Monthly Archives: July 2015

Cheney 17U splits doubleheader with NW Premier

The Cheney Summerhawks 17U baseball team wrapped up their independent season July 21 after splitting a doubleheader with Northwest Premier’s 16U baseball team, winning game one, 11-8 and losing game two 12-9. With the split doubleheader, the Summerhawks finished the season with an 11-13 record and hopefully many players gaining the experience they need for spring baseball.

In game one, Cheney and Premier were close throughout the game. After leading 2-1 in the first inning, the Summerhawks went on an offensive rally with Premier not far behind. At the plate, Cade VanWormer was 2 for 3 with three RBIs and a triple. Trey Martin was 2 for 4 with an RBI and a double. Phillip Murray was 2 for 3 with two RBIs. Andre Witt was 1 for 3 with an RBI double.

“Everyone was on base at some point,” head coach Austin Sharp said. “We also played pretty tight defense.”

Murray (4-3) got the win on the mound, striking out six batters and giving up five earned runs.

The Summerhawks carried some of their offensive momentum into game two, however the pitching gave up 13 hits and walked eight batters helped Premier take the lead in the fourth inning.

“Those fourth and seventh innings cost us some runs, but I was pretty proud of our offensive performance,” Sharp said.

At the plate, Logan Pratt was 2 for 3 with an RBI. Murray and Dylan Vercoe were both 1 for 2 with an RBI.

Pratt started on the mound with Witt relieving him in the top of the third and Riggs (2-5) closing.

In the beginning of the season, Cheney split doubleheaders with Mission Valley, out of Montana, Apple Valley and Priest River. They dropped games against the 17U Crew and Premier’s 16U team before sweeping Priest River in a June 25 doubleheader.

The Summerhawks also found some success in tournaments, going 2-3 in the Wood Bat Classic, July 2-5, and 2-2 in the Red Hawk Classic Tournament in Yakima, July 9-12. Prior to the July 21 doubleheader, Cheney defeated Cashmere, 12-11 in a game that went extra innings, July 14, then lost to Northwest Premier’s 17U team, 20-7, the next day.

Sharp noted the team’s improvement at the plate throughout the season. Martin, who played all 23 games had a .420 batting average, followed by Witt (.382). VanWormer, who split his time with the Summerhawks and the 17U crew, had a .500 batting average in the 15 games he played with Cheney.

“The boys learned a set approach and got better at the plate,” Sharp said. “Everyone improved a lot not only in hitting, but also in base running.”

In pitching, the team had a 6.0 earned run average. Leading the Summerhawks was Murray, who had a 3.36 ERA and struck out 26 batters.

“A lot of our guys got some experience on the mound,” Sharp said. “I put some of the pitchers in stressful spots and next year you’ll see the experience they got out of those situations.”

Overall, Sharp said the season was a successful one that helped prepare players for spring baseball.

“I’ve been talking with (head coaches) Mike Cagle and Kerry Kelly and all of these kids have a chance at playing varsity next year,” Sharp said.

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Summerhawks 15U wrap up season in City Tournament

The Cheney Summerhawks 15U baseball team finished their season with a close 4-3 win over Northwest Premier, July 22, then went 1-2 in the 15U City Tournament. In the tournament, Cheney dropped the first game to the Hurricanes, 5-4, in extra innings, July 24. The next day they defeated the Red Storm 12-2, then lost to the Joes, 6-2.

Against the Hurricanes, Cheney took the lead early after Jonathon Owings hit an RBI double deep into left field. As the Summerhawks led 4-1 in the seventh inning, the Hurricanes scored three runs to tie the game and force it into extra innings, then brought in the winning run in the bottom of the eighth.

Dylan Arthur pitched in the first seven innings and Maikie Goodloe (1-3) closed the game. Individual stats were not available as of press time.

The Summerhawks rebounded the next morning against the Red Storm. They got their bats going early, scoring five runs in the first and second innings and one in the fourth. The Summerhawks’ defense kept the Red Storm’s comeback attempt to just one run in the fourth inning. Julian Chabot (1-0) picked up his first win on the mound.

While Cheney’s bats were alive against the Red Storm, they faded against the Joes. With the game tied 1-1 the Joes scored three runs to take the lead in the third inning. Cheney scored a run in the sixth inning. The Joes put up runs in the sixth and seventh innings.

