Errors lead to Champs’ loss
Brandon Bassham has seen positives from his team in recent losses.
His team has delivered quality pitching and connected on timely hitting, but miscues in the field have proven costly.
That same story was again the issue on Monday night when Cascade (4-5) hosted the Middle Tennessee Monarchs in an 8-5 loss.
“I like the way we’re battling back. That’s two games in a row we’ve got down early, battled back and tied it or took the lead. There’s positives there, we’re just not finishing,” Bassham said.
Cascade found itself in an early hole when the Monarchs jumped on senior lefty Cole Tune in the top of the first frame.
The Monarchs plated two runs on two errors in the field by the Champions.
Ater surrendering two runs, Tune knuckled down and fired across three-straight strikeouts to minimize the damage.
Cascade went on to cut the lead in half on a single to center field by Coby Presley.
The Monarchs however answered with another run on a miscue on a passed ball.
Still, Tune was able to work his final two innings on the mound and prevent any further scoring by the Monarchs before he turned the mound over to Conner Marlin in relief.
Errors by the Monarchs allowed Cascade to score a second run in the bottom of the fourth.
After an error at first, Cascade plated its second score of the game after a first and third situation allowed Cade Whitson to cross the plate.
Tune knocked in the tying run when he ground into a fielder’s choice.
Though Cascade tied the game at three apiece, the Monarchs again took the lead in the bottom of the inning on when a bunt single allowed the go-ahead run to score.
Trailing 4-3, Cascade’s timely hitting came through in the bottom of the sixth.
Jamison Plemons was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and later scored on a hit that fell in for a single by short stop Colby Melson.
Melson later scored on a single by Tune to right, giving Cascade a 5-4 lead.
Needing just three outs, the Monarchs once again took advantage of Champion errors in the field and scored four runs to put the game out of reach.
Tune pitched four strong innings for Cascade and other than a shaky first, pitched well for Cascade.
He struck out 10 and gave up just one earned run.
He helped his own effort at the plate with a pair of hits and two RBIs.
“There’s positives there, we’re just not finishing. We’re getting good enough pitching and timely hitting, we’re just not playing well enough defensively. That’s where we have to get better,” Bassham said.
On the road
Cascade will hit the road for the remainder of the week and travel to the Lookout Valley Classic, which Bassham says will give his team an opportunity to work on different lineups and plug the errors in the field.
“That’s always a good trip with a lot of team building and team bonding. We’re still searching for the right nine and in the right lineup and hopefully in this trip, along with those things, we can figure it out. We have to get better defensively that’s the thing we have to do,” he said.
Monarchs 210 010 4 — 8 2 2
Cascade 100 202 0 — 5 7 5
Cascade: Colby Melson 2-for-4, Cole Tune 2-for-4, Coby Presley 1-for-3, Matthew Pilkington 1-for-4, Cade Whitson 1-for-1.