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Page 4 Section 2 Free Press Thursday, April 23, 2015 amine or ical By PAUL DELANEY ring in the opening game of Saturday's Staft Reporter pair, smacking a two-run home run to left The bats were either booming, or field in the bottom of the fourth inning to deathly quiet last week for the Medical put the Cardinals up 124. She finished Lake girls' softball team. the morning going 3 for 4 with the homer, The week started and ended in a single and a double and three RBIs. a similar fashion - with one-sided Medical Lake (4-1, 5-2) scored six losses and dominating pitching per- runs in their first at bat and were never formances by the opposition. In those threatened. games, the Cardinals were beaten 12-3 "Our bats at times can be very by Chewelah in a Northeast A League explosive, with lots of extra base hits," game April 14 and 11-1 by visiting Lake- Blakely said. "The offense had a good land from Rathdrum, Idaho in an April day." Hamby finished 2 for 4 with a dou- 20 nonleague outing, ble. Hannah Petek and Alex Steinmetz Sandwiched in between was a dou- both went 2 for 3 with Petek adding three bleheader sweep of Freeman 154 and RBIs and Steinmetz contributing two. 14-4 last Saturday in Medical Lake. Lorren Johnson was brought up from "We were outplayed up in the the junior varsity team and caught both Chewelah game," Medical Lake headgames. "She did a good job behind the coach Tim Blakely said. "They shut plate for us," Blakely said. down our offensive attack, while In the second game the Cardinals' ex- our defense made some mistakes plosion came a little later, this time in the and Chewelah took full advantage of third inning for eight runs as Medical Lake that." sent 14 batters to the plate. Taylor Pavao Chewelah (1-4 NEA, 5-4 overall) caught fire in the second game going 3 for erased a 1-0 Medical Lake lead with a 3 with a triple. pair of runs.in the bottom of the first and In Monday' s contest with the Lakeland scored in every inning but the seventh. Hawks, the Cardinals trailed early and Jaelynn Skok hurt the Cardinals both were held in check by the pitching duo of at the plate where she went 3 for 4 and Brittany Charles and Karl Prockish who on the mound by tossing six strikeouts, surrendered just one hit. "Lakeland pitch- Krislyn Koler was 4 for 4. ing almost completely shut down our of- Glori Cheevers and Chelsea Hamby fense, Blakely said. Cheevers' single was each had a pair of hits for Medical the lone ML hit. Lake with one of Cheevers' hits being This week's games are all on the road a triple, and included an April 21 trip to Riverside Cheeverscontinuedherlong-ballhit-(1-2, 6-2) followed by doubleheader Sat- Photo by Paul D~laney Medical Lake's Hannah Petek wings the ball back into the infield following a Lakeland base hitthispastMondayinthe Cardinals'11-1 nonleaguelosst0the Hawks. urday at Lakeside (5-0, 8-2) begirming at "Lakeside is a very good team, weI will 3 p.m. have to come to the softball field and be "With first place up for grabs we prepared for every game'." have to play our best softball through- Paul Delaney can be reached at out the rest of the season," Blakely said. pdelaney@cheney.freepress.com. Cardinals' bound' t collect NEA plit with Freeman By PAUL DELANEY top of the seventh inning Cory Wagner who surren- Staft Reporter and breezed to a 6-0 victory dered just four hits, but was Rebounding is gener- in the opener, dogged by seven errors ally a term reserved for "That score was cer- behind him. basketball, tainly not indicative of how "He pitched so great ButfortheMedicalLake that game was played," but so did Jake Phipps from baseball team, rebounding Cardinals' head coach Ker- Freeman," Kelly said. "He's meant being able to quiddy ry Kelly said. had a couple of those. He's bounce back from a tough Of course it didn't hurt always going against their loss, fix what went wrong that the Scotties' pitch- No.1 (so) we know it's go- and win a key Northeast A ing tandem of starter Jake ing to be a tough game." League game. Phipps, with an inning ofWhile Freeman pitching That exercise took place relief from McKabe Cot-totally controlled theMedi- last Saturday afternoon at trell, no-hit the Cardinals cal Lake offense, Kelly said Holliday Field in Medical (5-3 NEA, 7-7 overall)."We were really so close, Lake where the Cardinals Lost in the glow of thewe had a couple of times." pretty much wa~_hed hap- Freemanno-no wastheef- Wagnerwas robbed twice lessly as the Freeman Scot- fort - again - from Medi- of likely doubles down the 'fi ' Scored fiVe rtms in the cal Lake starting pitcher line, his