The Cheney Summerhawks 15U baseball team continued to grind through their season after losses to the Joes, 11-6, July 7, and the Hurricanes, 2-1, on Monday.
Against the Joes, Cheney got a burst of offense early, leading for most of the game. Down 4-1 in the fifth inning, the Joes came back to take the lead and kept it for the rest of the game.
Despite the loss, head coach Nick Fell complimented his team’s pitching and offense.
“We swung the bats really well, but we just couldn’t capitalize,” Fell said.
Against the Hurricanes, the Summerhawks scored their only run in the sixth inning after Dylan Arthur hit a single to bring in Garret Hagel for the tying run. The Hurricanes scored the winning run after a wild pitch from closer Maikie Goodloe (1-2).
“I was proud of how we were able to play small ball and manufacture that run in the sixth, but we couldn’t get another run in the seventh,” Fell said. “We had some great plays and everyone did everything we asked for.”
Cheney is 1-6 and still sits firmly in fourth place in the Spokane Indians Youth Baseball League 15U standings. After games against Northwest Premier’s 15U team (July 14) and the Hurricanes (July 15), Cheney plays the Red Storm today (July 16) and the Joes, July 20.
Fell said his team will continue to focus on hitting, specifically swinging on two-strike pitches. He’s also going to be cautious with his pitching staff during the busy week.
“We’re going to try and stay within the rules of the league,” Fell said, referring to SIYB’s rules of pitchers throwing no more than seven innings per game and 10 total innings a week.
“We’re also making sure that our pitchers are healthy,” he added. “This week is going to test us as coaches. Hopefully our kids can come out and execute.”