I’m normally uncomfortable hanging around parents but last night’s Cheney Baseball Association meeting left me with a good feeling.
As I introduced myself, I listened as the group discussed the plans for summer baseball. Cheney’s Summerhawks team is not participating in American Legion this summer – though it plans to host one of the pods for the Wood Bat Classic tournament – and will instead have an independent schedule and consist of players 16-17 years old.
The CBA also proposed a 15 and under team, which I’m sure will be welcome after last year’s A team folded just as the season was getting started. The group hopes to enroll the team in the Spokane Indians Youth Baseball League. This team may include young players from Medical Lake.
The purpose of both teams is to help prepare players for the Cheney High baseball team, which is doing really well this year. Kids like Kyle Jones, Cameron Marchand, Chance Gleave and Connor Pratt played American Legion last year and are doing well in their high school career.
The CBA also discussed some fundraising ideas, one being a poker tournament at Northern Quest Casino. Funds raised will help pay for both teams. The Indians Youth League will provide umpires, a schedule and other things while the 17U team is going to have to basically start from scratch.
Cheney’s summer season is taking shape and hopefully everything works out. Covering both teams will eat up my summer nights but it will be worth it, especially if it helps helps both teams.