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Th ursday, June 28, 2012 Free Press Section 2 Page 1 By JOHN McCALLUM Editor A doubleheader sweep of Lewis and Clark helped the Summer Hawks get out of the win one, lose one cycle and into third place of the Spokane American Legion's AA American League standings. Ch'eney scored in each inning of its five-inning, 11-0 win over the visiting Tigers last Wednesday, and hung four runs on LC in the top of the second en route to an 8-1 victory in the nightcap. Coupled with Monday's doubleheader split with Ameri- can League leading Asotin, the sweep gives the Summer Hawks a 7-5 mark, a half game back of University (5-2) and 3.5 behind Asotin (11-2). "It was really a great series," Summer Hawks manager Kadeem Smalls said of the LC sweep. "We went out and played our game. We tried to focus on dialing up the pressure and getting good quality at bats." Cheney's first five hitters reached base in the first inning of the LC opener, eventually pushing across four runs. The Summer Hawks added one in the second and three in both the third and fourth in the win. ' Dominic Bonilla led Cheney's "It was really a great series. We went gilt and played our game. We tried to focus on dialing up the pressure and getting good quality at bats." Summer Hawks' manager Kadeem Smalls 10-hit attack with three hits, scoring twice and stealing three The Summer Hawks continued their offensive Kadeem Smalls: bases. Tristan Flippo had two onslaught in the nightcap, banging out nine hits Summer Hawks' hits, two runs and four steals and scoring four runs in the second and three in manager while Connor Netz, Josh Ar-'~ the fifth for the win. Austin Harding led With four thur, Sawyer Sims, Robby Cook hits, including two doubles, with Bonilla, Cook, and Tyler Gustafson each had singles. Tanner Gamby and Jacob Christianson all adding Sims (1-0) got the win on the mound, giving up singles and Flippo a double. two hits while striking out four in three innings.. Netz (2-0) went the distance for the win, allow- Kyle Krieger came on in the fourth, pitching"pretty ing just one hit. well"Smalls said in two innings of relief, giving Cheney used a six-run bottom of the sixth to up one hit and striking out two. rally for a 9-5 win,in the opener last Monday against Asotin. Arthur's 2 RBI double keyed a stretch where seven straight Summer Hawks reached base in the inning, beginning with Netz getting hit by a pitch. Harding (1-2, save) went six innings for the win, striking out seven while Cook came on in the seventh. Arthur had a single to go with his double, Gustafson and Flippo each added two singles with Cook and Sims both getting singles in Cheney's eight-hit attack. In thenightcap the Summer Hawks pushed two runs across in the top of the first without benefit of a hit, but couldn't add anymore in the 5-2 loss. In fact Cheney managed just one hit, with Gustafson's single in the seventh breaking up the looming no hitter. Tyler Smith got the loss, giving up four runs in four innings while striking out four. Weather put a temporary damper on the See Cheney AA page 3 Baseball fans take safety into own hands Lawsuit seeking $150K damages for 11-year-old's errant throw takes frivolous to a new level Photo by Paul Delaney Medical Lake's Cade Weber slides safely ahead of the throw to second last Thursday in an AA American Legion baseball game won by North Central 4-3. Ili did June 11 with a 7-6 upset of Ferris. StaffReporterBYPAUL DELANEY "I told the boys UHi is one of the best programs And the win over U-Hi was just as big The Medical Lake AA American year-in and year-out in Spokane so this was just a accrdingtheadcachKerryKelly' Legion baseball team continues to be huge win." "I told the boys U-Hi is one of the a puzzling group, best programs year-in and year-out in One night - like this past Monday Medical Lake head coach Kerry Kelly Spokane so this was just a huge win," - Medical Lake played the port of giant be baffled. Like when Medical Lake Chewelah (4-6/National League) and Kelly said. killers and overachievers when they started last week with a split in games a doubleheader last night (July 27) at Medical Lake got the big win with a pulled off a dramatic 7-5 win over against Central Valley (3-8), winning home with West Valley:(2-6/Ameri- huge six-run fourth and then closed it University. The Spokane Valley visi- 6-0 and losing 7-6 and then lost 4-3 to can). It could be a great opportunity to out with timely defense. Medical Lake tors, who with a 5-1 record going into a 1-9 North Central team June 22 or solidify a possible playoff berth, trailed 3-0 going into the inning. the game, were one of the top teams 7-4 to 3-5 Mead last Saturday But then again it all depends on They loaded the bases for Odessa's in the American League. The games leave ML with a 3-7 which team takes the field. Cade Weber who came up and hit Then there are the times when they record in the American' League with Medical Lake has made a living leave one to scratch~ their heads and