Chattanooga Cyclones: Cyclones News

Thursday, August 25


Thursday, August 25


Monday, August 22
RV Team Practice

Boyd Buchanan Tuesday at 6:00
Thursday at Baylor JV at 6:00

Monday, August 22
K Team Practice

Baylor JV field at 6:00 Tuesday and Wednesday

Monday, August 22
13u Practice

Wednesday 6:00 p.m. at Baylor Middle School field.
Saturday 10:00 a.m at Baylor JV field.

Wednesday, August 10

Schedules will be going out at the first practice if you don’t receive them by email prior thereto. All questions regarding uniforms, practice schedule, etc..that have not already been addressed will be provided at that time.


Tuesday, August 2
5 Cyclones made the 15U WWBA National Championship All-Tournament Team
5 Cyclones made the All-Tournament Team at the 15U WWBA National Championship. Corbin Morrison earned his spot as a pitcher, and Chase Roberts, Dalton Cunningham, Trevor Wiggs, and Ryan Lee made it as position players. Congratulations!

Monday, July 25

9 Cyclones from the lone 16U Team made the 16U WWBA National Championship All-Tournament team. Jonathan Hickman hit .583 with a .833 slugging percentage, Justin Morris hit a .524 with a .714 slugging percentage, Max Riemer hit .417 with a .611 slugging percentage, Teddy Lepcio hit .412 with a .785 slugging percentage and was 3rd in the entire tournament with 12 rbi, and Josh Gibson hit .335 with a .474 on base percentage with 8 rbi. Hickman also made the team as a pitcher as did Caden Sons, Corbin Morrison, Tripp Church, and Jackson Haga. The team was 6-1, losing the pool on a tie-breaker.

Friday, July 15

Joseph Hill visited the University of West Georgia yesterday and today committed to accept a scholarship to continue his education and baseball career. Joseph has been a Cyclone since age 14 and has gotten significantly better every year. He had a good fall season in 2015, an all- region season in the spring of 2016 for Heritage, and a great summer of 2016 drawing the interest of several d-1 and d-2 schools. He has wanted to play at West Georgia for the last year and everyone is excited it has worked out for him at his top choice.

Skip Fite has been at West Georgia for the past 7 seasons and has turned the program into one of the best D-2s in the country. Playing in the Gulf South Conference - universally recognized as the best D-2 conferences in the country - UWG was 42-16 in 2016 earning a South region bid where they finished 3rd out of 7 teams. UWG finished the season ranked #22. We have several other players with upcoming visits schedule.

Congratulations Joseph!


Friday, July 15
The Chattanooga Cyclones 17U Team went to 4-2-1 in the World Wood Bat 17U National Championship, losing the pool on the final day of pool play to the eventual National Champion runner-up South Charlotte Panthers. The Cyclones 16U Team went 6-1 in pool play in the 16U WWBA National Championship, losing in a tie-breaker to the Scorpions South. Combined the 17U and 16U went 10-3-1 at the National Championships. That is by far the best winning percentage of any of the organizations based in the region consisting of the entire eastern half of the Tennessee and the Northwest Georgia area. Only two Tennessee teams had a better winning percentage combined for their top team in each age group-Dulins Dodgers from Memphis and Knights Baseball from Nashville. These are the two age groups and tournaments where we maximize our efforts to win. At the 15U PG and all other tournaments are about development of players. Our system has worked for 24 years and it continues to work. No better time to be a Cyclone!

Wednesday, June 29

Cade Evans was named to the TSWA All-State Baseball team. Teddy Lepcio and Max Riemer were recently named to the Tennessee Super Sophomore team. Congratulations to all 3 of these Cyclones. Congratulations also go out to VMI signee, Quinn Smith, who has taken lessons at RSA for the last 3 years, on making All-State.

Monday, July 11
CYCLONES 17s Finish Summer 26-4-1

The Chattanooga Cyclones 17U Team finished their Summer season at 26-4-1. The team went into the last day of pool play at the Perfect Game WWBA National Championships, needing to defeat the South Charlotte Panthers to win the pool; however, the Panthers were the better team and not only won the pool but ended up finishing second losing in the Championship game to FTB - a team with 18 D-1s.

