Cheney drops doubleheader to Colville
The Cheney Blackhawks baseball team had a short break before traveling to Colville to play the No. 1 ranked Indians in a Great Northern League (GNL) doubleheader, Saturday April 12.
The Blackhawks dropped both games to Colville, the first 3-1 and the second, 6-3.
The Indians took the lead after two runs in the second inning in game one. An RBI single by Sawyer Sims helped Cheney score their first run in the third.
Head coach Mike Cagle said Sims had hurt his shoulder earlier in the game as he slid head first into second base. Ty Graham and Kyle Barsness had a couple of base hits. Colville would score their last run in the sixth after a sacrifice fly.
“We had a couple of guys hit well but we just couldn’t execute,” Cagle said.
Kyle Jones, who replaced Sims on the mound, had three strikeouts.
“He threw like we expected him to,” Cagle said. “He just needs to get more innings under his belt.”
In the second game, Cheney scored a run in the fourth, only to have Colville take the lead after a four-run fourth.
The Blackhawks scored runs in the fifth and seventh while the Indians increased their lead by scoring runs in the fifth and sixth.
In the second game Chance Gleave took the mound and gave up only two hits in the first three innings. After the fourth, Colville had five-straight hits.
After he was moved from the mound to second base, Gleave caught a ground ball and threw it to Tanner “Bubba” Smith, who turned a double play. Graham, who replaced Gleave on the mound, got the third out.
Similar to the first game, Cagle said the team played well on defense, but couldn’t execute at bat.
Sitting at the No. 5 spot in the GNL, the Blackhawks, (3-5 GNL, 3-5 overall), will spend the rest of the season in league play. They face Pullman, (2-5, 2-6), April 15 at home, then rematch West Valley, (5-2, 5-3) in a doubleheader, four days later in Cheney.
“The hardest thing to do is to (make a) come back when things aren’t going well,” Cagle said. “The best thing to do is to play and try and make a run at the playoffs.”
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