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By JOHN McCALLUM
Managing Editor 

Chabot earns save in All-State championship final

 

John McCallum

After pitching in the All State game for the champions Team Adams, Cheney graduate Julian Chabot plans to attend Everett Community College and continue his baseball career.

Cheney High School graduating senior Julian Chabot was busy last weekend.

Class of 2019 commencement ceremonies Friday night.

Graduation party Saturday.

All-State all-star game Sunday.

The Blackhawk standout played four innings at second and pitched in relief in the eighth to help Team Adams to a 5-1 victory over Team Rainier in the championship of the annual all-star doubleheader in Yakima. On Saturday, Team Adams scored in the bottom of the eighth to post a 10-9 win over Team Baker and advance to Sunday's title hookup.

Chabot came on in the fourth inning on Sunday with both teams knotted up 1-1 in a pitcher's duel. In his only two at bats he was hit by a pitch and struck out.

After the seventh, Chabot said he was sent to the bullpen to warm up. Selah graduate Dylan Bishop's two-run double had helped lift Team Adams to a 5-1 lead in the top of the sixth, and Anacortes' Tyler Saunders had retired the side in the seventh to hold off Team Rainier.

"My pitches were feeling good, I was pretty warm," Chabot said.

The senior came on in the eighth to preserve Team Adams' championship, striking out two Team Rainier batters in the save.

The game was a nice cap to what Chabot termed his "best season so far." On the mound he posted a 7-3 overall record with a 3.368 earned run average, striking out 64 and walking just seven hitters. At the plate he had a .325 batting average over 16 games, going 13 for 40 with 10 RBIs and six runs.

Chabot said the Blackhawks season ended to early, thanks to a 1-0 loss to West Valley in the opening round of the playoffs - a loss that didn't sit well with him not just because he was on the wrong end of the score as Cheney's starting pitcher.

"I have some friends on West Valley, guys I've played with and losing to them wasn't very fun," he said. "But, that's baseball for you."

After working at Wal-Mart in Airway Heights this summer, Chabot is headed over the Cascades to play baseball at Everett Community College. The Trojans were 39-11 last season in the Northwest Athletic Conference, losing to Lower Columbia Basin College in the league championship series.

Chabot said he likes the climate and surroundings of Everett, having family in the area. He plans to work on his pitching mechanics, consistency and strength in order to hopefully move up and play baseball at a Division I school.

John McCallum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress.com.

 

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