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SPORTS SECTION 2 CHENEYFREEPRESSI3 Thursday, June 18, 2015 d in Summer 16U Silver B r, r L By JOHN McCALLUM Editor The West Plains Ban- dits 16U softball team rallied from a 0-2 start to take second-place in the Silver Division bracket of last weekend's Spokane Girls Fastpitch Softball Association's Summer Classic at the Dwight Merkel Sports Complex in Spokane. The Bandits lost a pair of one-run games, 2-1 in the Friday night opener to the Diamonds-Valcano and an 8-7 setback Satur- day morning to the North Idaho Xtreme-Craig. West Plains managed just two hits against the Diamonds, taking the lead in the first inning when Grace Lilje walked and subsequently scored on three Diamonds' er- rors. Bandits pitcher Tay- lor John scattered seven hits, only to have the Diamonds rally in'their final at bat when Jolene House reached base on a West Plains error, Kait- lyn Turner reaching on a single followed by Carlie Durgeloh's one-out, game-winning two-RBI single. The Bandits found themselves in an 8-3 hole Saturday against NI Xtreme-Craig, but rallied in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI groundout by Rachel Barsness and Contributed photo Byron Pavao West Plains Bandits posing with their Spokane Girls Fastpitch Softball Association Summer Classic Silver Bracket trophy are back row left to right ooach Phillip John, Sarah Mayer, Taylor John, Alex Steinmetz, coach James Kinzel, coach Byron Pavao, Taylor Pavao, Glori Cheevers, Kaitlyn Kinzel, coach Joe Cheevers and Grace Lilje. Front row are Lexi Gonzalez, Claire Dormaier, Hannah Madsen and Hannah Petek. a two-RBI single from Lilje to pull within one at 8-7, but could get no closer. Lilje was 2 for 3 at the plate, with Kaitlyn Kinzel going 2 for 2 in the Bandits' seven-hit effort. The Bandits finally broke through into the win column in the after- noon, scoring four runs in the final two innings to come from behind for a 7-6, five-inning win over the Liberty Lake Lightning. In the fourth, Glori Cheevers while John went 2 for 2. two in the third and fifth led off with a triple, and Pavao started on the innings. eventually scored on an mound, lifted for Lilje Cheevers again led error by the Lightning's in the third, with John the Bandits at the plate, right fielder, coming on in the fourth going 3 for 3 with two Sarah Mayer worked to get the win. RBIs and two runs while a one-out walk and then West Plains' 1-2mark Dormaier was 2 for 2 scored onTaylor Pavao's in pool play landed them and Lexi Gonzalez was RBI triple. John then in the Silver Bracket for "2 for 3 with an RBI and singled to bring home Sunday's final round two runs. Lilje got the Pavao, tying the game. where they ran off back- win, giving up two runs In the fifth, Barsness to-back wins to reach the on two hits while walk- led off with a single, and bracket's title game. The ing five and striking out scored the game-winner Bandits opened with five. on Cheevers' one-out a 7-2 win over Stealth West Plains followed RBI Single. Cheevers 99-Hendrickson, scor-withtheir third consecu- was 3 for 3 at the plate ing three in the first and tive win, scoring six runs Time continued from page 1 one of the perks that each player receives is to take to have a visit from "The the trophy back to his Cup." hometown for one day. Besides its longevity, Over the years the having first been played places the Stanley Cup for in 1894, the trophy has been and the stories donated by then Governor it could tell if it could talk General of Canada, Lord would be amazing. Won- Frederick Arthur Stanley der if it recalls being lost in is unique among sports in a canal in Canada decades that not only are the win- ago after whomever had it ning teams listed, but so got a bit drunk and tossed is each and every player, it in the water. coach and others. Did it have a hard time On thecurrent five rings breathing when brothers that sit below the simple Rob and Scott Nieder- silver bowl, there are over mayer from just across the 2,000 names engraved on border in Cranbrook, Brit- the trophy that weighs in ish Columbia reportedly atabout 35 pounds. The toted the trophy to the top trophy has its own fulltime of one of the 10,000 foot "keeper," who, withwhite in the Canadian Rocky gloves, accompanies the Mountains peaks that look cup wherever it goes. down upon their l ome- Besides the thrill of town? winning the Stanley Cup, Scott Parker brought Dr. David Turner, DMD Modern Most dental dentistry insurances with 01d accepted fashioned including Tricare care ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS Airway Heights Family Dentistry 9173 W. Sunset Hwy. 509-456-4220 the Stanley Cup to Spo- kane in the summer of 2001 after the former Spokane Braves' and Kelowna Rockets" player won it while playing with the Colorado Avalanche. He had a special private viewing in the Spokane Oldtimers Hockey dress- ing room where the guys lined up to have photos taken as if they were pos- ing with a Super Model. In the wishful woul- da,' shoulda,' coulda' world that many here hoped would happen if the Lightning had won, Johnson would have been one of over a dozen play- ers who have had Spo- kane roots to win the trophy. He would have joined the likes of others such as Mark Rypien who won a Super Bowl, and RIDING LESSON-0- ! Fun Summer Activity " I I ENROLLING NOW! iI | For more information: I I ww e,a.ona..d,ngacademycom . | 3714 W. Anderson Rd., Cheney, WA o9-29o-43o, f- ......... ~;iiii, iiii;iiiiii;ii;!i;~i;i;iiiiiiii~ ::~!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiii~ VA Approved Courses: Instrument Airplane and Commerda[ AirpLane Singte Engine Land PremLer Part 141 FLight TrainLng ~:. ~ Y~::co~Ld be eligible for up to $34;600 ~:~ ..... Must HoLd at Least a~, r[vate PiLot Certi?(c~{e and CLass I! M~ Tom Sneva, who's won It would have been a the Indy 500 as havingheck of a 25th birthday realized boyhood dreams party on July 29 if that were being tops in their sport, the day he chose for the However, Johnson Cup's local homecoming. would have been the first PaulDe!aneycanbereached hockey athlete actually at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress. born in Spokane. com. in the top of the seventh to rally from a 3-2 deficit and down the Chewelah Hurricanes 8-3. Cheevers was 3 for 4 at the plate with an RBI while Lilje was 2 for 4 with an RBI and two runs. John got the win, giv- ing up three runs on five hits while walking two and striking out five over seven innings. Sunday afternoon's bracket title game was a rematch with Liberty Lake. The Lightning broke a 2-2 tie with three runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth, and this time didn't let the Bandits rally, hold- ing off a late West Plains charge for a 7-z win. "The girls played some really close games all weekend," West Plains head coach By- ron Pavao said. "I felt like we had opportuni- ties in every game we lost to have changed the outcome but just couldn't get a timely hit or stop." Offensively, the Ban- dits were 47 for 154 in the tournament for a .305 average, up from .266 in the North Idaho Xtreme Tournament. Cheevers was 11 for 18, .611, with four RBIs and four runs while Lilje was 8 for 16 with four RBIs and six runs. John went 2-3 on the mound, posting a 4.08 earned run average over 24 innings of work while Lilje went 1-0 with a 4.0 ERA. The Bandits com- mitted 11 errors in 78 fielding chances for a .912 percentage. John McCal- lum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress.com. g Spokane International Air :~ort 8125 W Pilot )rive (509 458-2359 Spokane, WA 99224 ,~vw~northwestflic:htschoo[ corn