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SECTION 2 SPORTS WEST PLAINS LITTLE LEAGUE GAME OF THE WEEK continued from page 1 After stranding two runners in the bottom of the first, Cheney finally got on the board in the third. Barsness reached on an infield single and even- tually scored on Maddie Kallsen's single. Meghan Krantz then delivered a two-out triple scoring Kallsen. In the top of the fourth, the umpires stopped the game because of lightning, and eventually postponed it when heavy rain rolled in. Monday in Ephrata, Se- lah added three more runs, two of which Blake said were unearned, to seal their continued from page 1 compete in the long jump with a fourth-place leap of 16-04. Sophomore Hannah Spakousky just missed qualifying for state in the 3,200, finishing sixth with a time of 12:04.77. Bakana failed to qualify in the high jump, and Jones missed adding the triple jump to her list of events, finishing fifth at 332O5. Peyton Putney and Isa- iah Rigo captured indi- vidual first-place finishes for the boys. Putney edged teammate Charles Johnson at the tape to win the 200 in 22.29, with Johnson second in 22.30. Rigo took first in the 400, 800 and 1,600 wheel- chair events in times of 1:03.45, 2:06.25 and 4:12.98. Johnson was second in the 100 in 11.29 while Drake Johnson was fourth in the 1,600 (4:31.23) and the 3,200 (9:55.35). Cheney's 4x100 and 4x400relay teams advanced, the latter in somewhat dra- matic fashion. Boys' head coach Derek Slaughter said freshman Jonathan Bishun had to step in to the lead-off leg for Putney, who devel- oped a stomach sickness prior to the race. Sitting at sixth heading into the final exchange, the Blackhawks got a little break when the Sunnyside team tripped and fell, and continued from page 1 career. He didn't have the best season in terms of stats, but it was enough to earn him a spot on the 2016 Pro Bowl. His biggest moment of the season, perhaps, came during the Wild Card game with the Minne- win and advance to the state tournament this weekend in their home softball facility. Blake said his team played well against Se- lah, committing just two errors, wl~ch to him is ac- ceptable for a high school team. Cheney managed five hits at the plate, sin- gles by Cheyanne Gleave and Courtney Hanson to go with hits by Barsness, Kallsen and Krantz. Gleave took the loss, allowing nine hits while issuing only two free passes, one walk and one hit by pitch. Un- fortunately, Blake said those passes came in the Selah's four-run fourth. Cheney ends the sea- son with a 13-11 record and it's second consecu- tive District 7 title, the latter something Blake said he didn't expect heading into the season with a roster made up mostly of five freshmen and four sophomores. All the players exhibited nu- merous signs of develop- ment at the season's end, something that bodes well for the future. "With such a young group, we've got plenty of time to build on that," Blake said. John McCallum can be reached at jmac@chenetdfree- press.com. Charles Johnson ran a 48- second final leg to edge Quincy's Caleb Wflliamson for fourth. Slaughter had praise for the team's effort, especially Bishun, whose effort embodied his team's season philosophy of "next man up." "John was the next guy up," Slaughter said. "He did his job, and they got through." Cheney finished with a time of 3:31.79 while Quincy was fifth in 3:32.06. Cheney's 4x100 team of Putney, Johnson, Chris Diaz and Kaleb Loos fin- ished second in 42.98, 38/100ths of a second be- hind West Valley. In the field events, senior Gaige Felix gets a chance to cap his career with some state hardware by finishing second in the triple jump at 41-05 and fourth in the long jump at 20-00.25. Chase Reed battled his way to a fourth-place finish in the discus at 138-06. Both Stralser and Slaughter feel good about their team's podium chanc- es this weekend in Tacoma, although Stralser's years of experience provide him the realization that one athlete's success is "predi- cated on others disappoint- ment." "If we come home with a team trophy, how sweet that will be," he added. Slaughter's expecta- tions, on the other hand, are buoyed by the fact that wheelchair athletes who place will be scored in their team's overall points this year, bringing Rigo finally into Cheney's scoring mix, "We have guys in po- sition where if we score like we did at regionals, we could get near that po- dium," Slaughter said. "We have the makings for a team score." John McCallum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfree- press.com. continued from page 1 the ninth allowing Jack- son Folkers to score. "What a heartbreak- er," Medical Lake head coach Kerry Kelly said. "That was a bummer because Phil Murray, our catcher, just played great." Murray had a pair of hits, drove in a run, and moments earlier, saved the game when he tagged Hoquiam's Garrett Brad- ley out at the plate. "It was one of those things where he (pitcher Cory Wagner) threw a changeup, got the guy to swing and he (Murray) closed his, glove just a tad early," Kelly explained. "It was just unfortu- nate, there hadn't been a passed ball all day." Froyo defeats Action Materials 7-4 Froyo rallied to knock off Action Ma- terials 7-4 in Triple A baseball action Satur- day in the Cheney Free Press's West Plains Little League Game of the Week. The win set up a showdown Tues- day, May 24, against a pair of one-loss teams, Froyo at 1-1 and S.A. Martinssen D.D.S. at 10-1, with Leo's Pho- tography hot on both clubs heels at 9-2. Photos by John McCallum (Above): A Froyo runner slides safely into home tying the score at 1-1 early in Saturday's game. (Below): An Action Materials batter follows through with his swing to watch his hit. The earlier out at the plate came as Hoquiam had runners on second and third and Medical Lake had its infield drawn in to make the play if nec- essary. "Brayden Hale makes a great play, we gun him down at home," Kelly said. But there's a reason why the Grizzlies are the defending state champs, Kelly said. "They came back, found a way to scratch out a run to tie it and took advantage of some very unfortunate timing and an error," Kelly said. Hoquiam tied it in the bottom of the seventh when Payton Quintanilla hit a leadoff double, ad- vanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a ground out to Hale. Their first run came in the fifth when Sean McAllister led off with a double and scored on an RBI single from Folkers. "Cory Wagner was just amazing," Kelly said. "He was solid all day with five hits over nine innifig~, I believe he had a no-no (no runs or hits) going into the fifth." Wagner's had a lot of great games, Kelly said. "But when it mat- tered the most, it was the best I've seen him as far as command, in- tensity and just being a leader." "Our guys just com- peted, every part of the lineup," Kelly said.. "We had a great play from Drew Hostetter in left field, we had a div- ing play from Tristen Keith in center, a diving play from Jayln Musser in right." Medical Lake scored its first run in the first inning as Tristen K~ith turned his one-out walk into a 1-0 lead following Murray's sacrifice fly. Tyler Munden gave the Cardinals a 2-0 lead in the fourth, scoring on Drew Hostetter's single. "There's nothing more we could have done," Kelly said. "We were in position to win." Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@ chenevfreepress.com. ....... ........' ee.e . e . o o o9o o . . 8 eo oe oo e . . e sofa Vikings when he forced Adrian Peterson to fumble, which led to the Seahawks scoring a field goal to lead the game 10-9 and clinch the win. 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