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CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, July 9, 2015 SECTION 2 SPORTS II col win, Summerhawks shut out Red Storm 12-0 By AL STOVER S taff Reporter The Cheney Sum- merhawks 15U baseball team picked up their first win of the season and snapped a four-game losing streak, Monday after they shut out the Red Storm, 12-0. Before that game, they lost to the Hurricanes, 74, June 30. Against the Hurri- canes, the Summerhawks got an early burst of of- fense, scoring all four of their runs in the first inning, including Luke Martin's two-run home run. Unfortunately the H~irricanes were able to mount their own of- fensive attack and came back to win. "Our guys were being much more ag- gressive this time at the plate," head coach Nick Fell said. "They were battling on two-strike pitches whereas before they would just let them go by. Unfortunately the Hurricanes got their momentum going and won." Jacob Lauber (0-2) started the game while Julian Chabot came in to relieve him in the sixth inning. "They did really well and kept us in the game," Fell said. Against the Red Storm, Cheney scored two runs in the first in- ning. They added three in the third inning and seven in the fourth to force the mercy rule in the fifth. Offensive high- lights included doubles from Martin and Chabot, as well as Garrett Hagel's two-RBI single. Maikie Goodloe (1-1) got his firSt win on the mound, throwing a one- hitter. "The boys showed up ready to play and look- ing for some revenge," Fell said. "Last time they played the Red Storm, they didn't feel they were playing to their potential." The Red Storm shut out Cheney, 6-0, June 25 in their first game against each other. Cheney is now 1-4 and sits in fourth place in the Spokane Indians Youth Baseball League standings. After their July 7 game against the Joes, the Summerhawks will play the Hurricanes July 13 at Rogers JV baseball field in Spokane. "It was good to see them get that first win and finally get that mon- key off their back," Fell said. "Baseball is conta- gious and hopefully we can keep this momentum going." Al Stover can be reached at continued from page 1 third base but couldn't bring them home. Regina kept Cheney to five hits. Andrew Witt was 2 for 3. Dylan Arthur, Trey Mar- tin and Jacob Lauber, who also plays on the Cheney 15U Summerhawks team, also had hits. "They were a really good team," Sharp said. "The guys did everything I asked of them. Regina was just that good." continued from page 1 requires fighters to pay up to 3 percent of their purse - a minimum of $1,000 and a maximum of $200,000 -- in order to fight for a world title. This sanctioning fee is less than 1 percent of Mayweather's $235 mil- lion purse. The second reason for the WBO's action is because Mayweather hasn't vacated his light middleweight (154 pounds) champion- ships after winning the welterweight title from Pacquiao. It's against sanctioning rules to allow fighters to hold championships in dif- ferent weight classes. Unlike the WBO, the World Boxing Associa- tion and World Boxing Council have allowed Mayweather to hold their 147-pound cham- pionships. After his bout with Pacquiao, Mayweather said he would discuss with his team the pos- sibility of vacating the WBO welterweight title t allow other fighters a chance to compete for the belt. "I want to give oth- er fighters a chance," Mayweather said dur- ing a post-fight press conference. "I'm not The game against Lewis and Clark was similar to the one against Sunnyside with Cheney struggling on defense.. Murray (2-2) and Arthur shared pitching duties. After being down 8- 0 in the fourth inning, the Summerhawks had a short burst of offense, scoring four runs. "We just couldn't close the gap," Sharp said. 'YI felt like that was a game we should have won." Before the Moses Lake game, Sharp had a pep talk with the team and challenged them to "put their best effort forward." What resulted was a strong defensive perfor- mance that included four double plays from the infield. Witt (1-0) picked up his first win on the mound, throwing a three- hitter. Witt also had some success at the plate, go- ing 1 for 3 with an RBI. Jack Peabody was I for 3 with a double, an RBI and one run. Cheney carried that momentum into Satur- day's game against North Central. Lauber (1-0) got the win on the mound and gave up only three runs. With the score tied 3-3 in the seventh inning, Trey Martin hit a single to bring in Lauber for the winning run. "We ended the tour- greedy. I'm a world champion in two differ- ent weight classes. It's time to let other fighters fight for the belt." In the past, May- weather, who has won championships in five different divisions, has vacated his world titles when he's moved up in weight. It seems May- weather had a change of heart and decided to keep the champion- ship. He even asked for a deadline extension of Aug. 1, however the sanctioning body re- fused the champion's request and proceeded to vote on whether or man regained the wel- terweight title in 2014 after he beat Bradley in their rematch. From a fan's stand- point, the WBO's ac- tions seem petty and the latest evidence of corruption in the sport. But from their view, why should a fighter be allowed to keep the title if he doesn't follow the - assuming that his retirement sticks. May- weather briefly retired in 2009 after his fight with Ricky Hatton. The retirement lasted less than two years. Some fans may criti- cize Bradley and claim "he's not the real cham- pion," and "it belongs to Floyd" but the boxing world is going to have rules? It's also unfair to to move on when May- other fighters to have someone holding titles in more than one weight class. If you had a chal- lenger going up against Mayweather for his light middleweight titles, he'd have to wait until not to strip him of the the champion decides to defend his title against him. Of course May- weather has defended his light middleweight titles with a title defense once a year. I say let Bradley keep the title and defend it. Mayweather is on his way out the door in Sep- tember where he will compete in his last fight against an unnamed op- ponent. For Mayweather the welterweight title does have sentimental value since he won it from Pacquiao, a long- time adversary. But does he really need it? He'll more than likely vacate it, along with the rest of his championship titles belt. The WBO 147-pound title won't be without a champion for long. Timothy Bradley, who became the interim wel- terweight champion af- ter defeating Jessie Var- gas in a controversial decision in June, will be elevated to world cham- pion status. This is Brad- ley's second reign as the WBO welterweight champion: He first won the title in 2012 after he defeated Pacquiao via a controversial decision. In accordance with the rules, Bradley vacated his light welterweight titles to keep the 147- pound belt he won. Pac- weather finally :hangs up the gloves for good. Of course, May- weather could always challenge Bradley for the title in September and reclaim the belt that was taken for him, becoming a two-time WBO welterweight champion - even if it is just for one night. Al Stover can be reached at / iiii:i !i!i! >: iliiii iili!! I:;i !C! i!iii! !iii! :: 11:1 )ii: i< IC x: :7 i:ii~ ii~ii ]i~ii ~!:~ !:1 a a ilil i:) "u ilil a v: nament on a high note," Sharp said. "The team knew we had some tough competition and they played hard." Overall, Cheney is 7- 9 for the summer, They will be on the road this weekend as they travel to Yakima to compete in a tournament, July 9-12. Their first game is against Arlington, at 2 p.m. Sharp hopes his team can carry the momen- tum from Wood Bat and keep it going when they travel to Yakima. "This team is real- ly coming along," he said. "They can play well whenthey set their minds on it. When they're clicking, they're fun to watch." Sharp added that Cheney will likely play one or two of the same teams they encountered in the Wood Bat tourna- ment at the upcoming tournament. Al Stover can be reached at