Thursday, June 23

We have been inundated with requests by parents, not only in this area but all the way into upper east Tennessee and further down into Georgia than usual, that we field more teams in the upcoming seasons. As a result we are going to have teams down to age 12 going forward. We now have good coaches coming and will be able to expand. We are NOT interested in having dad coached teams. Tryout dates for the fall and summer will be posted soon.

Monday, June 13

Former Cyclone Dakota Hudson went in the first round supplemental of the draft to the St. Louis Cardinals at pick number 34. He is the 4th Cyclone to go in the 1st round-an accomplishment very, very few organizations in the country can claim. He is the 52nd Cyclone to be drafted and/or to play professional baseball.

Thursday, May 26
Instructor Matt Roberson Available for Hitting Lessons

New hitting and catching instructor Matt Roberson is available for hitting and catching lessons, immediately. You can utilize your prepaid Cyclones lessons with him.

Contact Matt at (770)355-1945.

Thursday, May 26
Congratulations to 3 McCallie Seniors

McCallie lost 2 games yesterday and was eliminated from the State Playoffs. Three Cyclone Seniors ended great careers with the final loss-Alex Tucker, Carson McKoon, and Jackson Bell. McKoon and Bell pitched well for McCallie. McKoon gave up 3 runs in 7 1/3 IP and Bell gave up no earned runs in 7 IP. Tucker had a crucial 2 rbi hit in game 1 to keep McCallie in the game, and one of McCallie’s 5 hits in the elimination game. They were integral parts of the best 3 year run in McCallie baseball history. Fortunately all 3 will be playing college baseball in the Fall- McKoon at Washington and Lee, Tucker at Furman, and Jackson Bell at Samford.

Monday, November 2
Cade Evans


           Chattanooga Cyclones and Boyd Buchanan junior standout Cade Evans has committed to accept a baseball scholarship offer from Auburn University. Evans, who has been a Cyclone since age 12, was recruited by Tennessee, Coastal Carolina, University of Central Florida, Southern Mississippi and Lee University among others. Evans is new Auburn head coach Butch Thompson’s first commit at Auburn.              

Evans has played on several pool winning Cyclones’ teams which have advanced to the Perfect Game World Wood Bat playoffs in the summer, as well as 2 consecutive Southeastern Qualifier Tournament Championship teams which advanced to the World Wood Bat World Championships in Jupiter, Florida and made several all-tournament teams at the WWB in the process. But his best performance was in the 2015 WWB World Championships several days ago when he hit .714 to lead the tournament with those with 8 or more at bats, lead the tournament in hits at 10 and tied for second in stolen bases with 5. Evans hit .500 as a freshman at Boyd Buchanan, one of only 2 to ever do so at Boyd, and hit .426 last year in helping lead the Buccaneers to the TSSAA state tournament both years making all district and TBCA all-region and all-state for Class A his sophomore year. Evans began switch-hitting late in the spring of 2015 and has continued to do so all summer and fall. Evans has played primarily shortstop for both the Cyclones and Boyd Buchanan but has also pitched and played centerfield.

             George Koontz, general manager of the Cyclones, said of Evans, “ I have been fortunate enough to coach close to 300 players who have obtained scholarships, and players who have done so at 8 different SEC programs and 58 who have played professionally, and Cade Evans is as good of an all-around baseball player as we have ever had. He runs a 6.6 sixty yard dash on a bad day and a 6.5 on a good day, he has touched 86 off the mound and has gotten better hitting everyone of the 12 seasons (summer and fall) he has played with us. He picks up nuances of the game which help him excel and us win which few others notice and is competitive as any player I have ever seen. If he stays healthy, I fully expect him to play in the big leagues within 3- 4 years after he leaves Auburn.”

        Evans is a 3.7 student at Boyd Buchanan and has a 24 ACT . He and his family are members of GraceBridge Church.

