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CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, June 11,2015 SECTION 2 ,SPORTS continued from page 1 his sophomore year and as a junior he did the same to th'e other knee. Kelly missed Medical Lake's dismal one-win baseball season in 2012, but, "I had to deal with my dad after said. March to play for NAIA Midland University in Ne- braska. "I really contemplated not going to Nebraska just because I had to be here for my mom (Julie) and my sister (Emily)," Paulson games," Kelly said. His mother was ada- Things finally seemed mant that his father would to come together when the have wanted him to carry two were seniors and got on."Itwasnicetogetaway their year started playing for a while," Paulson said. football together for the But at times it was hard to Cardinals. be away from home. "Senior year it just kin- "I made the best of the da' took off," Paulson said. situation and had a pretty "That helped because I was good year down there," quarterback and he was my Paulson said. That in- receiver." cluded a trip to the nation- The pair were always al tournament but when working together, Paulson Midland's coach exited for said, and they formed a a new job, it was time for bond of trust that was un- Paulson to come home. breakable on the field ......... was given a "If Kasey was on the release to explore other field and we had a pass options and one of the first call, it's going to Kasey," people to contact him was Paulson said. "I knew he Community Colleges of was going to catch it." Spokane coach Bobby Lee. Paulson knew Kelly It was the perfect op- would go where he needed portunity to get back to. "We had our own au- home, be close to the fam- dible too," Kelly added, ily. "It was kind of the By the time spring rolled ideal situation," Paulson around, that chemistry the said. He appeared in seven two established in football games, had a 3-4 record transferred seamlessly to and a 2.64 ERA for the baseball. "It was like we Sasquatch. were always on the same For Kelly, the scenario page," Paulson said. had a familiar injury ring "I just know what he'sto it. After redshirting going to throw and he in 2014, Kelly played in knows what he wants tojust 15 games and batted throw," Kelly explained. .174 this season, but was Kelly, being a hitter,hampered by a bout of had a better idea of what tendonitis in his elbow, he would be looking for in Paulson has high that situation, Paulsonsaid. praise for his friend and The two would evaluatebattery mate. "I put Kas- the situation and work ac- ey's abilities as a catcher cordingly, at a Division I level," As their high school Paulson said. "He's the years wound to a close, ina best defensive catcher matter of days things went I've seen." fromsomeofthehighestofWhile their careers highs to lowest of lows for will likely take different the pair. roads after the conclusion Covington rallies for 9-6 West Plains Little League win By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Covington Construction scored a 9-6 West Plains Little League AAA baseball victory over Waste Management, June 4 at Waterfront Park in Medical Lake. Covington used a six-run third inning to rally for the victory in a game that went four innings. Connor Pieratt and Blaise Descoteaux each had two hits and scored two runs. Tate Heuschkel was 2-for-2 with a walk. Heuschkel pitched 2 1/3 innings and got relief from Dillon Hodges over the final 1 1/3 innings to, secure the victory. "This was a fun and close game against an ex- cellent opponent," WM coach Jerrimy Clark wrote in an email. Paul Delaney can be reached at pde ss. tom continued from page 1 sues when the Blue Devils committed five errors. more time on the fiel4 and "He was lights out, a improve skills, which is nice, smooth pace," Hare the focus for Americansaid. "He gave us every Legion ball. "It's nice to opportunity to win and After rebounding from of the summer season, have flexibility with guys unfortunately we gave a 1-17 season in 2012, Medi'- their friendship and times having to work," Hare every opportunity to lose cal Lake finished its year' together in the past have said. "Everybody needs to the game," Hale, who will also play at second base, pitched in Friday's second game, a 5-2 loss where he had one of the three Blue 20-4 in 2013 and qualified been a huge factor in their for the state playoffs, reach- futures. ing the semifinals. "We're not together However, just eight but we're a big part of days after the end of the why each other is going season Paulson's world to go where we're going exploded when his father, to go," Paulson said. Mike, passed away unex- PaulDelaneycanbereached pectedly May 26, 2013. atpdelaney@cheney_freepress. Paulson had signed in com. Photos by Paul Delaney (Top right): Waste Management's Syme Singeo delivers a pitch. (Bottom right): Covington's Taylor Pomeroy (facing camera) and Nathan Baum (facing away) engage in a contest to see who can catch the most sunflower seeds.(Bottom left): Dillon Hodges applies the tag at home for Covington Construction against Waste File photo The dad's, Kerry Kelly (left) and the late Mike Paulson, have been major influences in their sons' lives. be able to play a second- ary position." The Blue Devils roster is so deep it caused Hare to comment to one of his assistant coaches that it's nice that guys have a little competition and they know there's someone next to them who's fight- ing for that same spot. Hare is very happy with Wagner and Hale, both of whom have seen plenty of playing time, and in key situations. Wagner started the first game and was im- pressive, Hare said, in a 5-0 win over the .North- east 49ers. "I'knew he was a pitcher and ended up being Medical Lake's main guy," Hare said. "I wanted to see him for myself." And as he did in high school ball, Wagner will see duty as the Blue Devils center fielder. "I try to not have any PO's or pitcher only's," Hare said. Wagner, the multi- sport Medical Lake athlete who will be a senior, also pitched June 5 against Prairie, losing 4-3 while surrendering six hits, but suffered from fielding is- Devils' hits and pitched a complete game. "He was just consistent, we just made too many errors to help him out," assistant and moved onto state. coach Sam Schaefer said. "(We) just couldn't put "We would have won everything together." the game if we would Hare graduated from have played clean base- North Central in 2001, ball," Schaefer said.went to Gonzaga for two In 2014, the team ul-years but got hurt. He timately scratched their spent a year at Big Bend way into the playoffsCommunity College in and earned a berth only Moses Lake and ended to make a quick exit in up blowing out his arm. the Four by Four regional He finished his career at AAA American Legion Whitworth. He is a sixth playoffs last weekend in grade teacher in the Mead Chehalis, Wash. goingSchool District. 0-2. Paul Delaney can bereached Hare said he thought at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress. the team should have won corn. ii il 11 :i ii i!!i iiii