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[ CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, August 13, 2015 SECTION 2 SPORTS lains ion By JOHN McCALLUM Editor The West Plains, Ban- dits 16U fastpitch softball team wrapped up its sum- mer schedule after com- peting in the 16U/18U Western B Nationals July 28 - Aug. 1 in Spokane. The Bandits went in the tournament that in- cluded teams from Cali- fornia, Oregon and Idaho as well as Washington. "We played really well and were in some really close games other than the CDA (Coeur d'Alene) Crush game where we seemed to do everything we could to let that game get out of reach in a hurry," West Plains head coach Byron Pavao wrote in an email. The Bandits had little trouble in their tourna- ment opener July 28 against Foothills Frost Bite, rallying from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game in the bottom of the second inning before blowing it open with five runs in the third and seven in the fourth to down the visitors from Sacra- mento, Calif., 14-2. Sarah Meyer was 3 for 3 at the plate with two RBIs while Grace Lflje, Glori Cheev- ers and Taylor John each continued from' page 1 to get as close as possible to retracing some of the steps taken in 1976, when we were mere pups at age-23. It was a promise I had made to hoist a pack once again in the backcountry. While we consid- ered the idea of carrying full packs for four days in the midst of these gorgeous but rugged peaks - 25 miles or so in a loop-- reality inter- vened. Legs and shoul- ders nearly 40 years older might not handle it that well. Instead we chose a shorter trip with a good chunk carved out by our SUV that took us up to about 5,500 feet above sea level. The final 2,000 feet of eleva- tion gain to the Lakes Basin, a place where glaciers had carved out a dozen or more alpine pools 10,000 years ago was a sweat-buster and a calorie burner. But that got us just halfway to the goal of getting to the top of the area's namesake peak, The Eagle Cap, just shy of 9,600 feet. Thought to be the tallest mountain in the range, but just short of the honor, there was no going back. The Eagle Cap Wil- derness was first carved out of the Wallowa range in 1940 by foresighted outdoors people. It was one of the initial parts of the Wilderness Act of 1964 that set aside millions of acres that TOMLINSON Pete Baccarella 509-953-4598 USAF Retired BUY or SELL? vnvw.petebaccarella.com went 2 for 3 and Kaiflyn Kinzel was 2 for 2 in West Plains' 14-hit attack. John got the win on the mound, giving up no earned runs and three hits while walking three and striking out four. The win put the Ban- dits in the Pool C finals July 29 against Coeur d'Alene who, true to their team name, "crushed" the West Plains squad 17-0 in four innings. Lilje (2 for 2) and John (1 for 2) had the Bandits only hits. West Plains exited the double-elimination winners bracket the next day with a 4-3 loss to the Molalla, Ore. Mayhem. Lilje had both of the Ban- dits hits, singling in the second and scoring a run along with Claire Dor- maier, who reached on a walk, giving West Plains an early 2-0 lead. John reached second base on a two-bag er- ror in the seventh, and scored on Taylor Pavao's groundout to put the Bandits up 3-0. But the Mayhem rallied in their last at bat, tying the game on Carlie Brown's one- out triple and winning it on Mollie Hamelund's single to right. John took the loss. in relief of Lilje, who gave up no runs and two hits in five innings, Knocked into the los- ers' bracket, the Bandits made the best of their opportunities, rallying from 3-0 and 5-4 deficits to down Woodland of Sacramento, Calif. 8-5, and outlasting Norwalk No Fear.from the Los An- geles area 18-10, July. 31. After falling behind Woodland, West Plains pulled within one at 3-2 in the bottom of the first on an RBI groundout by Kinzel and an RBI single from Pavao, and took a 4-3 lead in the second on a passed ball scoring Dor- me would be enjoyed by those willing to either hike or be packed in via horse and mule. No motors or wheels are allowed inside the confines of the area's 565 square miles, nor other wilderness areas mind you. But after trudging up the trail's dozens of steep switchbacks, one had to wonder how even animals made it. After conquering the first 1,000 feet of eleva- tion from the Two Pan trailhead, the trees gave way to a wide valley where the East Fork