Friday, August 7
Rest in Peace Clark

Rest In Peace Clark

          It was a sad, sad day yesterday when we learned that a member of the Cyclone family tragically died in a fire in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Clark Jackson was only 30.

        Clark was a tremendous natural athlete and baseball player. He played shortstop at Red Bank High School where he was All-State but played second base as a Cyclone. He played 4 years as a Cyclone and was on some of the best teams not only in Cyclone’s history, but in the South at that time. One of his best games as a Cyclone came in the last game of the 2002 Fall season against the previously undefeated South Carolina Diamond Devils in Charleston which featured 3 future 1st round draft picks including current big leaguers Matt Wieters and Justin Smoak. We won that game 7-1 behind Blake Carver on the mound. Clark started 3 rallies in that game and had 3 hits, 2 stolen bases,3 runs and 2 great defensive plays. The picture that has headed the website for 13 years is of the team after that game. Clark is the first player from the left on the front row.

         Clark signed with Austin-Peay out of high school. He ultimately turned his efforts to becoming a very accomplished guitarist and made his living as a musician.

         Clark had one of the most contagious smiles and laughs I have ever seen or heard. He was a tremendous storyteller, a truly loyal friend and a great teammate. His dad, Jimmy, was his best friend, biggest fan and was a tremendous supporter of all Clark’s teammates. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jimmy and all of Clark’s family.

          I loved Clark Jackson the player and the person. He will be sorely missed by all those whoever knew him but he will never be forgotten. WE LOVE YOU CLARK, REST IN PEACE!

Examples of Cyclone Alumni


Adkins, Hunter- Middle Tennessee State University (18 Round MLW Brewers) 
Allen, Mathew- Cleveland State Community College
Allen, Michael- Cleveland State Community College


Bales, Jeremy- Lee University
Ball, Shawn- Kennesaw State University
Banks, Dave- Wofford University
Barker, Craig- Cleveland State Community College
Baugh, Garrett- Tennessee Tech University
Belk, J.J.- University of Alabama in Huntsville
Bell, Jackson- Samford University
Brody, Binder- Troy University
T.J., Binder- Troy University
Boggs, Mitchell- University of Georgia (5th Round STL Cardinals)
Bonner, John- Tennessee Wesleyan University
Brand, Cole- (42 Round STL Cardinals)
Brewster, Cameron- Cleveland State Community College
Brogden, Sheldon- Chattanooga State Junior College
Brown, Michael- Lee University
Brown, Steven- Bryan College
Burke, Jeff- Boston College (32nd Round SF Giants)
Burk, Kyler- (1st Round SD Padres)


Caffrey, Chris- Cleveland State Community College
Callaway, Chris- Unversity of West Georgia
Carver, Blake- Auburn University
Casteel, Ryan- University of Tennessee (17th Round Colorado Rockies)
Celis, Rafael- Southern Polytechnical University
Charles, Chris- Southern Union Community College
Clabo, Cullen- Cleveland State Community College
Clinard, Jon- Austin Peay University
Coley, Randall- Cleveland State Community College
Collins, Caleb- Cleveland State Community College
Commons, Cody- Cleveland State Community College
Cooper, Will- Vanderbilt University
Craig, Dylan- Belmont University


Darras, Alex- Furman University (Football)
Davis, Jason- Cleveland State Community College (21st Round Cleveland Indians)
Dotson, Brad- Carson Newman University


Ervin, Myles- Middle Tennessee State University
Eskew, David- Lee University


Farrow, Brandon- Young Harris Community College
Fowlkes, James- Lee University
Fraser, Ryan- Kennesaw State University (16th Round New York Mets)
Fromm, Chad- Belmont Universtiy


Gearrin, Cory- Mercer University (4th Round Atlanta Braves)
Gibson, Lee- Troy University
Gorka, Keith- Cleveland State Community College
Green, Josh- Carson Newman University


