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SPORTS CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, June 11,2015 SECTION 2 alns urney By JOHN McCALLUM over the fence for a home 2, Pavao and John I for 2 99-Craig to a 4-1 over two insurance runs in the Editor run. and Cheevers and Sarah the Bandits. North Idaho second, and three morein The West Plains Ban- West Plains' four hits Mayer I for 3. capitalized on three West the third for the win. dits softball team began were all singles by Rachel Finch got the win, giv- Plains throwing errors to Finch got the win, theft 2015 summer cam- Barsness, Glori Cheevers, ing up three earned runs score two runs in the sec- giving up just five hits paign by competing in the Kaitlyn Kinzel and John. on five hits while walking ond and one in the third with two walks and two North Idaho (NI) Xtreme The Bandits opened three and striking out for the win. strikeouts in four innings. Tournament May 29-31 Saturday with a 7-3 win eight over six innings.West Plains only run Mayer was 2 for 2 with in Coeur d'Alene. The over Spokane Stealth 99- InSaturday'snightcap came in the top of the two RBIs, Pavao and Bandits went 2-3 for fifth Henrickson, getting four the Bandits experienced fifth when Hannah Pe- Kinzel both went 2 for 2 place in the eight-team runs in the bottom of the their second loss, a 3-1 tek walked, advancedwhile Finch and Hannah U16 Division. second on bases loaded setback to the Calgary to second on Cheevers' Madsenboth went I for 2 West Plains opened"walks to Lexi Jo Johnson Adrenaline. The Adrena- ground out, took third with two RBIs. with a 1-0 loss Friday to and Macey Finch alongline scored runs in the sec- on a throwing error and Overall, Cheevers led NI Xtreme 98 in a pitch- with a two-RBI single by ond, third and fourth off scored on Kinzel's ground the Bandits offensively ers duel between North Barsness to open a 5-0 West Plains' starter John, out to short. Johntook the with a .545 batting aver- Idaho's Kayla Patton and lead. Barsness led off the including a solo home run loss, giving up four runs, age, a .615 on-base per- the Bandits Taylor John. first with a single and in the second, one earned, on seven hits centage and a .727 slug- Both were stingy when eventually came around John scored the Ban- while walking one and ging percentage, going it came to hits, giving up to score to put the Bandits dits' only run on an RBI striking out two. 11 for 13 at the plate over just four each. on the board first, single by Johnson in the West Plains wrapped five games. Overall, West John made 82 pitches After the Stealth crept fourth. Cheevers went 3 up Sunday with a con- Plains was 29 for 126 (.266) over six innings, throw- closer with three runs m for 3 to lead West Plains' vincing 10-0 win over with 19 runs, 17 RBIs. ing 60 for strikes while the fourth, West Plains six-hit attack while John Calgary Kaisen-99. The Despite going 0-3, walking one, hitting one added runs m the fifth on took the loss, giving up Bandits scored five runs John posted a 1.69 earned batter and striking out a Stealth throwing error two earned runs on nine in the bottom of the first run average over 16 2/3 eight. Her only mistake scoring Taylor Pavao and hits in five innings,on two-out RBI singles innings of work, giving was m the bottom of the an RBI single by Stein-In the first game Sun- by Cheevers and Kinzel, up 20 hits while striking third inning to leadoff metz scoring John. The day, Ashley Kaufman a two-RBI triple by Finch out 11 and walking one. hitter Miranda Amos, Bandits had eight hits, threw a six-inning no- and a Calgary fielding Finch collected both wins, who stroked a 0-2 pitch with Barsness going 2 for hitter to lead NI Xtreme error. West Plains added posting a 2.10 ERA over Medical Lake softball struggled with youth in 2015 Coach hopes to turn off-season work into future dividends By PAUL DELANEY had its 13-year streak mak- Staff Reporter ing it to the tournament Youth may have beensnapped. the Achilles heel of the Medical Lake loses a MedicalLake softballteam pair of seniors, Maleeka in 2015 but that will likely Wegner and Chelsea translate into success next Hamby, plus spark-plug season. All-NEA first-team selec- "We've got two seniors tion Glori Cheerers who is graduating this year, we're moving out of district. still pretty young," head That means Blakely coach Tim Blakely said has some tasks ahead of following the Cardinals up him in the offseason to get and down season that saw current players elevated a them finish 6-12 overall notch or two. "I just gotta' and 5-9 in the Northeast get to work, that's what I A League. need to do," he said. Following a 5-2 startWhat he means is the Cardinals lost 10 of putting more emphasis their last 11 games, includ- on