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SPORTS SECTION 2 "'""'""'"'"13 Thursday, May 14, 2015 By AL STOVER rors Cheney made during ter scoring one run at the East Valley prevented the Staff Reporter the game. "But getting top of the fifth inning. The shutout by scoring four After losing their last those five hits, especially Blackhawks answered runs in the third. five games, including an after three shutouts, was with three more runs in Cheney scored five 11-5 loss against Greatnice." the bottom Of the fifth, runs in the bottom of Northern League regu- After the game Cagle which forced the mercythe third and six more lar season champions asked the team to focus rule. in the fourth, including West Valley, May 5, theon their recent perfor- At the plate, Kyle a three-RBI triple from Cheney High baseball mance and try to"figure Joneswas 3 for 3 with an VanWormer, which team entered the postsea- out how to work through RBI. Cade VanWormer forced the mercy rule. son with new life as they it." What resulted were was 2 for 4 with a two- "VanWormer was defeated Clarkston, 11-1, three of the best practices RBI double. Bonilla was struggling for a bit, like May 9 and East Valley, the team has had since the 2 for 4 with a double and any player doeS," Cagle 16-4, May 11. start of the season. Connor Pratt was 2 for 3 said. "I'd like to see him In the May 5 game "Before the Clarkston with an RBI. continue on this tear at against West Valley, the game, at around 9:30 a.m., Pratt (6-3) picked up the plate he's on." Blackhawks took anearlyI came to my office and the win at tke mound, Bonilla was 1 for 3 lead with three runs in the saw some of the team out- throwing 10 strikeoutswith two RBIs. Pratt was first inning and two in the side, I figured they were and giving up only three I for 3 with an RBI. second. After being down just getting everything hits. He currently has 86 Kyle Jones (6-4) got 5-4, the Eagles scored set up, like we do for ev- strikeouts in 51 innings, the win for the East Val- four runs in the fifth and cry home game," Cagle "Colmor was just on ley game, striking out three in the sixth, said. "When Iwalked out fire, like he's been all nine batters. He shared Cheney's bats started there, they were already year," Cagle said. "Be- pitching duties with Lo- to gain some momentum in uniform and ready to fore the game he gave an gan Pratt for the West in the first inning after play. They were all busi- inspirational speech, one Valley game. three-consecutive singles ness." of the best I've ever heard "After Kyle (Jones) from Riley Jones, Chance In the Clarkston game, as a coach." gave up four runs in the Gleave and Kyle Jones. Cheney went on an im- Against East Valley,East Valley game, I told Dominic BoniUawas 2for pressive eight-run rally VanWormer put Cheney him 'this is your game, 3 with an RBI. in the third inning, which on the scoreboard after a I'm not going to take you "We played pretty included a three-run two-run home run in the out in the third,'" Cagle sloppy defense," headhome run from Cameronfirst inning. The Black- said. "I'm proud to see coach Mike Cagle said, Marchand. The Bantamshawks scored three more how he's responded to referencing the five er- prevented the shutout af- inthe secondinningwhtle tough situations." Photo by AI Stover Pitcher Connor Pratt struck out 10 batters during Cheney's May 9 game against Clarkston. Pratt has a total of 86 strikeouts this year. Cheney played West home, May 19. If they Valley May 12 in the GNL lose, Cheney will travel championship game. If to the No. 2 CWAC seed they win, the Blackhawks - the loser of the Ellens- will host the No. 3 CWAC burg vs. Selah game. seed - the winner of that Al Stover can be reached day's Othello vs. East Val- at al@cheneyfreepress.com. ley-Yakima game - at Marchand finishes fourth in final regular season tournament By AL STOVER Cheyenne Marchand doing all the right things Both the boys and theDorrance, Lemelin Staff Reporter finished fourth over-to prepare for districts, girls teams will compete and Kelsey Smith will The Cheney High all, hitting a 44. Head She knows her weak- in the league champion- also play in the league girls golf team conclud- coach Gerald Morton nesses and is determined ships at MeadowWood tournament. Klaussand ed their regular season, said Marchand, along with her work ethic to Golf Course in Liberty Walker will not compete finishing four out of five with the rest of the team, cast those aside." Lake, May 13. because of other athletic teams with 97 points played through tough Other finishers for Morton hopes that and school conflicts. in the Great Northern weather conditions and Cheney include Gillian Marchand goes into the Morton said the tourna- League tournament at a course thathad hosted Dorrance with 20; Jaci postseason with confi- mentwill give thethree the Palouse Ridge Golf the men's Pac 12 golfWalker, 12; Riley Klauss, dence, as he knows she freshmen experience Course in Pullman, championships, April 11 and Hannah Lemelin, is capable of shooting in and "get them a little Wash., May 5. 