Summerhawks split doubleheader with Priest River


The Cheney Summerhawks 17U baseball team traveled to Riverside High School where they went 1-1 in a doubleheader against a Priest River club team, June 7. After the Summerhawks lost the first game 14-10, they came back to win the nightcap, 12-7.

“This Priest River team was a combination of kids from three different schools, Riverside, Newport and Priest River,” head coach Austin Sharp said. “They were a little more competitive than we thought.”

In game one, Cheney got their bats going early in the first inning with Dylan Arthur driving in the first run. After Priest River took the lead in the second inning, Sharp said both teams were pretty even, though fielding errors kept the Summerhawks from the game one win.

The Summerhawks had 13 hits with Arthur going 3 for 5 with three RBIs and Jack Peabody going 3 for 5 with an RBI and a double. Logan Pratt (0-2), Arthur and Dylan Vercoe shared pitching duties.

Although his team lost the first game, Sharp said he was impressed with their improved offense.

“We hadn’t really had much hitting in the first few games, but our bats kept us in this one,” Sharp said. “We just didn’t come through on defense.”

Cheney turned up their aggression in game two. Sharp said several players were productive at the plate, including Phillip Murray who was 3 for 4 with an RBI in the game. Cheney secured the win after scoring five runs in the sixth inning. Mike Osborne, who missed the first two games, went 3 for 4, including a two-RBI single that contributed to Cheney’s five-run sixth. The Summerhawks had 14 hits. Arthur was 2 for 5 with two RBIs.

In the nightcap, Matt Riggs (1-1) got his first win on the mound, giving up four earned runs on six hits and throwing five strikeouts over five innings. Murray came in for the save in the top of the sixth.

“Priest River wasn’t a power-hitting team but they fought hard,” Sharp said. “They were hitting pitches but Riggs kept us in the game.”

The Summerhawks are currently 2-3. They play the Apple Valley Blues, out of Wenatchee, in a doubleheader June 13 at Medical Lake High School.

“I hope we can keep that momentum going as we get ready to face some tough competition in the next few weeks,” Sharp said.


About Al Stover

I graduated from Eastern Washington University with a bachelor's degree in journalism. I currently work as a Staff Reporter for the Cheney Free Press. I have interviewed characters like cage fighters, drag queens and dungeon masters. I like Batman, coffee, MMA and beer.
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