June 19, 2014 | Vol. 118 -- No. 9

SummerHawks get wins over Colville, Whitman Co.

The Cheney AA American Legion Baseball team continued to roll through the season this past week winning both games in their Federal League doubleheader against Colville, 7-6 and 16-0, then snagged a victory on the road, June 16, against Whitman County, 13-2.

Al Stover
Cheney\'s Chance Gleave throws a fastball during game one the SummerHawks\' doubleheader against Colville, June 15.

Logan Pratt and Cameron Marchand each had RBI singles while Connor Pratt hit an RBI double in game one against Colville. The SummerHawks battled back to clinch the win in the seventh inning after Kyle Jones, who had only gotten on base after being hit by a pitch, hit an RBI single to bring in Chance Gleave for the winning run. Gleave, who spent all game on the mound, got his first pitching win of the season.

"Our competitive drive was much better in this game," SummerHawks' manager Kadeem Smalls said. "They dug deep to overcome adversity and got the win."

Unlike the first game, the SummerHawks' offense got off to a great start and kept their momentum throughout the game.

After a 1-0 lead in the first, Trey Martin, Andrew "Goobs" Witt and Anthony Hartman scored runs on walks. Marchand blasted a ball into left field for a 2 RBI double, his first of two in the game.

Cheney continued their momentum with a seven-run third and a four-run fourth. Shane Hammel, Witt, Jones and Connor Pratt all had RBI singles. Pratt also hit a 2 RBI single in the fourth, followed by Riley Jones hitting a 2 RBI double.

Marchand who had pitching duties on the mound, threw a one-hitter.

Cheney showed the same offense in the game against Whitman County, scoring two runs in the first and third innings, followed by a five-run fourth and a four-run sixth.

Some of the highlights for Cheney's bats included Witt hitting a double and a triple with three RBIs. Brannon Pederson a 2 RBI double, while Gleave hit a 2 RBI single while Logan Pratt went 2 for 3 with two RBIs.

Kyle Jones got his first win on the mound, pitching a one-hitter with five strikeouts.

"Their drive and competitiveness was at its peak and I hope we can continue it," Smalls said. "If we can maintain this momentum when the Fourth of July tournament comes, we'll have a good chance of winning."

After their June 17 game against Rogers, the SummerHawks will return to action, Monday, June 23, to face Whitman County at home. The team will head to Spokane, Tuesday, June 24, to play North Central.

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

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