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1CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, July 2, 2015 SECTION 2 SPORTS II Miscommunication results in short Summerhawks week By AL STOVER Staff Reporter The Cheney Summerhawks 15U team had what was supposed to be a busy week turn into a short one, losing their only game to the Red Storm, 6-0, June 25. Against the Red Storm, head coach Nick Fell said Cheney's pitching performed better than in past games. Colten Horst (0-1), who was pitching for the first time in a year-and-a-half, started the game, giv- ing up only two runs in the first two innings. Julian Chabot relieved Horst for the rest of the game. The Red Storm's defense kept the Summerhawks from mounting any offense with their pitcher striking out 13 Cheney batters. Miscommunication led to the Summerhawks's three-game week turning into one. Cheney was scheduled to play Northwest Premier Baseball club's 15U team, June 22. Premier had rescheduled the game and informed the umpires but not the Summerhawks, who made the two-hour drive to Post Falls before they learned about the cancellation. The June 24 game between the Summerhawks and the Joe's never-happened due to lack of an umpire. The official scheduled to call the game thought it was in Medical Lake. Both teams waited until 7 p.m. - an hour after the game's scheduled start time - before deciding to play a one-hour scrimmage. "I was very pleased with what I saw from the scrimmage," Fell said. 'YOur approach at the plate was strong and we scored a couple of runs. It was what I wanted to see but it didn't carry over into the game against the Red Storm for whatever reason." Cheney is 0-3 and in fifth place in the Spokane Indians Youth Baseball League 15U team standings. After their June 30 game against the Hurricanes, the Summerhawks play the Red Storm July 6 at Rogers JV baseball field in Spokane. Fell said his team will continue to focus on funda- mentals and hitting - specifically situational hitting - leading up to the Red Storm rematch. AI Stover can be reached at al@cheneyfreepress.com. continued from page 1 Pitching for the Blue Devils was a little spot- ty, but defense picked up any slack during the rest of the tournament. "That first game took off and all of a sudden you just see the next games kinda' go the same route," Hare said. "Even the one where we were down 8-1 (in .the third)," that being their second contest against Bitterroot. Win or lose Hare told his players, they were playing a game the following day to see who goes to the cham- pionship. He told his guys to relax and they rallied to a 12-8 vic- tory in five innings. "It was quite the impres- sive thing," Hare said. "We just went after it and saw the other team fold." Bitterroot quickly erased any memory of its meltdown in the title The Blue Devils host the Mead Pod in the AAA division of the Fourth of July tournament, open- ing versus N.W. Premier game. at 8 a.m. Thursday. "They weren'tgoing Hare will start the to let up on us when we other member of the team played that championship from Medical Lake, Cory game," Hare said. "We Wagner in the opener, were making errors that confident of both his arm were mental and physical, and bat. We haven't seen'that in a "I have Cory (Wagner) couple of weeks." starting on the mound/' It was a good trip Hare said. "He's become for team bonding and my ace throughout the getting the ship righted, summer." Hare said. "We'll look to Wagner's bat has see how this leads into blossomed, Hare said. this week (and the Wood "This past five games, Bat)." he has hit the ball so Hare hopes to keep well." At Belgrade, Wag- the Montana momen- ner went 7 for 11 with tum alive this weekend, six RBIs and four runs "I treat it like any other scored. game when it comes to P a u l D e I a n e y league games," Hare said. "I'm going to play my best nine." Nichols gets his chance can be reached at pdelaney@chenegfreepress, with Eskimos com. Matt Nichols' Canadian continued from page 1 Tournament against Sun- nyside at 8 a.m., today (July 2) and then Regina Athletics at 6 p.m. They'll play the next day (July 3), against Lewis and Clark No.1 at 8 a.m., then Moses Lake at 6 p.m. The Summerhawks will also play a game on July 4. Sharp said the team has been focusing on tightening their defense and working on their "small ball" strategy. "I think we'll be ready," Sharp said. "The team has their confi- dence back and every- one is coming back from football and basketball camps. We have the abil- ity to beat any team in this tournament." AI Stover c4n be reached at al@cheneyfreepress.com. Football League profes'- sional career has been full of injuries so far, but the former Eastern Washing- ton Eagle might finally have his chance. With Edmonton Eski- mos' starting quarterback Mike Reilly sidelined by a knee injury suffered in a 26-11 loss to Toronto iast Saturday, Nichols, the backup signal caller,, will likely be the starter for the foreseeable future. Reilly is expected to be out 10-12 weeks. The 20i4 season saw Nichols have an injury free season for the first time since signing with the Eskimos. In the West Final against Calgary, Nichols completed 9 of 15 passes for 92 yards in relief of ReiIIy. Nichols spent the 2013' season on the sidelines with a knee injury suf- fered in the first pre season game. A dislocated ankle ended his 2012 season in the CFL playoffs. Photo by AI Stover Julian Chabot pitched the first inning in the Summer- hawks' June 24 scrimmage against the Joes. Karl Knowlton named new Medical Lake volleyball coach By PAUL DELANEY S taff Reporter Brewster, Wash. na- tive and budding teacher Kari Knowlton is the latest person who will attempt to turn the volleyball ship around at Medical Lake High School. Knowlton succeeds Amanda Higgins who had to resign due to conflicts with her regular job at Zak Designs. She will be the fourth volleyball head coach at ML since 2007. "I firmly believe that this program needs to get back to the basics and build a strong foundation in the fundamentals of the game to become suc- cessful," Knowlton said. Medical Lake struggled through an 0-14 season in 2014. The 2009 graduate of Brewster High played collegiately for a year at Community Colleges of Spokane before transfer- ring to Grand Canyon University to study edu- cation. Knowlton plans to graduate in the winter of 2016. Knowlton, 24, has played volleyball, since she was 8-years-old and earned a spot on Brew- ster's varsity team as a freshman. She was MVP of the Caribou Trail League her senior year and named to the All State team. While at CCS, Knowlton was part of the Sasquatch's league cham- pionship team. . PaulDelaneycanbereached at pdela cheneyfreepress. com, Cantaloupes, Honeydews, Mini or Tuscan Melons club price: $2.50 ea. Club Price Prices effective 712115 thru 71711 5 ~ ~ 21