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By AL STOVER
Staff Reporter 

SummerHawks avenge Lakeside defeat

Cheney racks up runs in 10-7 victory, but falls to Pullman 9-4

 

Al Stover

Cheney's Cameron Marchand rounds the bases after hitting his second home run of the season.

The Cheney SummerHawks AA American Legion baseball team avenged a loss, June 6, by picking up a 10-7 win over Lakeside.

After Lakeside scored in the first inning, the SummerHawks started their rally in the second. Chance Gleave hit a double to bring in the first Cheney run. Connor Pratt followed it up with a 2-RBI single, then Kyle Jones hit an RBI single giving the SummerHawks a 5-1 lead. In the third Cheney scored three more runs on walks.

Cameron Marchand, who failed in his first two attempts at bat, hit his second home run of the season. He blasted the ball over the left field fence in the fifth inning.

Cheney picked up one more run in the sixth after Riley Jones hit a single to bring in Pratt.

However, Lakeside didn't give up just yet. After scoring in the third and sixth, they picked up four runs in the top of the seventh. With only one out left, Gleave relieved Pratt on the mound to close the game.

"I think the guys didn't feel good about their previous performance," SummerHawks' manager Kadeem Smalls said. "They did little things to get this win and that victory eased their doubt a little bit."

Following the victory over Lakeside, the SummerHawks suffered a 9-4 loss against Pullman.

After being down 9-0 in the fourth, Cheney scored two in the bottom of the inning. They brought in two more runs in the seventh, but Pullman shut them down before they could get their bats going.

"We struggled to find our momentum and it cost us," Smalls said. "That seventh inning came quick and we ran out of time before we turn it around. It's a tough feat to come from behind and it got the best of us."

The SummerHawks will play a doubleheader against Colville at home, June 15. The next day they travel to Pullman to play Whitman County then end the week, June 17, against Rogers at home.

"Coming off a loss it will be nice for them to play at home," Smalls said, "The loss helps them prepare for Sunday in a different way. If the team can come out strong, they can get it done."

Al Stover can be reached at al@cheneyfreepress.com.

 

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