teaching the mental ing a 13-1 thumping by part of the game, he said. Colville m a first-round, That will start as early as loser-out playoff game. some summer workouts, "We had a great op-similar to what Medical portunity in a very, very Lake baseball is doing as tough league," Blakely Blakely said there will not said. Lakeside finished be a summer team. third in state, Deer Park Then comes concen- made it to state but Colville trating on skill develop- Submitted photo from Medical Lake High School The 2015 Medical Lake softball team struggled with young players, but that experience gained ought to pay off in the future. ment at the Middle SCh~ool, what can make the differ- which plays in the fall. ence. "We've struggled a "(We) just really need little bit at that," he said. to stress the mental partof "We've had our ups and the game," he said. That's downs, and that happe ." having the kids focused on From an offensive the field the entire seven standpoint, the Cardinals innings, expect to return sopho- "In the past we've had mores Taylor Pavao and a few mental breakdowns," Alex Steinmetz. Bradyn Blakely said. Wegner, Claire Dormaier, But fielding, catching cousins Kayla and Katelyn and making the throws is Pruitt as well as Rachael Stanfill are juniors that are figured to return, too. Blakely said Bradyn Wegner wiU be called upon in a key role as a pitier in 2015. But she will have to sneak in some extra work in between running cross country and playing bas- ketball. Blakely said there are others who he has his eye on to possibly pitch, "And you never know who's going to move into the dis- trict." The loss of Cheevers is a big blow. "That's going to hurt a little bit but that means we're just going to have to work that much harder," Blakely said. There are enough players to fill in the gaps. "We just need some 10 innings, giving up 10 hits while striking out 13 and walking three. Together, John and Finch had a 1.84 ERA for the tournament. The Bandits committed eight errors over 57 opportu- nities for a .913 fieldIng percentage. "Even though our re- cord was 2-3, we played well and every loss was really close," Bandits head coach Byron Pavao said. "We had quite a few chances to win but couldn't get key hits with runners in scoring posi- tion." West Plains has moved up to the more difficult U16 Division this season. Most of the games the Bandits will play willbe against teams that recruit- ed players from Spokane and Coeur d'Alene. West Plains next takes the diamond at the Spo- kane Girls Fastpitch Soft- ball Association Summer Classic June 12-14. John McCal- lure can be reached at mac@cheneyfreepress.com. of the girls to step up and take that challenge," Blakely said. : i )i : P a u l D e I a n e y can be reached at pdelaney@cheneyfireepress. 7 8i com runc Ti me continued from page 1 Competitors who test positive for marijuana, were able to cycle drugs which will only be tested m and out of their system before or after a fight, without being caught, will receive a 1-2 year All athletic commissions suspension depending on will be educated on the the circumstance. Similar USADA's policies and to the consequences with standards. PEDs, the penalty for Under the new rulesmarijuana usage will be a fighter who is caught doubled for the second using steroids - or other offense and again for the PEDs -- will receive a 2-4 third. year suspension, depend- Although the UFC ing on the circumstance, has no input and is pay- The penalty will double ing millions of dollars, for the second offense, it seems to be on board and'again for the third, with the new program and genuinely interested a drug test -- and they from mixed martial arts. in keeping their fighters have a big fight coming Many promoters do not clean. But this new pro- up- the promoter has to have the resources to gram isn't without risks, fill that main event spot hire an outside agency It will be interesting to and possibly rearrange and task it with monitor- see what happens when the whole fight card.ing their fighters. Even a champion or a main Fans are also excited if they had the money, event caliber-star fails a about this new policy, they might not want to drug test. but what happens whenrisk losing big-name tal- If a lower-ranked their favorite fighter gets ent who may be taking fighter is scheduled for busted for drugs? Will drugs. an upcoming bout, but they advocate for them to Still, the UFC is once then gets suspended after have a strict punishment again the trendsetter in failing a drug test, they or pray that the USADA MMA and hopefully this can be replaced without goes lenient on them?does lead to better things causing a major shift in TheUFC'spartnershipfor the sport. the card. 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