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Section 2 June 18, 2015 Cheney Free Press Photos by AI Stover The Cheney Free Press celebrates winning their sec- ond Majors championship after their 10-9 victory over Rosa's Pizza. Catcher Tyler Ashcroft (left) prepares to tag Rosa's Pizza's Kyle Barsness in the first tuning. By AL STOVER S taff Reporter It was fitting that the rubber match between the Cheney Free Press and Rosa's Pizza took place in the Majors cham- pionship game at Waterfront Park in Medical Lake last Saturday. CFP came back to defeat Rosa's, 10-9 and win their second Majors title. Rosa's Pizza took an early lead with two runs in the first inning. Down 7-1, CFP started their come- back by scoring four runs in the fourth inning. After being down 9-6 in the bottom of the sixth inning, CFP's Jamel Chabot scored, followed by Jakeb Vallance's two-RBI double, which brought in the tying run. After Rosa's brought in a new pitcher, Vallance stole third, then scored to give CFP the win. AI Stover can be reached at al@cheney_freepress.com. Jakeb Vallance started on the mound for the Cheney Free Press. Cheney g 1-1 in Apple Valley double r Photo by AI Stover Phillip Murray started on the mound in the first game of Cheney's doubleheader against Apple Valley. Murray was one of four Summerhawks' pitchers who shared in an 18-7 loss in the opener. By AL STOVER Staff Reporter The Cheney 17U Sum- merhawks baseball team split a tough doubleheader against the Apple Valley Blues last Saturday, losing game one 18-7 and winning the nightcap 8-7. Cheney fought an UP- hill battle in game one as Apple Valley started with a 4-0 lead, scoring off three fielding errors. The Blues controlled the game from there, scoring 18 runs off 10 hits. The Summerhawks went through a cycle of pitchers with Phillip Mur- ray (0-1), Jack Peabody, Dylan Vercoe and Austin Johnson having turns on the mound. "Our defense didn't play real well," head coach Austin Sharp said. Cheney did manage to get some offense going. Murray was 2 for 3 with two RBIs, Peabody was 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI and Trey Martin was 3 for 4 with a double. "Our bats eventually came out but in the sixth inning Apple Valley pulled away/' Sharp said. "It was a good learning experience for my guys." The Summerhawks' dif- ficulties continued in game two with the Blues scoring six runs in the first inning. After a rough start, pitcher Matt Riggs (2-1 ) "showed up and battled," as Sharp put it, and only allowed one run and five hits to get the win on the mound. Cheney got their bats going and took the lead in the sixth inning. Cade VanWorrner, who didn't play in the first game, went 3 for 3. Murray was 2 for 3 with an RBI double and an RBI single. Sharp noted Murray's improvement at the plate. "In the first three games he didn't have a hit," Sharp said. "He's had at least two hits in the last three." Sharp said his team is "meshing together well" and will have more time to practice now that school is out. The team will focus on tightening their defense. "I think this team can compete with anyone," Sharp said. "I think the boys are starting to,realize that. When they play their best, they can beat anyone." The Summerhawks are now 3-4 for the season. After their June 16 home game against Northwest Premier Baseball Club's 16U, they host Spokane's 17U Crew, June 23. AI Stover can be reached at al@cheneyfreepress.com. Catching glimpse of 'The Cup will have to wait for now By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter The visit of Lord Stanley's Cup will have to wait at least another year. And if that is the case a year or so from now, local hockey favorite son Tyler John- son's wrist injury just might be healed so he can heft the trophy around. for the day that each member of the winning team takes it home. Johnson's Tampa Bay Light- ning lost 2-0 in game six of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs in a series where every other game was decided by one goal. Even for non-hockey fans, it was riveting to watch the amazing goaltending exhibition put on by the Blackhawks' Corey Crawford and Tampa's Ben Bishop. Those who followed John- son, the former Spokane Chief, wondered just what happened to him in the showdown for one of the most coveted - and storied - trophies in all of sports. After all, he led all scorers through the first three rounds of the playoffs with 12 goals and nine assists for 21 points. But he'd score just once versus the Blackhawks, who proved to be exceptionally stingy al- lowing shots close in, the place where Johnson was an excep- tional sniper. Still, when the final horn sounded and the Chicago cel- ebration had begun, Johnson's 23 points on 13 goals and 10 assists made him the co-leader in playoff scoring with the Hawks' Patrick Kane. The Central Valley High School grad was the odds-on favorite to capture the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP in the playoffs. That honor ulti- mately went to Chicago's Dun- can Keith, who, among other things, scored what proved to be the game winning goal at the 17:13 mark of the second period. But as the final moments ticked away Monday night at Chicago's United Center, and the Blackhawks finally got breathing room and the first two-goal lead in the series on Kane's goal with 5 minutes, 14 seconds remaining, the mys- tery surrounding Johnson was unveiled. With their fate sealed and no game seven back in Florida, the Lightning were able to reveal that Johnson played at least five games with a broken wrist. Take that all you athletes who get sidelined with muscle spasms. Johnson has beaten all the odds to make it to the Major Leagues of hockey so he's going to make the most of an opportunity that may never come again. He's American and a small guy - 5 foot, 9 inches and 175 ponds - in today's National Hockey League where, with skates on, players now rival some in the NBA in terms of height, and weight wise could double as a linebacker in the NFL. Plus he's a young man of exceptionally great ch iracter, so it would have been so great See Crunch Time page 3