26'29. 10. the mid-70s, hungry for next year." Team scores were "The greens were The Blackhawks boys' "This is what we "We are a young calculated Via the modi- twice as fast than what golf team also competed have been working forteam and we have lots fled Stableford Scoring we are used to," Morton in the GNL tournament, all season and she has of potential, but it will. system, where the high- said, "What was impres- Cheney only had four primed herself and be up to each individual est total of points wins sive was her (March- eligible golfers and their has done all the right girl to put the work in," stead of the lowest,, and's) ability to laugh score was not recorded, things," Morton said,Morton said. by{he GNL for thisand not let it get to her in Individual scores were not "Now it's now up to the AI Stover can be reached year. a negative way. Shekeeps available as of press time. 'golf gods.'" at al@cheneyfreepress.com. continued from page1 second half against anThe winner earns a out-manned Clarkston home game against the Oliver Smith and sent it team. Central Washington Ath- home for a second goal Saturday's win sent letic Conference's No. from inside the 6-yard Cheney into Tuesday's 3 team, while the loser box in the 24th minute, district championship hits the road to face the and Cruz Galm complet- at Pullman against theCWAC's No. 2 seed. Even ed the scoring, heading top-seeded Greyhounds.though it would be nice in another Smith service It will be the fourth time to have a home game, from inside the 6-yard the two teams have faced Kiversaid he has a couple box in the 28th minute, each other this season, banged up players, and Cheney out shot thewith Cheney owning a 2- wouldn't be afraid to rest Bantams 17-0, but seemed I edge including an early them against the Grey- to lose some focus in the season win in Pullman.hounds if it meant hav- II Is to continued from page 1 Barsness had four hits for Cheney while Mad- die Kallsen (home run, double), Krantz (single, home run) and Cassie Schliep each had two. Kallsen took the loss on the mound. Blake said he was a little surprised how his team played against the third-seeded Eagles, not- ing the team seemed to lack focus. That didn't last long, however. "They got it together against Clarkston," he said. So now the Lady By PAUL DELANEY the snake keeps biting by and Wegner adding Staff Reporter us," Cardinals' head doubles. The bad news for the coach Tim Blakely said. "After a very deflat- Medical Lake High School Medical Lake had fiveing loss to Davenport last softball team got worse errors in the loss to Dav- week, our girls need to in the form of a losing enport, turn it on for the remain- streak that has been next The teams played iting three league games to impossible it seems to close, and in fact Medical this week," B!akely said. break out of. Lake broke a 5-5 tie with The Cardinals, cur- The good news is therea three-run fifth inning rently in sixth place in is still time for the Cardi- only to see the Gorillas the Northeast A League, nals to turn things around explode for eight runs in have three league games before the start of the their half of the sixth and remaining. They hosted playoffs, two more in the seven for Newport May 12 and fin- Medical Lake (4-7 some insurance, ish the regular season at Northeast A, 5-10 over- The Cardinals got aColville, Saturday, May all) saw its winless string solid offensive perfor- 16 with a doubleheader reach eight games follow- mance connecting for beginning at 11 a.m. ing a 15-10 defeat at the 11 hits, including going "Our offense needs to hands of Davenport in a 3-for-3 with and a pair come alive, for these next nonleague contest May 6. of home runs and fourthree games," Blakely It was the only game for RBIs from Glori Cheev- said. Medical Lake last week. ers. Claire Dormaier,P a u l D e I a n e y "We have been work- Chelsea Hamby and can be reached at ing hard defensively to Maleeka Wegner each pdelaney@cheneRfreepress. try to be error free, but had two hits with Ham- com. Bruce C. Tollllon, DDS ing them healthy for an game," Kiver said. "We're important CWAC game tojust happy to be playing reach the state tournament, right now." "If we have to travel, ] o h n M c C a l - we'll travel to wherever lure can be reached at we need to go to play the jmac@cheneRfreepress.com. Blackhawks must wait to learn their opponent in Saturday's seeding game. Blake said keeping them sharp and focused will pose a challenge, and they won't be practicing every day, but rather trying to at least mimic some sort of schedule routine, which Blake said generally re- quires only two practices between games. The two losses, West Valley and Pullman, may help to some de- gree, reminding the Lady Blackhawks they need to remain grounded and focused and remember anybody can be beaten. "Not that they would be overconfident," Blake said. John McCal- lum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress.com: ! With Your CLub Card Sweet Blackberries, Blueberries or Raspberries Prices effective 5/14/! 5 thru 5!19/15