CEDAR FALLS — Cedar Falls has shown it can play with the top baseball teams in the state.
Lately, however, the Tigers haven’t shown they can beat them.
Class 2A’s sixth-ranked Cascade (23-6) handed Cedar Falls a 6-3 defeat Saturday at Robinson-Dresser Complex. That came on the heels of a pair of tough defeats Friday to No. 9 Dubuque Wahlert.
Brock Simon’s two-run single staked Cascade to a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth Saturday.
The Tigers answered in the bottom half of the inning when Connor Schultz doubled and scored on Casey Sole’s single. Sole later scored on a wild pitch to tie the game.
“He (Sole) shows great potential,” said Cedar Falls head coach Nick Klein of his sophomore catcher. “Casey has definitely carried us at times this year.”
Pitchers Avery Bauer of Cedar Falls and Simon of the Cougars continued the 2-2 dual into the sixth when Bauer gave up a pair of hard-luck runs.
Ben Stecklein singled and Haris Hoffman drew a walk before Blake Simon brought them home with a wind-aided triple.
“Unfortunately for Avery (Bauer), he almost got out of the jam in the sixth,” said Klein. “The ball just caught the wind and carried and carried and that’s how they got the runs they needed.”
A wild pitch let in another run for a 5-2 Cascade edge, and Bryce Simon homered in the seventh for a 6-2 cushion.
Cedar Falls scored a comeback tally in the bottom of the final frame when Kane Fairman doubled and scored on an RBI hit by Andrew Sandvold, but that was all the Tigers could get.
Now 15-13-1, Cedar Falls is stuck in a five-game losing streak as the regular season winds down.
“No losing streak’s ever a good one and it’s something to be concerned about,” said Klein. “We have things in mind we want to accomplish and there’s not a lot of making it happen.
“It’s flat-out time to get it done and these guys to elevate their play. We’re at a situation where it’s time for guys to perform, period.”
Cascade 6, Cedar Falls 3
Cascade 000 203 1 — 6 7 2
Cedar Falls 000 200 1 — 3 5 1
WP—Brock Simon. LP—Avery Bauer. 2B—Austin Marchesani (CF). 3B—Blake Simon (CWD). HR—Bryce Simon (CWD).