of the Lostine River meanders and offered constant views of the sharply angled Eagle Cap. The Eagle Cap looms large and when peering up from its base near Mirror Lake it still looks like a mile's climb. Hav- ing one time hiked into and out of the Grand Canyon, the top of Eagle Cap certainly seems to be a rival, but in reality it's only half the hike to the summit. The temperatures a mile in the sky are much more pleasant even when we got a late start on Friday's "summit" attempt. Considering the thermometer on the true valley floor in En- terprise, Ore. was near 90 degrees, temps in the 70s were a blessing. The trail to the top of the Eagle Cap, like everything else we en- countered, was one rocky switchback after another. But as the trail wound its way skyward, that sharp peak inched closer. As a person who is not at all fond of heights, especially when the downhill side of the trail sinks at a solid 45- degrees and then into an unsettling horizon - a plunge to sure death -- this "hike" was not one of my favorite out- door experiences. But promising not to look down and carefully stabilize myself with a trekking pole, one final left turn revealed there was hardly any more of a hill to climb. My friends had reached the top first and when I broke through the trees they confirmed I too had made it. It was deep breath time in the noticeably thinner air. What a sight seeing how glaciers once spun themselves from the Ea- gle Cap and carved out seven different valleys from its flanks. An hour spent on top of our little world was plenty for me, but maybe not for my friends. While they sought out advice from an out- fitter in the final miles of our hike to civilization on how much it would cost to haul in their gear for a possible return trip, l was calculating when my pack would be rest- ing once and for all off the shoulders. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@chene freepress. com. 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Lilje got the win, giv- ing up seven runs - six earned - on six hits while walking three and striking out one over four innings, with Gonzalez coming on in relief in the fifth. Needing to keep win- ning to stay alive and have a chance to return to the winner's bracket finals, West Plains ran up against a familiar foe ball extremely well and consistent." Lilje was 14 for 20 overall, .700, with six RBIs. The Bandits are hold- ing tryouts Thursday, Aug. 20 in Medical Lake, and are looking to fill mul- in the July 31 afternoon " tiple positions. Check-in contest - Liberty Lake. starts at 5:30 p.m. The Lightning hung four J o h n M c C a l - runs on the Bandits in lure can be reached at the bottom of the third, jmac@cheneyfreepress.com. but West Plains rallied with two in the fourth. In their final at bat in the sixth, Lilje hit a bases-loaded, two out single scoring John, but ended the game on Pavao's groundout to second. "I was extremely happy at how well the girls played as a team," Byron Pavao said. "The highlight player of the tourney for us was Grace Lilje who hit the continued from page 1 league office announced Aug. 6. EWU's predicted finish is the program's highest since the confer- ence's coaches tabbed the Eagles to finish sixth in the Big Sky prior to the 2010 season. Eastern returns 10 letter winners and five starters from last year's squad that won eight matches and returned the program to the Big Sky Tournament for the first time since 2009. Back are First Team All- Big Sky honoree Chloe Williams and Honorable Mention All-Big Sky se- lection Savannah Hoek- stra. The duo combined to score 12 of the Eagles' 27 goals a season ago as freshmen as EWU wel- comes back 78-percent of its scoring from 2014. EWU second-year head coach Chad Bod- nar welcomes in a large group of 17 newcomers, along with two return- ing redshirts. Eastern's 2015 roster consists of 13 freshmen, 11 sopho- mores, four juniors and three seniors. Northern Arizona and Montana tied,in overall votes but NAU earned the edge 5L4 in first-place votes. EWU began training this week in advance of hosting an exhibition against Gon- zaga on Friday, Aug. 14, at 5 p.m. :~.','~ U:SE R NO tih- t School o:udiy YA Be ts Instrument AirpLane and CommerdaL Ai.rptane SLngLe Engi.ne Land Premier Part 141 FLight Tra[nLng YO0 c,~uLd be eLL.(][bie f~ up to $34 600 CaLL or VLsLt Today!, Nust HoLd at Least a Private PiLot Cert~.ficate and CLass It He