coach said. .Medical Lake mission at track accomplishes Invitational By PAUL DELANEY to the best of their ability Staff Reporter against top competition," Members of the Medi- Blankenship said. clocked a 13.40 second ef- fort. Mariah Pena recorded a time of 2 minutes, 24.91 Cal Lake High School track Medical Lake's boys team had one goal in mind reeled off a series of good the 800-meters. "Those are when they ventured to the performances at Edgarthis year's bests, they're elite competition found at Brown Stadium. not their PRs (personal the Pasco invitational. Domenic Rehm set a records)," Blankenship Itwassimplytogetbet- school record in the 1,600 explained. ter, and according to head meterswithaKmeof4min- "Hopefully it prepares coach Gene Blankenship ute, 21.86 seconds. Rehm's the competitors for districts they did just that. 4:23.49 in the mile was also and state," Blankenship With 60boys' teams and a record. Micah Dingfield's said. But before that comes another 56 on the girls" side, 4:34.16 time in the 1,600 the Northeast A League the Cardinals chose not to was his personal best. dual-meet schedule. Medi- chase team points, won by In field events, Elijah cal Lake traveled to New- 4A schools, Wenatchee in Farmen recorded a per- port to face off against the boys and Kamiakin girls, sonal best in the javelin hosts and Freeman April "The whole purpose of with a throw of 164 feet, 22 and are home Tuesday, going there is to have the, 10'inches. April 28 versus Deer Park kids realize what it's like The Cardinal girls had and Lakeside. so they settle their nerves personal bests in the 100- PaulDelaneycanbereached early, learn how to deal meters with Lexie Rolan, at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress. with them and perform where the sophomore com. second performance in field. "Who knows how included catcher Hudson much that would have Petek playing a Freeman changed the ballgame," bunt perfectly and throw- Kelly added, ing out a runner at sec- MedicalLake's defense and, Then third baseman put that late game-one Dylan Rushfeldt, who had meltdown out of their a couple of errors in the minds in the second game first game, responded in and that was a tribute to the nightcap. the maturity of his team, "(With) runners at first Kelly said. and second, line drive, he "Playing a doublehead- drops to,a knee, backhands er, boy, when you lose a it, steps on third and lasers tough first game you don't theballto first (for a double know if you're going to play)," Kelly said. rollover or you're going to Medical Lake made get back up, dust yourself the best of just five hits off and give YOur best ef- getting their two runs in fort,- Kelly said. "What the bottom of the fifth and let us down in game one erased Freeman's early 1-0 certainly lifted us in game lead; Wagner had a pair two." of hits for the Cardinals, Defense, along with one a two-RBI single that a really solid effort from provided the tying and pitcher Brayden Hale who winning runs. despite allowing Freeman The Cardinals opened (8-1, 10-3) 10 hits, got the the week with a 12-1 win backup he needed in the at Chewelah (2-6, 3-8). A nine-run second decided Some cases in point this one quickly. Cole Soli- Snq k Hal= Locally owned & operated Tank pumping & maintenance Baffle inspection System inspection for home sale iBBB License #602872994 day had three hits. Rush- feldt and Wagner each tripled. Rushfeldt also got the pitching win, allowing just four hits. An RBI triple by Rush- feldt, an RBI single by Jayln Musser, a two-run single by Soliday, a two-run double by Wagner and a two-run single by Hale werei key parts of that big inning. The Cardinals began a busy week with an 11-1 nonleague loss to Lake- land, April 20 wher the Hawks jumped out to a 5-0 first-inning lead and scored in every inning of the game played in Rath- drum, Idaho. Medical Lake was at Riverside April 21 and will face Lakeside (4-4, 6-7) in Suncrest Saturday, April 25 in a doubleheader begin- ning at 2 p.m. ! PaulDelaneycanbere hed at pdelaney@c ess. com. i ,i WEST PLAINS GOLF LEAGUE at the Fairways Golf Course Begins Wed., May 6th 4-8 man teams with handicap scoring. Discounts on corporate posses for Weekly food and drink specials. Chamber of Commerce members. Discounted dues for new members. Great for team building. Weekly standing tee.times. Form Teams with Friends & Co-Workers! All skill levels welcome! For more information, contact the Fairways Golf Course at 509-747-8418. Prembr Part 14t Right Tra[ning d be el{qib{e for up to $3'4,600 ..... Cat[ or Ls[t Toda ; ~ ........... 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