The Cheney Summerhawks 17U baseball team came off another busy weekend after they went 2-2 in the East Valley Red Hawk Classic Tournament, July 9-12, in Yakima. They lost to Sedro Woolley, 11-6, and Arlington, 8-0, then defeated Sunnyside, 9-6, and Yakima Rattlers, 11-7, in the consolation bracket.
Cheney started the tournament against Sedro Woolley in what head coach Austin Sharp described as a “back-and-forth” game. After Cheney led 6-5 in the sixth inning, Sedro Woolley scored six runs to take the lead.
At the plate, Phillip Murray was 2 for 4 with an RBI and a triple. Matt Riggs was 2 for 3 with an RBI.
“Our boys played pretty well,” Sharp said. “They beat us in that sixth inning. The boys didn’t really have anything to be ashamed of.”
Cheney struggled to get any offense going against Arlington, whose pitcher held Cheney to two hits with his off-speed pitches.
“We were preparing for fast balls all week in the batting cage and Arlington’s pitcher threw off-speed at us,” Sharp said.
The Summerhawks gained some revenge against Sunnyside, who defeated them 11-8 in the first game of the Wood Bat Classic tournament. After Sunnyside led 4-0 in the top of the first inning the Summerhawks got their bats going and scored six runs and kept the lead for the rest of the game.
Trey Martin was 2 for 4 with two RBIs and Andrew Witt was 1 for 3 with three RBIs and a double.
“Witt never looked uncomfortable and he got us through that game,” Sharp said. “He’s been our No. 3 guy on the mound for the last two weeks. He’s really stepped it up.”
Cheney carried their offensive momentum into the game against the Rattlers. After being tied 7-7, the Summerhawks scored two runs in both the sixth and seventh innings.
Martin once again shined at the plate, going 4 for 5 with five RBIs, two doubles and a triple. Both Murray and Jeff Fix were 2 for 4 with two RBIs.
On the mound, Murray (3-3) started in the Sedro Woolley game and picked up the win against the Rattlers. Riggs (2-4) started the the Arlington game and Dylan Arthur relieved him. Witt (2-0) picked up the win against Sunnyside, giving up three earned runs and striking out six batters.
Sharp was proud of his team’s performance in the tournament.
“The boys finished strong,” Sharp said. “We brought up one of the 15U kids and a player from Medical Lake. They played hard this weekend and I couldn’t be more proud.”
Cheney (9-11) is approaching their final leg of the season. After games against Cashmere July 14) and Northwest Premier’s 17U team (July 15), they host Omak today (July 16) in what is scheduled to be their final home game. Sharp said the team is in the process of scheduling more games with other teams. He also noted the progress his team has made since the start of the season, specifically the improvements in hitting and defense.
“I’ve asked a lot of them this summer and they’ve all done well,” Sharp said. “A lot of these guys are getting good experience and that will help the Cheney and Medical Lake varsity baseball teams next year.”