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I CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, July 23, 2015 SECTION 2 I SPORTS Blue Is is both SU d frustrati By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter In the end and despite a number of high points, the Spokane Blue Devils AAA American Legion baseball team will consider their 2015 season one where they just might have underachieved. The Blue Devils season came to an end in the playoffs for the Spokane league los- ing 14-5 to the Northstars, beating the N.E. 49ers 10-0 in a July 13 doubleheader but being eliminated 10-0 by the Cannons July 14 in the double-elimination tournament. "I'm sure everyone would say this. We all had .higher expectations of our ab'flity.' head coach Steve Hare said. "I felt like we didn't achieve those in the last couple of games." The Blue Devils finished 26-21 overall As feared, Hare did run out of regular pitching arms. He put regular cateher Ceil- fin Bacon on the mound in the champion- ship game, a 15-1 loss, to Nampa. Bacon's battery mate was Medical Lake'S Brayden Hale, normally a second baseman. The Boise success was maybe cancelled out by general fatigue in the league play- offs which began July 13, one day and a nearly 500 mile drive removed from Boise. In their opener against the Northstars, the Blue Devils were tied 5- 5 going into the eighth inning when the visitors erupted for seven runs in the 145 victory. The Blue Devils stayed alive with their easy win over the 49ors but two big innings, a four-run first and a five-run fourth were too much to overcome versus and 7-5 in Spokane AAA league play. The year was one of streaks of suc- cess, and fits of frustra- tion. At one juncture the "I'm sure every-' Blue Devils won seven consecutive games and one would say this. 11 of 12, reaching the We all had higher quarterfinals of the July FourthWoodBatClassic expectations of our and being runners-up ability. I felt like we at the Belgrade, Mont. Tournament. They were didn't achieve those also surpr runners-up in the last couple of at a tournament in Boise, games." despite bringing only12 players. Blue Devils head coach The season was a Steve Hare grind as in the final 25 days of the season be- tween June 19 and July 14, they played 32 games. "The last 3-4 weeks, it was six days of the week playing baseball, some of those days playing doubleheaders, Mondays generally being a day where we kind of took a breath before we hit it up again that Tuesday," Hare' said. Four players stayed home for the Boise tournament. "I was a little uncertain taking 12 guys down there," Hare said. "I was kind of going through pitrahers that we had and arms, it's going to be tight." A long six-hour drive to Boise seemed to play into the opening day 7-2 loss to the Boise Capitals. But the Blue Devils re- bounded to win their next four, earning the berth based on record and runs against. Spokane defeated Elko, Nev. 6-0, the Boise Senators 9-2, scored a 3-1 win over the BK Bombers and wrapped up pool play with a 7-2 victory over the VaUivue Titans to earn the right to meet the Nampa Chiefs. the Cannons. "Overall I'm very happy with how we did and look forward to bringing back some of those guys next year," Hare said. A number of the members of the team, including both Medical Lake recruits, Brayden Hale and Cory Wagner, have told Hare they plan to return. "Thas a very positive things going into next year," he said. Hale and Wag- ner played key roles throughout the season for the Blue Devils. "They earned it," Hare said. In the final nine games Wagnerfinished 9 for 28 with six runs scored. Hale played in seven of those contests and went 6 for 20 with two runs scored and five RBIs. "They were very much a focal point to our team," Hare said. "I was happy to have them around." 2015 was Hate's first fuU-length sea- son from start to finish. In his first year as coach he took over the program late and was unable to put his personal stamp on things. Overall Hare is happy w itl! the season, but like any endeavor ~the~are things that he sees that can. be tinkered with. "There's a few things I want to tweak going into next year to make it run even more smooth," Hare said. "It was nice to be able to provide very affordable summer baseball for the guys," Hare said. "Thatys my ultimate goal." Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@c~ss.com. Contributed photo by Leroy Lemaster School guys prevail During Medical Lake's 2015 Tennis-A-Then July 15-16, a special doubles match took place between members of the Medical Lake School District and local govemment officials. Pictured above are Cardinal athletics director Chris Spring, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, Medical Lake Superin- tendent of Schools Tim Ames and Medical Lake Mayor John Higgins. "Tim and I won by a nose," reported Spring. The event raised several thousand dollars for local charities. continued from page 1 ence in their playing," Fell said. "We are finally Martin was 3 for 5 there. This week was with a double, a triple, definitely a morale boost. three RBIs and three runs. You can tell they are play- Maike Goodloe went 3 ing much more loose and for 6 with a double and having more fun." four runs for the day. On the mound, Ow- Jonathon Owings was 3 ings (1-0) picked up a for 5 with three RBIs and win in game two of the two runs. Dylan Arthur doubleheader against the was 3 for 4 with two RBIs Red Storm. Garrett Hagel and one run. (1-0) earned his first win, Against the Joes, throwing a no hitter with Cheney jumped out to seven strikeouts. an early 7-0 lead in the Dylan Arthur (2-0) second inning and car- picked up wins in game tied their momentum for one of the doubleheader, the rest of the game. Fell where he threw a no-hit- said hiS defense backed ter, and against the Joes. up Arthu~ On the mound ' Chen;ey i'S 5,9 and and kept the Joes to one still sits in the fourth run. Individual statistics place in the Spokane In- were not available as of dians Youth Baseball press time. League 15U standings. "I could feel a differ- They played their final regular game of the sea- son against Northwest Premier, July 22. They'll finish the season in the league tournament this weekend. "I think we're as good as anyone we've played," Fell said. "We're going to be a dangerous team go- ing into this weekend." Al Stover can be reached at al@cheneyfreepress.com. continued from page 1 for 3 with an RBI and one run. "In those last three innings, our bats were great," Sharp said. "They battled and came back." In addition to hiS suc- cess at the plate, Van- Wormer (1-0) got his first win on the mound after he shared pitching du- ties with Logan Pratt and Riggs. Unfortunately, Cheney couldn't carry their offensive momen- tum into their rematch against Premier. Al- though the Summer- hawks scored most of their runs late in the game, they could not catch up. At the plate, Trey Martin was 4 for 4!with a double, two RBIs and two runs. Austin Johnson was 1 for 2 with an RBI double. VanWormer was 2 for 4 with an RBI and Witt was I for 4 with two runs. Riggs i(2,5), Dylan Arthur arld Witt shared pitching duties. "I was proud of our pitchers for stepping in there," SHarp said. "We just got hammered, it was a long game." Cheney (10-12) wrapped up their season Tuesday with a double- header against Northwest Premier's 16U team. The Summerhawks lost their first game to Premier 16U, 14-5, in June. 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