Lady Champs blow out Page on Senior Night

Thursday, April 30, 2015
After their 11-1 win over Page on Wednesday, Cascade seniors (from left) manager Emily Presley, Sarah Edmondson, Heather Hart and Summer Carter were honored for their efforts in a Lady Champion uniform. (T-G Photos by Chris Siers)

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.

It seems only fitting that doctors cleared Hart to participate by batting on Wednesday night.

Almost out

In her lone at-bat, Hart squared up a pitch that nearly left the yard, but flied out to right field in the bottom of the fourth inning.

"The doctor released her today--I thought it was gone," said Lady Champion coach Willie Carter.

While Hart was unable to add to the Cascade offensive onslaught, the Lady Champions were able to score in each of the five innings on Wednesday before reaching the 10-run rule limit.

Three-run first

Heather Hart puts the bat on ball for the first time in nearly two years in a Lady Champion uniform and just misses a home run to right field. (T-G Photo by Chris Siers)

The Lady Champions put three on the board in the bottom of the first inning, including one off an RBI single to left by Katelyn Jarrell.

Cascade got two more when short stop Kristen Heath reached via Lady Patriot error, which scored two more runs.

Cascade went on to add one in the second, four in the third, one in the fourth and two final runs in the fifth to force the game's end.

It wasn't just a stand out effort by one or two, Cascade got production from top to bottom in the lineup.

Perfect night

Sydney Smith had a perfect night at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a sacrifice to her credit, while Heath was a home run shy of the cycle.

The seniors helped their own cause too. Carter had a pair of hits with a RBI while Edmondson was able to knock in a run as well.

Carter pitched well for Cascade, allowing just four hits but gave up a single run to the Lady Patriots.

She also struck out four, but had two separate 1-2-3 innings in the win as well.

Left their mark

While Cascade graduates the three seniors this year, Carter says their presence will be missed going forward next season.

"Summer is a work horse and Sarah is a sparkplug for us by keeping everyone's head in the game.

The leadership is the biggest thing with these seniors," he said.

Still teammates

Though their time in a Lady Champion uniform is nearing an end, Carter and Hart will remain teammates next season at Motlow State Community College.

"With these two (Carter, Hart) Coach Raby will see the leadership they have over there. With Sarah, we'll miss her leadership too."

Cascade will return home on Friday for the District 12-AA tournament, once again hosting Page at approximately 6 p.m.

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Cascade: Sydney Smith 3-for-3, Juli Jones 2-for-4, Katelyn Jarrell 1-for-4,Summer Carter 2-for-4, Kristen Heath 3-for-4, Abi Jones 1-for-2, Sarah Beth Thomas 2-for-2, Bailey Sudduth 1-for-3.

WP: Carter

LP: Marlin