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/ CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, June 4, 2015 SECTION 2 SPORTS Summerhawks split doubleheader with Mission Valley By AL STOVER Staff Reporter The Cheney Summer- hawks 17U baseball team went 1-2 in the first week of their season. After a 9-6 loss to the Northwest Premier Baseball Club in their first home game, May 27, Cheney split a doubleheader against the Mission Valley Mariners, from Poison, Mont., May 31. They lost game one, 7- 1, then came back to win the nightcap, 6-2. In the game against Premier, Cheney took an early lead after scor- ing two runs in the first inning and three in the second. Premier came back with four runs in the third inning and took the lead after adding four in the fifth. "Premier went through two pitchers in that first inning," head coach Austin Sharp said. "After we got the lead, they took us a little more serious." Andrew Witt scored the final run for Cheney in the sixth inning. Witt was I for 4 with a double and Dylan Arthur was 2 for 4 with an RBI. Logan Pratt (0-1) and Matt Riggs shared pitch- ing duties. In game one of the doubleheader, the Mari- ners took an early lead after scoring one run in the first inning. They se- cured the lead with one run in the fourth inning, four runs in the fifth and one more in the sixth. Cade VanWormer scored Cheney's lone run in the seventh inning. The Summerhawks struggled to get their of- fense going as Mission Valley limited them to only four hits. At the plate, VanWormer was 3 for 4 with a double. "Their pitcher was throwing off-speed pic- thes and we just couldn't get anything going," Sharp said. Game two of the dou- bleheader began like the first with the Mariners taking a one-run lead. In the bottom of the first inning, VanWormer's RBI triple into left field put Cheney on the score- board, Phillip Murray's base hit drove VanWorm- er home to give the Sum- merhawks the lead. The Mariners scored one run in the fifth in- ning. Cheney went on a three-run rally in the bot- tom of the inning, which included VanWormer's two-RBI double and Arthur's RBI single, to secure the win. Arthur was 3 for 3 CHS tennis continued from page 1 season on a high note. I was proud of him." Katelynn Smedley, in her second state tourna- ment appearance, lost her first-round match to North Kitsap's Dayna WaUis (6-0, 6-2), then defeated Mark Morris" Jamie Isaacson of Longview (6-3, 6-2). She was eliminated after her loss to Sedro-Woolley's Kassidee Beuse (6-1, 6-4). The boy's tennis team is coming off their stron- gest season in years, with a 7-1 Great Northern League record, 12-2 overall and a regular season champion- Crunch Time continued from page 1 until 2014 when Tri-City attorney and race enthu- siast Mike McKinney suggested they see if the car could run again and be part of a show of vin- tage cars that appear each year at Indy. "He'd been bugging me about taking the car back there," Tipke said. But it was not just a mat- ter of putting some air in the tires and wiping off some of the dust. Remem- ber, there was that issue with the piston? The 80-something Tipke, still active in his fabrication business, but opting for winters in Yuma, Ariz., left the car in the hands of his em- ship. Although the team loses top players such as Ryan Smedley, Britton Williams and JT Gould to graduation, Erickson said there are many juniors returning next season. "With (Ryan) Ax- ployees. By the time he returned in the spring of 2014, they had torn the car apart and fixed what ailed it in 1973. The group tested the car last spring in Oregon and made the trek back to the 98th running of the "500," and now get to show off some history. While disappointing, his first trip to Indy was unforgettable, Sneva said. "It's been a while but you don't forget those kind of things." Despite not being able to qualify his own car, Sneva-got a break that helped pave the way to his life-changing 1983 victory at Indv. "We'd only get five or six laps of practice before tell leading the way, we should have a good chance of repeating as league champions, espe- cially if Clarkston and Pullman lose many of their key players," Erick- son said. The girls team ended their regular season with a 6-2 GNL record, 10-4 overall and a second-place finish in the league. They lose seven seniors to grad- uation: Katelynn Smedley, Grace Pohl, Kaitlyn Swee- hey, Leanna Eik, Rachel Hansen, Sarah Fillmore and Linsay Sweitzer. Al Stover can be reached at al@cheney_ they black-flagged us," Sneva recalled. "We were able to get through the rookie test with the car. And that was appar- ently enough for Sneva's pit neighbor, car owner Marvin Webster, to see the kid from Spokane had some talent. "One day his driver is late and he offered me a ride," Sneva said. Within a few laps Sneva had the car running five to six miles per hour faster than Webster's regular driver. "That got people look- ing a little bit (at me)," Sneva said. Sneva would return to Indy in 1974 to launch a racing career that would last 18 years. Besides the "500" win, he would be runner-up at Indy three times in 1977, 1978 and 1980 and became the first driver to qualify a car over 210 miles-per-hour in 1984, The "Gas Man's" ex- ploits would later earn Sneva induction into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2005, The 1992 Indy 500 was Sneva's final start. He soon went into retirement and now, Sneva, who turned 67 June 1, is in the golf course business in the Phoenix area. Not a bad finish to a career with such a rugged start. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress. com. with two RBIs while Trey Martin was 2 for 3 with two doubles. Riggs (0-1), Pratt and Dylan Arthur shared pitching duties in game one. Murray (1-0) got the win in the nightcap, throwing a five-hitter. "We were a lot more aggressive in this game," Sharp said. "It felt good to get that first win." Sharp, who is in his first year as head coach, said his team is mostly made of Cheney players with a couple kids from Medical Lake. Although the Summerhawks went 1-2, he was excited to see what his team can do in their first week of com- petition. While Sharp has figured out his lineup, he's still figuring out the pieces of his bullpen. "We don't have that big stud on the mound but we have many guys who can come in and fill in the spot," Sharp said. Cheney broke away from American Legion and will play an inde- pendent schedule against teams from Washington state and Idaho. They will split their home games between Cheney High School and Medical Lake High School. Al- though they are no longer with American Legion, Cheney will host a pod for the Wood Bat Classic tournament, July 4-5. The Summerhawks travel to Idaho to play a doubleheader against Priest River, June 7. Al Stover can be reached at 4p, Denny's Harvest Foods proud!y sponsors  1 qif Med,cal Lake  _1[ CARDINAL r Athlete of the Week Tellas Johnson & Domenic Relax= Track Denny's JNNh We Honestly Caret 215 E. SR902, Medical Lake, WA 299-3251 The 2015 Cardinals 520 First Street, Cheney 509-235-6533 In Medical Lake call: 509-299-6533 Everyone who lives, works, worships or goes to school in the Cheney and Medical Lake School Districts is eligible to join Cheney Federal Credit Union. Call, click or come in to find out more. Congratulations to the 2015 Chen00 B/ackhawks track and field teams on thdr 00o,tsatthe Star Track 2A state meet!