Cassius Marsh crowned Training Camp Home Run Derby champion

Posted Aug 13, 2014

Rookie defensive end Cassius Marsh claimed the Home Run Derby title on Tuesday night to close out "Competition Wednesday" at Seahawks headquarters.

For the first time in the history of head coach Pete Carroll's training camp Home Run Derby, the champion comes from a position group other than the quarterbacks.

Rookie Cassius Marsh came out on top of this year's competition, sacking the title for the Seahawks defensive ends.

The past four battles have been won by the team's quarterbacks, with former Seahawk Charlie Whitehurst claiming the crown in 2010 and 2011, and the former professional baseball-playing Russell Wilson bringing home the spoils for the Seattle signal callers in 2012 and 2013.

But on Tuesday night, under the lights of the Seahawks' indoor practice facility (IPF) at Virginia Mason Athletic Center, Marsh's single moon shot in the bracket's final round was enough to do in his competition. Allotted three "outs" each, wide receiver Bryan Walters, cornerback Richard Sherman, tight end Luke Willson, and long snapper Clint Gresham couldn't muster up a dinger with the match on the line.

The loss would cut particularly deep with special teams rep Gresham, the Seahawks fifth-year pro who fell to Wilson in the final round of last year's derby.

"I don't think I've ever been more disappointed," Gresham said of his back-to-back derby defeats. "Like I said the other day, I know football is very important, but now I know how to spend my offseason - get ready for the home run derby next year. There were some great competitors out there."

Outside of Marsh (defensive line), Walters (wide receivers), Sherman (defensive backs), Willson (tight ends), and Gresham (special teams), position groups were represented by Eric Winston (offensive line), Jackson Jeffcoat (linebackers), Christine Michael (running backs), and B.J. Daniels (quarterbacks). Players teed off from the northern-most 45-yard line, sending softballs 200-plus feet into the walls, windows, and ceiling of the IPF.

The fifth-annual slugfest brought a fun and fitting end to what was labeled a "Competition Wednesday" on the Carroll-calendar, with the Seahawks readying to face the San Diego Chargers on Friday night at Seattle's CenturyLink Field.