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Section 2 August 20, 2015 Cheney Free Press Contributed photo by Byron Pavao The Hot August Nights Bronze Bracket winning West Plains Bandits (Back row k to R): Laurie Jones, Bailey Ca- vanagh, Leslie Jones, Glori Cheevers, Sarah Mayer, Taylor Pavan and Lexi Jo Johnson. (Front row L to R): Lexi Gonzalez, Claire Dormaier and Macey Finch. West Plains team rallies after opening game loss to collect Bronze Bracket championship By JOHN McCALLUM Editor The West Plains Bandits 16U fastpi h softball team had one more tournament in them this summer - last weekend's Hot August Nights played Aug. 14 - 16 at Selah's Carlon Park sports complex. The unique aspect of the competition for the 19 teams from Washington, Oregon and Idaho is that all games began in the evening under the lights and wrapped up in the early morning hours. With some new players on the squad the Bandits did well, losing their first game Friday night but proceeding to win error in an eight-rtm second to pound the the next four to capture first place in the Misfits 12-0 in three innings. Finch got Bronze Bracket. the win on the mound, giving up just The Bandits dropped their opener one hit - a double in the second - while 6-1 to Washington Force 2000 from the striking out three and walking none. Tri-Cities. West Plains" only run came in The Bandits punched their ticket to the bottom of the fifth when Laurie Jones the Bronze title game with an 8-0, early singled with two outs and eventually morning win over the WA Rage from came around to score on Leslie Jones' Moses Lake. Leslie Jones gave West single to left. Plain~ all it would need when she broke Ingametwo, underway at12:40 a.m. a scoreless tie with a solo home run to Saturday morning, the Bandits opened left in the fourth, while the Bandits gave up a 6-3 lead and held on for a 6-5 win Finch, who got the win, some insurance over the Centralia Flash. Leslie Jones was with three runs in the fifth and four more 2 for 3 - including a solo home run in in the sixth, with Lexi Gonzalez smack- the third - with two RBIs and two runs ing her first ever home run, a solo shot scored to lead the Bandits offensively, in the fifth. Laurie Jones pitched four innings to get Finch scattered four hits while strik- the win, with Macey Finch coming on ing out three and walking none. She in the fifth and going three innings for also led the Bandits at the plate, going the save. 3 for 3 with three RBIs and one run West Plains had little difficulty with scored. Dayton in game three Saturday evening using sixhits, four walks and one Dayton See Bandits page 2 on By AL STOVER Staff Reporter If you think boxing world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. couldn't irate box- ing fans any more than he did before, during or after his lackluster bout with Marmy Pacquia0 in May - dubbed the "Fight of the Century" - think again. Mayweather is preparing for what is supposed to be his final professional box- ing match, Sept. 12. After he announced that WBA interim welterweight cham- pion Andre Berto is going to be his op- ponent, many boxing fans and writers threw their arms up and asked "This guy? Really?" Since making his debut in 2004, Berto has racked up a 30-3 record and acquired a few world championships. At one time, he was viewed as the next star at 147 pounds. Unfortunately, he's gone 3-3 in in his last six bouts, losing to Robert Guerrero and Victor Ortiz - both of whom have lost to Mayweather and Jesus Soto Karass, who finished Berto in the 12th round of their fight. After his fight with Karass, Berto rebounded with a decision over Steve Upsher Chambers, followed by a sixth- round finish over Josesito Lopez to win the interim WBA title. Berto went through a short slump like most great fighters do at various points in their ca- reers. However, fans would have rather seen Mayweather face British star Amir Khan, International Boxing Federation champion Kell BFooks, or Shawn Porter. My pick would have been Timothy Brad- ley, who was promoted to World Boxing Organization welterweight champion after the WBO stripped Mayweather of the belt, as well as being one of six men to defeat Pacquiao. According to Mayweather, his reason for choosing Berto was "he's exciting," but many speculate what he's really saying is "he's an easy payday for me." It's a shame because Berto is preparing for what is the biggest fight of his professional boxing career and See Crunch Time page 2 ix Photo by Paul Delaney Second-year EWU head soccer coach Chad Bodnar talks to his team at halftime in their game last Friday at home against Gonzaga. Second year head coach Chad mores. Just 12 of the 31 players have experience Bodnar needs to find right at the NCAA Division I level. measure of new, veteran faces There's a lot of "jell- ing to do" Bodnar said. By PAUL DELANEY gram around with an all "We went and hit it Staff Reporter time record for Big Sky hard (in recruiting)," In his rookie seasonConference wins with Bodnar said. "Now as head soccer., coach five and qualified the we've got a really new at Eastern Washington Eagles for the playoffs, team, a really young University in 2014, Chad Now comes a signifi- team (and) a lot of trans- Bodnar had plenty on cant challenge in year fers," trying to find play- his plate as he transi- two as Bodnar's firsting time on a team that tinned from the corn- recruiting class gets its finished 8-9 overall in munity college level in first test test. 2014. Walla Walla to NCAA Eastern lost 10 play- Still, the Big Sky's Division I. ers from 2014 and looks coaches seem to have Bodnar, however, to integrate19 new faces recognized EWU's im- saved some room for into the program. Their provement under Bed- dessert as he also helped 2015 roster consists of 13 nar's leadership, pick- turn a struggling pro- freshmen and 11 sopho- ing the Eagles to finish seventh in the preseason coaches' poll, the high- est predicted finish in five seasons. Among the notable losses from the 2014 team are leading scorer Cassie Black and goal- keeper Nathalie Schw- ery, who started 42 ca- reef games. But Eastern wel- comes back some young talent in sopho- more forwards Chloe Williams and Savannah Hoekstra. Williams, who earned First-Team All-Big Sky honors last season, and Hoekstra, See EWU soccer page 2 Photo by Paul Delaney Former EWU receiver and now coach Nick Edwards tries to play some defense on Cooper Kupp in last Saturday's practice. les In FROM NEWS "They are sponges -will be one final scrim- SERVICE REPORTS that's a good term to use mage Saturday, Aug. Fall camp for the with this team," EWU 29. Eastern Washington Uni- head coach Beau Bald- A year ago this week versityfootball team got win said. "They want Eastern was preparing down to business last to be coached and they for its first game versus Saturday. want to get after it and be Sam Houston State Uni- After two days of better thenext day." versity. workouts to open prac- After practices today"This was a unique tices in advance of their (Aug. 20) and two-ardays summer," Baldwin said. Sept. 5 season opener at Friday at 9 a.m. and 3 "It just felt like, 'it's the Pac-12's University p.m. Baldwin will have got to get here at some of Oregon, the Eagles his first game-like look at point.' Today would added pads and ramped his team Saturday (Aug. have been about prac- up the effort last Satur- 22) at Roos Field for a tice 15 or 16 last year. It day at the Sports and scrimmage at 9:45 a.m. was good to finally get Recreation Center prac- Following next week'sback at it and get back tice fields, practice schedule there in rhythm." Baldwin was most impressed by how hard the team worked as a group m the summer, when conditioning is essentially the only or- ganized activity allowed until practices begin. The Eagles ranked sixth in both the STATS preseason media poll and the coaches poll, which were announced recently. National maga- zines have the Eagles pegged fifth (Sporting News), sixth (Athlon) and eighth (Lindy's).