Cheney’s Kyle Jones delivers a pitch this past Tuesday versus Pullman.
If there was ever a time for the Cheney High baseball team to get their bats going, their April 7 Great Northern League game against Clarkston was it.
After being down 14-0 in the bottom of the fifth, the Blackhawks launched an impressive comeback, scoring 19 runs on 15 hits in the last three innings to defeat the Bantams, 19-15.
According to head coach Mike Cagle, it wasn’t a rousing last-minute speech or a single moment that inspired the team’s comeback.
“It was just baseball,” Cagle said. “No one was sulking or hanging their heads down, the team was pretty involved through the game, even when they were down 14-0. They just kept playing.”
Kyle Jones went 2 for 4 at the plate with two home runs – including a grand slam in the seventh inning – and six RBIs.
“That kid has power and he’s starting to realize his potential,” Cagle said.
Jones’ brother Riley went 3 for 4 with four RBIs. Harrison King went 3 for 5 with a double, a home run and three RBIs. Cade VanWormer was 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs and Cameron Wiseman was 3 for 5 with an RBI.
Cagle said the team was hoping to score enough runs to prevent the mercy rule from ending the game.
“I didn’t know what to say after the game, I was a little speechless,” Cagle said.
In addition to his success at the plate, Kyle Jones (4-1) picked up the win on the mound after he came on in the fifth inning, allowing only one run in the top of the sixth. King started for the Blackhawks, giving up six unearned runs in the first inning. Wiseman and Chance Gleave also had short stints on the mound before Jones came in.
The Blackhawks are 4-2 in the GNL and 8-2 overall and are second in the league standings behind West Valley (4-1, 4-1). After their April 14 GNL game against Pullman (3-4, 3-5), Cheney hosts East Valley (3-7, 3-9), April 18, in a league doubleheader. The Knights previously defeated the Blackhawks 2-1, April 4.
Cagle expects East Valley to start pitcher Alex Bowdish, who struck out 11 Cheney batters in the previous game.
With the season at its midpoint, Cagle said his team has formed a solid lineup and he’s figured out where his players fit.
“Everyone in the league is kind of beating everyone,” Cagle said. “I think our team can beat anyone we play.”