The Cheney Summerhawks 17U baseball team went 1-2 in the first week of their season. After a 9-6 loss to the Northwest Premier Baseball Club in their first home game, May 27, Cheney split a doubleheader against the Mission Valley Mariners, from Polson, Mont., May 31. They lost game one, 7-1, then came back to win the nightcap, 6-2.
In the game against Premier, Cheney took an early lead after scoring two runs in the first inning and three in the second. Premier came back with four runs in the third inning and took the lead after adding four in the fifth.
“Premier went through two pitchers in that first inning,” head coach Austin Sharp said. “After we got the lead, they took us a little more serious.”
Andrew Witt scored the final run for Cheney in the sixth inning.
Witt was 1 for 4 with a double and Dylan Arthur was 2 for 4 with an RBI. Logan Pratt (0-1) and Matt Riggs shared pitching duties.
In game one of the doubleheader, the Mariners took an early lead after scoring one run in the first inning. They secured the lead with one run in the fourth inning, four runs in the fifth and one more in the sixth. Cade VanWormer scored Cheney’s lone run in the seventh inning.
The Summerhawks struggled to get their offense going as Mission Valley limited them to only four hits. At the plate, VanWormer was 3 for 4 with a double.
“Their pitcher was throwing off-speed picthes and we just couldn’t get anything going,” Sharp said.
Game two of the doubleheader began like the first with the Mariners taking a one-run lead. In the bottom of the first inning, VanWormer’s RBI triple into left field put Cheney on the scoreboard. Phillip Murray’s base hit drove VanWormer home to give the Summerhawks the lead.
The Mariners scored one run in the fifth inning. Cheney went on a three-run rally in the bottom of the inning, which included VanWormer’s two-RBI double and Arthur’s RBI single, to secure the win.
Arthur was 3 for 3 with two RBIs while Trey Martin was 2 for 3 with two doubles.
Riggs (0-1), Pratt and Dylan Arthur shared pitching duties in game one. Murray (1-0) got the win in the nightcap, throwing a five-hitter.
“We were a lot more aggressive in this game,” Sharp said. “It felt good to get that first win.”
Sharp, who is in his first year as head coach, said his team is mostly made of Cheney players with a couple kids from Medical Lake. Although the Summerhawks went 1-2, he was excited to see what his team can do in their first week of competition. While Sharp has figured out his lineup, he’s still figuring out the pieces of his bullpen.
“We don’t have that big stud on the mound but we have many guys who can come in and fill in the spot,” Sharp said.
Cheney broke away from American Legion and will play an independent schedule against teams from Washington state and Idaho. They will split their home games between Cheney High School and Medical Lake High School. Although they are no longer with American Legion, Cheney will host a pod for the Wood Bat Classic tournament, July 4-5.
The Summerhawks travel to Idaho to play a doubleheader against Priest River, June 7.