Alman on summer baseball

Summerhawks group

Last week both the Cheney Summerhawks 15U and 17U baseball teams wrapped up their seasons.

It was an experiment both for teams. The 17U squad had moved away from American Legion baseball. They decided to play an independent schedule, taking on ball clubs from Washington, Idaho and Canada. The Cheney Baseball Association put together another 15U team after the A group folded the year before due to lack of numbers.The 15U team competed in the Spokane Indians Youth Baseball league.

The 17U team had their struggles and victories over the season. The majority of their early wins came in the second game of doubleheaders. They also went 2-3 in the Wood Bat Classic and 2-2 in the Red Hawks Summer Classic. They finished its season 11-13, splitting their final doubleheader against Northwest Premier’s 16U team.

Where 17U had a back-to-back season, the 15U squad came back from a rough start, going 2-10 in their first 12 games. They gained confidence and momentum toward the end, winning their five last regular season games, then competed in the SIYB All-City tournament where they went 1-2. I’ll have more detailed recaps for both teams later this week.

I was fortunate enough to watch a couple of the tournament games and even had my friend Jas – a.k.a. My Impossible Girl – come along. It was fun. Sure I was supposed to be on vacation and it was work but I was doing something I loved with someone who doing two things she was passionate about: baseball and photography.

The 17U team had kids with previous varsity experience (Logan Pratt, Trey Martin and Cade VanWormer) as well as newer talent (Jack Peabody, Matt Riggs and Phillip Murray). Their impressive offense will no doubt play a role at the high school level, though pitching wise, there were a few kids who stood out. The 15U team had kids like Dylan Arthur, Garrett Hagel and Jonathon Owings who produced on offense and defense.

The summer went by fast and all of the players progressed to some degree. It will be interesting to see how they take their experience and apply it to spring baseball.

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