The Cheney High baseball team was successful in its first week of Great Northern League play March 28 after they went 2-0 in their doubleheader against Clarkston, winning 11-3, 7-1.
The Blackhawks were hitting the ball hard in both games. Chance Gleave recorded three RBIs for the day while Cade VanWormer and Connor Pratt had two. Cameron Marchand, Kyle Jones and Harrison King each had one.
Clarkston’s pitching and fielding also contributed to Cheney’s run. In game one, the Blackhawks scored five runs on Bantam errors and walks.
Connor Pratt got the win on the mound for the first game, throwing 12 strikeouts. Cheney’s infield had a bit of a meltdown in the bottom of the sixth, which allowed the Bantams to score three runs.
“Pratt was almost untouchable in that game,” head coach Mike Cagle said.
Jones pitched five innings to get the win in game two with Gleave closing the game. Clarkston’s attempt at a comeback was limited to one run in the bottom of the seventh. Cagle said Gleave found himself in a tough spot with bases loaded.
“He’s able to pitch himself out of situations and he battled through it,” Cagle said. “Jones did a great job in that game too. Our pitching has really carried the day for us in these first six games.”
Cagle also praised the infield’s defense, as well as the entire team’s focus in both games. He attributed the team’s focus on conditioning as something that has helped his players.
“They did a good job maintaining their focus in the second game,” Cagle said. “These guys are focused when it’s time to play baseball.”
Cheney is now 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the GNL. After their March 31 game against West Valley (3-1, 2-0), the Blackhawks will travel to East Valley, April 4, to play the Knights (1-6, 1-4). East Valley is in a three-game losing streak. The Blackhawks were scheduled to play Pullman, March 24, however the game was canceled due to weather conditions and will be scheduled for a later date. Cagle said Cheney might play the Greyhounds (2-1, 2-1) today (April 2) in Pullman.
“It would be nice to play Pullman,” Cagle said. “If that happens, we’ll have played every team in our league and we’ll have seen what we are up against.”