By Paul Delaney
Cheney Free Press 

Cannons are cruising once again


Last updated 6/22/2023 at 9:26am

SPOKANE – The Spokane Cannons lost a pair of non-league games they know they should have likely won June 12 at home to Missoula, Mont., but have since followed with six consecutive victories, including four in their West Plains Father’s Day Tournament at Holliday Field.

On each end of that streak were Area 3 AAA Division wins that improved the Cannons’ record to 9-0 in league play. The Cannons, with a roster heavily populated by Medical Lake and Cheney players, are 15-4 overall.

“Since the Mavs’ losses they have played the best baseball I’ve been around,” Cannons’ yea coach Austin Sharp wrote in an email. “All the little things are being executed to perfection.”

The streak started with an 11-7 win over Gonzaga Prep in which Spokane scored seven runs in the bottom of the fifth to rally from a 7-3 deficit. Eli Chabot from Cheney went 3-for-3 with a double and five RBI. Carson Jeffries, also from Cheney, had the other multiple-hit game going 2-for-3.

In tournament play the Cannons opened with a pair of wins over Tri City Prep 6-0 and the Spokane Expos 8-3 on June 16.

Isaac Nessbitt pitched a complete game 2-hitter striking out 10. Jeffries and Taylor Oliver each had two hits with Oliver a pair of RBI vs. Tri-City.

Spokane avenged an earlier defeat to the Expos with a strong start, leading 5-0. Jeffries went 4-for-5, Tate Nelson drove in three and Caden Day pitched a complete game with five strikeouts.

Six runs in the bottom of the fourth broke a 4-4 tie in the Cannons’ 10-4 win, June 17, against Pullman in a game where Jamel Chabot and Clayton Wood each had two hits. Oliver and Wood each drove in a pair of runs.

Luke Dickey pitched a five-inning complete game shutout allowing just three hits to Prep in the title game June 18. Jeffries, Eli Chabot and Andrew Roberts each had a pair of hits. Jeffries and Wood each drove in two runs.

The Cannons got a second shot at Pullman, this one in league play and resulted in an 8-2 win on June 19. Wood and Eli Chabot both had two-hit games and Nelson tossed a complete seven-inning game.

Spokane hits the road for the Missoula Tournament June 22-25 and are back at home June 27 against Pullman.

Cannons this week

June 22 vs. Great Falls, 4:30 p.m.*

June 23 vs. Spok. Expos, 11 a.m.*

June 23 vs. G-Prep, 1:45 p.m.*

June 24 vs. Missoula, 7 p.m.*

June 25 vs. Yakima Pepsi Pak, 12:45 p.m.*

June 27 vs. Pullman (2), 4 p.m.

*Missoula Tournament


Summer Hawks on new win streak

Following the end of a healthy six-game win streak at the hands of the Mead Panthers AA team, the Cheney Summer Hawks got right back on the horse and have reeled off three more victories last week.

Cheney reeled off a sweep of Colville, 6-3 and 6-5 June 17 and the Summer Hawks topped Shadle Park 9-2 June 19 following Mead’s 5-0 win on June 15 and improved to 10-2 and lead Mead by one game in Area 3 standings.

A two-run third tied it and three runs in the bottom the fifth provided the deciding margin in the opening game of the doubleheader.

But the Summer Hawks did it with just four hits. In that pivotal fifth, Tank Best’s walk with the bases loaded pushed Cheney ahead 4-3 and then a dropped third strike added to the total. Tate Heuschkel threw a complete game, striking out eight.

In the second game Dawes Hanson singled home the winning run in the bottom of the 10th while Best and Jacob Ulrich each had two hits. Tyler Ashcroft earned the win going six innings in relief of Jake Swanson.

A five-run seventh provided the insurance in Cheney’s win at Shadle. Heuschkel went 2-for-2 and was the only Summer Hawk with multiple hits. Miles Hoover had three RBI and Dawes Hanson two with his hit a double.

Cheney was limited to just three hits in the Mead loss.

Cheney AA this week

June 23 at Mt. Spokane, (2), 1 p.m.


Dirt Dawgs win G-Prep tourney

A win at the Gonzaga Prep Tournament has propelled the Medical Lake Dirt Dawgs single-A American Legion team on a four-game winning streak and given them six victories in their last eight contests.

“Winning six of the last eight feels good,” head coach Lance Michaud wrote in a text message. “If we can keep this hitting up I feel we can ride a nice little winning streak.”

The Dirt Dawgs averaged over 11 runs per game in the Prep tourney, falling in the opener to Mead, 8-7 but defeated the hosts from Prep 18-8, both June 16. ML won a pair of games June 17, 11-5 over Hayden and 12-4 against Mt. Spokane 12-4 before topping Mt. Spokane again, 9-1, to claim the championship June 18.

Medical Lake got off to a hot start with three runs in the first, a pair in the second and four more in the third in the championship game against Mt. Spokane. Levi Brower had a pair of hits and three RBI while Michaud pitched a 3-hitter striking out nine in five innings of work.

Other notable efforts in the tournament came from Kyle Kipp (3-for-4 vs. Prep); Michaud (2-for-4, 4 RBI) and Kipp (2-for-4) against Hayden and Thompson (2-for-2), Boyd (2-for-3) and Brower (1-for-3, 4 RBI) against Mt. Spokane.

Earlier, Medical Lake topped Lewis and Clark, 12-5 (June 6) and 17-6 (June 13) before dropping a game to Mt. Spokane, 2-0 on June 14.

Ian Thompson went 3-for-4, Cooper Danekas 2-for-3 and AJ Michaud 2-for-5 in the LC win on June 13. Michaud, Danekas and Emilio Resendiz each had three RBIs. Danekas and Michaud each had a pair of hits and Zach Boyd drove in three runs against LC, June 6.

ML Dirt Dawgs this week

June 22 vs. Ferris (2), 5 p.m.

June 26 vs. Chewelah (2), 5 p.m.


Cheney A’s

Cheney A this week

July 7 Cheney at Mead (2), 11 a.m.


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