Harper, Jamie- Lee University
Harrison, Kyle- Georgia Southern
Hennen, Andrew- Cleveland State Community College
Henry, Tyler- University of Kentucky
Hensley, Jarrod- Jefferson State
Higdon, Justin- Carson Newman University
Higgins, Jim- Cleveland State Comunity College
Hill, Noah- Cleveland State Community College
Hindman, Adam- Cleveland State Community College
Hodges, Wes- Georgia Tech University (2nd Round Cleveland Indians)
Howard, Adam- Walter State CC (44th Round Arizona Diamondbacks)
Howard, Daniel- Lee University
Hudson, Dakota- Mississippi State University (1st Round Stl Cardinals)
Hudson, Hunter- Tennessee Tech University
Hutchinson, Gray- Valdosta State Universtiy
Hunter, Mark- Cleveland State Community College


Jackson, Clark- Austin Peay University
Johnson, Ryan- Cleveland State Community College
Jones, Dave- Lee University
Jones, Ryan- University of Tennessee


Kilgore, Tyler- Cleveland State Community College
King, Jonathan- Young Harris Junior Harris
Kirby, Jon- Lee University


Langston, Brandon- Kennesaw State University
Lee, Lauren- East Tennessee State University (Softball)
Leffew, Zane- Cleveland State Community College
Loy, Brad- Young Harris Junior College


Mason, Dave- Lee University
Meade, David- (1st Round Texas Rangers)
Mercer, Hunter- Troy University
McClain, Jackson- Yale University
McDade, Blake- Middle Tennessee State University (20th Round Colorado Rockies)
McGinnis, Dakota- Cleveland State Community College
McKinney, Josh- Wofford
McKoon, Carson- Washington and Lee University
McNeece, Wayne- North Florida Community College
Minor, Mike- Vanderbilt University (#7 Pick Overall Atlanta Braves)
Montgomery, Russell- Lee University
Moore, Tanner- Lee University
Morrow, John- Cleveland State Community College


Newson, Iziah- University of Tennessee


Oliver, Hunter- North West Florida Junior College 



Paris, Dylan- Carson Newman
Price, Dakota- Cleveland State Community College


Radar, Brandon- Cleveland State Community College
Ray, Matt- University of Central Florida
Rhinehart, Cody- Bryan College
Rich, Gabe- Cleveland State Community College
Roberts, Tyler- Universtiy of Memphis
Root, Andrew- Cleveland State Community College
Rose, Pat- Walter State Community College
Rose, Scott- Chattanooga State Junior College 


Selby, Seth- Freed-Hardeman University
Shaver, Andrew- Lee University
Shelby, Chuck- Lurleen B. Wallace Junior College
Shugart, Derek- Cleveland State Community College
Simmons, Aaron- Lee University
Simmons, Kane- Belmont University
Simmons, Logan- Belmont University
Simmons, Travis- Lee University (45th Round Detroit Tigers)
Spangler, Jason- Lee University
Spangler, Patrick- Lee University
Speicher, Ethan- Berry University
Stafford, Tyler- Lee University
Starr, Ethan- Vol State Community College
Stephans, Zack- Tennessee Tech University
Stone, Zane- University of Tennessee


Talley, Matt- Lurleen B. Wallace Community College
Teaford, Everett- Georgia Southern University (12th Round Kansas City Royals)
Thomas, Bryce- Carson Newman University
Timm, David- University of Georgia
Tommey, Dustin- Cleveland State Community College
Toth, Drew- Tennessee Tech University
Towne, Bobby- Cleveland State Community College
Trent, Adam- Young Harris Community College (8th Round Detroit Tigers)
Trent, Craig- Lee University
Tricoglou, Jamie- Kennesaw State University (6th Round Colorado Rockies)
Tucker, Alex- Furman University
Turner, Brandon- Mississippi State University (12th Round Florida Marlins)


Vinson, Ryan- University of Alabama in Huntsville


Westfield, Antonio- 48th Round Pittsburg Pirates
Westmoreland, Eric- University of Tennessee (Jacksonville Jaguars)
Whitmire, Jordan- Cleveland State Community College
Wilkes, Ryan- University of Kentucky
Williams, Charles- Liscomb University
Williams, Drew- Lee University
Wilson, Ben- Lee University
Winstead, Blake- Carson Newman University