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Section 2 July 9, 2015 Cheney Free Press AAA Legion team has now won 11 of last 13, clinched playoff berth Photo by Paul Delaney Medical Lake Blue Devils' player Brayden Hale easily beats the throw as he legs out a bunt in his team's July 3 game versus the Lee Johnson Battlecats in the 2015 Wood Bat Classic. The Blue Devils rallied to win the game played at Mead High School 6-3 and went on to have a 4-0 record in pod play but lost their quarterfinal match up to AAA rival Spokane Bandits 7-2. By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Spokane Blue Devils' AAA Ameri- can Legion head coach Steve Hare had hoped the recent success he had seen at a tournament in Belgrade, Mont. would provide a springboard for the Wood Bat Classic, but more importantly, his team's finish in the regular season. So far his wish has played out well as the Blue Devils swept three critical games in Spokane league play, 7-0, 12-1 and 13-3 wins over the Northeast 49ers, and then ran their win streak to seven in Wood Bat play, making it to within a game of reaching last Sunday's championship round. "You know, not a bad week at all," Hare said. "We win three league games against the 49ers, which we all kind of set the tone that we were not going to lose to them." That helped going into the Fourth of July tournament, Hare said. "We played pretty well." See Blue Devils page 10 By JOHN McCALLUM Editor The West Plains Ban- dits 16U fastpitch softball team found themselves in familiar territory at the end of last weekend's ~p~kane Youth Softball Fourth of July Shootout. The Bandits split their games Friday and Satur- day at Spokane's Dwight Merkel Sports Complex to land in Sunday's Sparkler Division title game where they finished as they did in their previous tourna- ment - second. "We seem to not be able to get over the sec- ond-place hump," Bandits head coach Byron Pavao said in an email. The Bandits had their best offensive perfor- mance of the summer so far in Spokane, bat- ting .336 as a team in earning wins over fellow 16U teams Coeur d'Alene Crush-Dement, 6-3, and the Spokane Stealth 99,14- 1, before falling in the title game 9-7 to the Montana Avalanche-Miltko. Where they didn't do so well was against 18U teams, losing 12-2 Friday to the North Idaho Xtreme Gold and Contributed photo by Byron Pavao The West Plains Bandits 16U fastpitch team celebrates their second-place finish at the Spokane Youth Softball Fourth of July Shootout. 7-2 to the Menace North- The Bandits scored Taylor John gave up west in their first game two runs in the first, three two earned runs on five Saturday. in the second and one in hits, walked two and "The tournament the sixth to open a 6-01ead struck out13 in getting the ended up being a combo in their opening win over complete-game, seven-in- 16U/18U tourney with the Crush. West Plains ningwin. 21 teams," Pavao said. banged out 12 hits, with In Friday's nightcap, "We played the teams Rachel Barsness going 3 North Idaho opened a in our age group really for 3 and Glori Cheev- 12-0 lead before the Ban- close but struggled a little ers, Kaitlyn Kinzel, Sarah dits got on the board in against the18U gold CDA Mayer and Hannah Petek the bottom of the fifth on (North Idaho) Xtreme each 2 for 3. Cheerers, Petek's two-RBI single. who ended up winning Kinzel and Mayer each the whole tourney." had two RBIs. See Bandits page 10 in By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter The field for the 52nd Lilac City Invitational GolfTournament, played July 9-12 at The Fairways Golf Course, will have a field of both profession- als and amateurs that has increased significantly, general manager and head professional, Kris Kallem said. "We're now at 72 which is up 13 from last year and ties our record participation from 2013," Kallem wrote in a news release. The tournament, the only 72-hole event in the Northwest, gets going at 9 a.m. each day and will pay the winner as much as $8,000. In addition to bigger numbers, the field also includes some familiar names, notably defend- ing champion, Tony Robydek and 2012"s professional winner Michael Roters. Other names include Manito Country Club Assistant Corey Prugh and peren- nial contenders, Kevin Pomarleau and Jason Humphrey. The course is going to present its share of challenges wl greens and roughs. "The greens will be double cut, rolled, and fast," Kallem said. Roughs are being grown out and will penalize errant shots he added. Spectator passes are $10 per day or $15 for the weekend, include park- ing, a beverage ticket and are available for purchase in the clubhouse. Net proceeds from spectator passes go to support th~ Shriners Hospitals for Children- Spokane. Special entertainment on Thursday includes the band "Smash Hit Carnival," playing at 6 p.m. Kailem said there are also other activities for spectators such as a Thursday night wedge contest, a long drive con- test and a 50/50 cash putting competition. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress. com. By AL STOVER S taff Reporter The Cheney Summer- hawks 17U baseball team went on a rollercoaster ride where they went 2-3 in the annual Wood Bat Classic tournament last weekend. Cheney struggled in the first day of competi- tion, losing to Sunnyside 11-8, and Regina Athlet- ics, 13-0. On day two, Cheney lost their first game against Lewis and Clark No. 1, 12-4, then captured their first win of the tournament against Moses Lake, 3-1. They finished the tournament with a win over North Central, 4-3, in the No. 5 seed game. Against Sunnyside, head coach Austin Sharp said his team was per- forming well until the fourth inning when the infield committed several fielding errors. "Our boys hit well but it was tough to watch de- fensively," Sharp said. At the plate, Cade VanWormer was 2 for 4 with an RBI and one run scored. Phillip Murray was I for 4 with a double, an RBI and one run. Next Cheney played the Regina Athletics, out of Canada. Logan Pratt (2-1), who shared pitching duties with Dylan Vercoe, started on the mound and kept Regina hitters off balance with well- placed off speed pitches. The Athletics adjusted in the second inning and went on an offensive tear that helped them win the game. Sharp said Cheney managed to get some runners on second and See Cheney 17U page 2 Phillip Murray stays on and Clark runner slides Photo by AI Stover third base just as the Lewis into the bag. Stripping Mayweather of WBO title was the right thing to do By AL STOVER Staff Reporter Floyd Mayweather Jr. is scheduled to have the final fight of his illustri- ous career Sept. 12, but he's going to be doing it with one less champion- ship on the line. The World Boxing Organization (WBO) stripped Mayweather of the WBO welterweight (147 pounds) title on Monday - the same championship he added to his large trophy case after he defeated.Manny Pacquiao in their highly anticipated - but under- whelm- n g fight. h e WB O stripping Mayweather of the title isn't the result of any recent criminal activity. The sanctioning body's actions were a result of money and rule breaking on Mayweath- er's part. According to the WBO, Mayweather did not pay the $200,000 sanctioning fee bythe July 3 deadline. The WBO See Crunch Time page 2