games this past Tuesday versusknocking off the top dogs, like they See ML Legion page 3 By JOHN McCALLUM Edittrr It's amazing to me the lengths adults will go through to ruin kids' sports. It's bad enough dealing with the obnoxious par- ent who harangues coaches and officials because of course their child is the next coming of LeBron James, Peyton Manning or Albert Pujols. A New Jersey woman has now taken the adult world's intru- sion into kids' sports to a new high, or maybe low. Elizabeth Lloyd is su- ing Matthew Migliaccio for $150,000 in damages to cover medical costs, along with an undefined amount for pain and suf- ,.feting caused when she was struck two years ago at a Manchester Little League. Migliaccio, who was 11 years old at the time, was warming up a pitcher in a fenced in bullpen when his throw got away from him and hit Lloyd in the face as she was sitting at a nearby picnic table. According to the June 22 Associated Press story, Lloyd's suit alleges Migliaccio's off line throw was "intentional and reckless," "assaulted and battered" Lloyd and caused "severe, painful and permanent" injuries. A second charge, likely filed just m case the first one gets laughed out of court, alleges his actions were negligent and careless by "engaging in inappropriate physical and / or sporting activity" near Lloyd. A third charge, by Lloyd's husband, seeks dam- ages for loss of "services, society and consortium" of his wife. I looked up consortium and the only definition I found that might apply is number three: "the legal right of one spouse to the company, affection, and as- sistance of and to sexual relations with the other." Loss of services, society and legal right to the assistance of and, ahem, well. Sorry Mac. Migliaccio's father, Bob, said they were con- cerned for Lloyd when the incident happened, but then Matthew started re.craving threatening and nasty letters that swapped out concern for anger. Lloyd wants a jury trial while the Migliaccios, who can't afford litigation, just want the incident to be over. As for Little League, it's accident insurance policy covers'only the.players and coaches. Migliaccio said that if his son had been goofing around he would feel differently about the incident. As it is, he was just following instructions and be- ing a kid. "It's absurd to expect every 11-year-old to throw the ball on target," he said. "Everyone knows you've got to watch out. You assume some risk when you See Crunch Time page 2 Jim Young turns it all around in winning Spokane Hot Rod H Photo by Paul Delaney Nostalgia top fuel driver Bill Dunlap heats up his tires during a Thursday testing session at Spokane County Raceway. Points leader battlesit was Voung's second HotRod as Young smoked the tires early Heritage Series race win in as many but recovered to clock a 6.97 at 239, tune, weather to stay tries, leaving him on the bubble at the "We were definitely happy to bottom of the bracket. undefeated in series ~n Tony (Bartone) and me in the "BasicallyatthatpointIthought finals," Young said of the veteran we were done and out of the show, FROM SPOKANE COUNTY opponentwhocamefxomevenfur- and basically but ofthe pointsrace RACEWAY MEDIA ther away than did Young, towing at that point," Young said. For,a guy who had his week- in from Long Island, N.Y. There were, however, other end start off so horribly, nostalgia In an event that was dogged by entries that sought a spot in the top-fuel driver Jim Young got the drenching rain wiping out Friday eight-car field and were troubled kind of finish he probably never night's qualifying, Young himself too. Among those cars that could expected, struggled mightily, challenge Young was. Orange Young, from Salem, Wisc., "Thursday didn't go as Co unt~sMendyFry, butsheran drove his Crop Duster dragster planned," the 32-year-old driver a 7.50, ' Soithey were out and .we from an eighth place qualifying said of a test and tune session, were back in," Young said. spot to a 5.658 second, 259.66 mph "Then we ended up getting rained And the rest was some fun win in the final round to top No. out with our qualifying on Friday, history for Young who won the 2 qualifier Tony Bartone's 5.889, so Saturday morning we got one Hot Rod Heritage's opener at the 216.19 Saturday night at Spokane shot to get into the show." March Meet in Bakersfield, Calif. County Raceway. Even that was a relative disaster The 259.66 mph Young ran in the ritage race title round was a career best as well. "So basically Frank (Ousley, the car owner) made some adjustments to the car and put the old combina- tion back and the car immediately back to where it was at the March Meet/' Young said. "Every round the car just got better' and better, the track got better and better. The guys in Spokane did a really good job of keeping the track prepped; we had no problems with that whatsoever." Surprisingly, Young had little problems with the competition either, including his first-round opponent and top qualifier, Jim Murphy of Santa Rosa, Calif. He See Drags page 2