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CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, July 30, 2015 SECTION 2 SPORTS iii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!~i;ii~i~i;i~i~i~i~ continued from page 1 Depth is also in abun- and the Big Sky's aIl-t ne dance with the defensive leading tackler, linebacker, sion power, Northern line and at cornerback. Ronnie Hamlin. Eastern Iowa, Sept. 12. Then ' Eastern's offensive line also lost a pair of starting comes the home openerwill be senior iominat- defensive linemen and at Roos Field versus Mon- ed. All-America safety Tevin tana State, the team EWU Along with a changeMcDonald. is expected to battle with at quarterback, Eastern"From a fan's point of again for the champion- has a different look on view, you probably won't ship. the defensive side where see much difference neces- EWU's offense will the Eagles will employ a sarfly schematically/' head still be quite potent with new 4-2-5 base defense coach Beau Baldwin said FCS Offensive Player of under new coordinator, of the new defense. the Year candidate Coo- Jeff Schmedding. In addi- Baldwin, who enters per Kupp headlining a tion to installing the new his eighth season at East- deep and talented list of scheme Schmedding will ern, has 43 returning let- receivers and tight ends need to replace the likes of terwinners. Included are for the Eagles. three-time AU-American 13 starters and 12 players continued from page 1 The Summerhawks carried some of their of- fensive momentum into game two, however the pitching gave up 13 hits and walked eight batters helped Premier take the lead in the fourth inning. "Those fourth and seventh innings cost us some runs, but I was pretty proud of our of- fensive performance," Sharp said. At the plate, Logan Pratt was 2 for 3 with an RBI. Murray and Dylan Vercoe were both I for 2 with an RBI. Pratt started on the mound with Witt reliev- ing him in the top of the third and Riggs (2-5) clos- ing. In the beginning of the season, Cheney split dou- bleheaders with Mission who earned All-Big Sky Conference honors a year ago. Eastern has advanced to the FCS Playoffs four of the last five years under Baldwin, a two-time Big Sky Coach of the Year. He enters the 2015 season with a 67-26 record in seven seasons to currently rank seventh in the 50-year his- tory of the Big Sky with a .726 winning percentage. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress. co___mm. Valley, out of Montana, Apple Valley and Priest River. They dropped games against the 17U Crew and Premier's 16U team before sweeping Priest River in a June 25 doubleheader. The Summerhawks also found some success in tournaments, going 2-3 in the Wood Bat Classic, July 2-5, and 2-2 in the Red Hawk Classic Tour- nament in Yakima, July 9-12. Prior to the July 21 doubleheaderi Cheney defeated Cashmere, 12-11 in a game that went extra innings, July 14, then lost to Northwest Premier's 17U team, 20-7, the next day. Sharp noted the team's improvement at the plate throughout the season. Martin, who played all 23 games had a .420 bat- ting average, followed by Witt (.382). VanWorrner, who split his time with the Summerhawks and the 17U crew, had a .500 batting average in the 15 games he played with Cheney. "The boys learned a set approach and got better at the plate," Sharp said. "Everyone improved a lot not only in hitting, but also in base running." In pitching, the team had a 6.0 earned run av- erage. Leading the Sum- merhawks was Murray, who had a 3.36 ERA and struck out 26 batters. "A lot of our guys got some experience on the mound," Sharp said. "I put some of the pitchers in stressful spots and next year you'll see the experi- ence they got out of those situations." Overall, Sharp said the season was a suc- cessful one that helped prepare players for spring baseball. "I've been talking with (head coaches) Mike Ca- gle and Kerry Kelly and all of these kids have a chance at playing varsity next year," Sharp said. Al Stover can be reached at al@cheneyfreepress.com. continued from page 1 event's heats are split into into an already thin bot- multiple days. tom line. elsewhere, even in De- "It's 45 seconds of Locations for races troit, the birthplace of excitement punctuated also play a part he said. top-flight hydroplane by hours of boredom," While doing research for racing. Fitzsimmons likes to say. a commissioned painting It was that city's in- "For television it has to be -Fitzsimmonsisalsoatal- ability to land a sponsor three hours max." ented and sought after artist that allowed the shift to Another hole in the and builder of exact replica Tri-Cities for the Gold hydro hull over the de- modelboats- helookedat Cup. More importantly, cades is the shift in cul- photos of the old 1960s pit however, its long-stand- ture. area for Seafair and discov- ing race was first canceled Successful races in ered a significantly differ- all together, but now re- the past relied heavily ent Mercer Island. The once vived with the help of on the service clubs in sparsely populated shore is the United Autoworkers their respective commu- now jammed with homes Labor Union and set to be nities. "If it was not for and lake users who don't run Aug. 22-23. the Seattle Jaycees there like the boats encroaching Competition issues would not have been a on their lake. aside, with there being race," Fitzsimmons said There once was no big- only a small handful of recently, ger fan of hydroplane rac- boats that can really put Groups like the Jay- ing than Fitzsimmons, but on a race the people can cees, Rotary, Lions and he'swatchingasporthehas enjoy, the once mighty Kiwanis all played a part loved for decades possibly "thunderboats" from the in establishing eventsfade into history. He sees 50s, 60s and 70s struggle like Seafair, which has the day when the rooster- with money, had hydroplanes churn-tails no longer climb from Sponsorships are ing the water for seven the water, but is not sure spotty because the hydros decades, when that will happen. have never been able to "Nobody joins any- "The sport is like a cat be packaged into a timely more," Fitzsimmons with nine lives and they're offering for television, said and because of that on 8.5," he said. the force that drives all events have to contract PaulDelaneycanbereached sports. Race day is hours for crowd control and atpdelaney@c epress. long, even now when the other services, cutting com. 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