Spotlight shining on Cubs Southern League champs

Tennessee sweeps Pensacola to win first outright SL title since 1978.
Tennessee sweeps Pensacola to win first outright title since 1978.
Published: Sep. 26, 2023 at 9:55 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 28, 2023 at 1:26 AM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - For the first time in 45 years the Tennessee Smokies have won the Southern League Championship. The Smokies beat Pensacola by a final of 10-3 to sweep the Blue Wahoos while enacting revenge for last season. As excited as anyone is team president Chris Allen as is the Cubs organization itself.

A lot of terrific prospects in the Chicago Cubs organization, which bodes well for another strong smokies season in 2024.


Tennessee scored three runs in the 3rd and four more in the 6th to put away the Pensacola Blue Wahoos Tuesday night.

History would not repeat itself as it was the Wahoos taking two of three last season to win the SL Title. However, thanks to clutch hitting and the pitching of Cubs top prospect Cade Horton, Tennessee was able to take care of business and sweep the Blue Wahoos two games to none.

The Smokies had not won an undisputed Southern League title since they were the Knoxville Sox back in 1978.

They were named co-champions in 2004 when the title series was canceled because of Hurricane Ivan.