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Cannons are clicking now

Team is playing well when it counts coach says


Lisa Wagner

West Plains members of the AAA Spokane Cannons American Legion Baseball team include (L-R): Riley Jones, Dylan Arthur, Andrew Witt, Brayden Hale, Cory Wagner, Luke Martin and Julian Chabot. Not pictured, Jacob Lauber. The Cannons started slow, but finished strong in last week's Wood Bat Classic and are playing well heading into a tournament this weekend in Whitefish, Mont. where they were runner's up in 2016.

Coaches will tell you it's not the start but the finish that counts.

And Spokane Cannons' head coach Chad Ripke is abiding by that mantra as his team enters the crucial stretch drive of the 2017 AAA American Legion baseball season.

Case in point: In a bid to possibly improve on their third place finish in the 2016 Wood Bat Classic, the Cannons lost their first two games in the 2017 Post Falls Pod, but finished with three consecutive wins, including a 'W' against Edmonton, the team that knocked them out of the title game a year ago.

In the Wood Bat, host Post Falls topped the Cannons 5-4 in...

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