On Friday night against Spring Hill, senior Sam Gardner carried the team through seven innings before turning the ball over to fellow senior Chandler Monajjem to close out the game in relief work. On Monday night, Gardner picked up Monajjem and preserved his one-run lead for the victory over Marshall County, sending Cascade (23-11) to the District 12-AA title game on Tuesday evening at CPA...
Champs shock Raiders in 9th
SPRING HILL -- With two outs, two strikes and a one-run lead on Friday night over Spring Hill, Raider designated hitter Bryson Thomas scorched a game-tying RBI double to the center-field fence off Cascade ace Sam Gardner. Though Gardner lasted seven stellar innings, the Champions (22-11) were eventually forced to turn to relief work on the mound in the top of the eighth inning...
Page gets back at Lady Champs
Just two days after claiming an 11-1 win over the Page Lady Patriots, Page got its payback with an 8-0 win over the Lady Champions in the District 12-AA tournament. The Lady Patriots hammered starter Summer Carter for 12 hits and knocked in eight runs, four of which were earned in the defeat...
Champs tame Tigers in 12-AA
LEWISBURG -- Heath Presley got plenty of offensive support in Thursday's District 12-AA tournament opener at Marshall County. He didn't need much, though. The Champion senior twirled a four-hit gem and struck out nine in Cascade's 6-2 victory over the Tigers in the opening round of the District 12-AA tournament...
Lady Champs blow out Page on Senior Night
Cascade sent its four seniors out on a high note Wednesday evening, wrapping up the regular season with an 11-1 drubbing of Page on senior night. While it was a night to honor seniors Summer Carter, Heather Hart and Sarah Edmondson, Hart has been unable to play for the past two seasons due to torn ACLs...
Champs claim 20th win
Five different Champion pitchers combined to throw a two-hitter on Monday evening in Cascade's regular season finale at Mt. Pleasant. The Champions finally picked up their 20th win of the season and defeated the Tigers 12-1. Senior Sam Gardner got the start on Monday and struck out the side to begin the game...
Champs still chase 20th win
Cascade's 20th win of the season continues to elude the Champions. On Friday night, the Central Magnet School Tigers (24-5) capitalized off a big first inning and coasted to a 6-3 win over the Champions. Sophomore Seth Gardner got the start for Cascade and after a shaky first inning, settled in through the next three scoreless innings...
Champs honor seniors
On senior night, the Cascade Champions claimed a 2-0 win over Spring Hill with a pair of goals from Braxton Beebe and
Jack Rose. Those seniors honored before Wednesday's game are Caleb Miller, Grant Snell, Simon Kuhn, Tyler Braun,
Beebe, Baron Hoffmeister, Rose, and Zachary Sterchak. (T-G Photo by Chris Siers)
Fight falls short in Champs' loss
Things spiraled out of control rather quickly for the Cascade Champions on Senior Night against the Forrest Rockets on Thursday evening. Even falling behind 10-3 after two innings, the Champions battled back, but ultimately couldn't finish the rally and fell 11-7...
Champs fight back in close loss
The CPA Lions came out swinging on Wednesday afternoon at Cascade. In their first two at-bats, the Lions (21-9, 7-3 12-AA) doubled and homered off senior starter Chandler Monajjem to take an early 2-0 lead. After the rough start, Champion coach Brandon Bassham challenged his starter to compete, and that's just what he did...
Carter homers, but Lady Champs fall
Giles County pitcher Mary Beth Brumit kept the Cascade Lady Champion bat quiet for nearly six innings on Tuesday night. Trailing 4-0, Cascade senior Summer Carter came through with a three-run blast to center field, but couldn't finish off the rally...
Late rally pushes Champs past Tigers
LEWISBURG -- The Cascade Champions got a strong start on the mound from senior Heath Presley and were able to orchestrate a late-game rally on Tuesday night at Marshall County to inch up a half game in the 12-AA standings with a 4-1 win over the Tigers...
Errors add up for Champions vs. Marshall Co.
It was an uncharacteristic showing by the Cascade Champions in a 6-1 loss against Marshall County on Monday night. The Champions committed a crushing four errors that allowed the Tigers to blow the game open. Starting pitcher Sam Gardner kept the Tigers scoreless for two innings before Marshall County was able to break through in the top of the third inning...
Finally...a baseball game: Champs one-hit Cannon County
It's been a long, frustrating week for area teams with constant rain fall making fields unplayable. With a break in the weather on Friday, the Cascade Champions were able to play their first game in three days. Senior starter Heath Presley limited the Cannon County Lions (7-13) to just one hit in the Champs' 2-0 win in the Walking Horse Classic...
Lady Champs rally past Spring Hill
Cascade senior pitcher Summer Carter sat down the first nine batters faced on Tuesday evening against Spring Hill. Though she was perfect through three innings, the Lady Raiders rallied and scored two in the top of the fourth inning. But that wasn't enough to fend off a three-run fifth inning as the Lady Champions picked up another District 12-AA victory, 4-2...