Owings (1-1) started on the mound while Goodloe relieved him in the fifth inning.

“We knew going into this game, it was going to be tough but winnable,” head coach Nick Fell said. “After our win against the Red Storm earlier, our bats kind of went dead. That’s how baseball is unfortunately.”

Before the tournament, Cheney’s had a close game against Premier. At the plate, Garrett Hagel was 2 for 4 with a double. Chabot was 2 for 3 with an RBI. Luke Martin was 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI. Jacob Lauber (1-2) got the win on the mound.

The end of the regular season was a 180-degree turn from the beginning. Cheney lost their first five games before they shut out the Red Storm, 12-0, July 6. They went on another five-game skid before their three-game sweep over the Red Storm, 14-0 in a July 16 single game and a July 18 doubleheader 11-1, 14-0. Before the win over Northwest Premier, Cheney defeated the Joes, 9-1, July 20. The Summerhawks finished with a 6-8 record and third place in the Spokane Indians Youth Baseball League 15U standings.

Fell felt the season was successful. He noted the team’s boost in confidence after they swept the Red Storm at the end of the regular season.

“Offensively and pitching we’ve played well, but we played eight games in nine days,” Fell said. “We knew going into the tournament that arms were going to be stretched thin. After that slow start, I was proud of the team and I’m happy with how the season went.”

UFC 190 Embedded episodes 1-4

Well fight fans, we are just a day away from UFC 190 where women’s bantamweight champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey defends against undefeated prospect Bethe Correia.

The UFC uploaded the first four episodes of its “Embedded” vlog series leading up to the fight.

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

Podcast Theater: Mark Henry splits wigs on ‘TIJ’

On the latest episode of “Talk is Jericho,” Chris interviews one of my favorites – former world heavyweight champion Mark Henry.

The World’s Strongest Man talks about his beginnings in the business, how he almost quit the WWE and when he transformed into the wrestler he is today.

Henry is one of the few WWE stars that have been with the company since the ’90. Seeing him win the world heavyweight championship is one of my favorite moments as a fan.

Miesha Tate is Close To the Top of the Women’s 135 Mountain

Like it or not fight fans, Miesha “Cupcake” tate is once again fighting for UFC gold.

The former Strikeforce champion earned the next shot at the UFC women’s bantamweight champion after coming up on the winning side of a decision over Jessica “Evil” Eye at UFC on Fox 16, July 25. It was a fight that went like most of Tate’s previous wins. Eye got a burst of offensive but Tate was able to retaliate and control the fight.

This win brings Tate’s UFC record to 4-2 (17-5 overall). All four of her wins have gone the full 15 minutes, which critics point out as “lackluster.” Some folks see Tate’s No. 1 contender status as sign that there is a lack of depth in the UFC women’s 135-pound weight class. Personally, I think we’d see Tate fight for a title in the future.

Throughout her career, Tate has fought top competition. She hit her stride in Strikeforce where she won a world title, a tournament championship and picked up wins over top competitors like Julie Kedzie, Zoila Frausto and Marloes Coenen. After she won the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight title from Coenen, she was poised to be the next face of the women’s division – that is until a loud and brash up-and-comer named “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey, who has success in the women’s 145-pound division, dropped weight to challenge Tate for the title. Rousey would later submit Tate via armbar to claim the Strikeforce belt.

Tate later met Rousey in a rematch, losing via armbar in the third round and becoming the first fighter to take the Rowdy one past the first stanza. After “Cupcake” defeated Eye, many were already speculating on the outcome for Rousey vs. Tate III. Like James T. Kirk and Khan Noonien Singh, Rousey and Tate are destined to meet again.

Of course, there’s the possible monkey wrench that could ruin Rousey v. Tate III – Bethe Correia, who challenges Rousey for the title at UFC 190. Correia is undefeated though many believe that champion will make short work of the Pitbull. Even if Correia defeated Rousey for the title, the build-up for her and Tate would be entertaining as the two have traded verbal jabs in the past.

But if you’re a fight promoter, Rousey vs. Tate III is a dream. UFC President Dana White has compared this rivalry to Ken Shamrock and Tito Ortiz. The verbal barbs and insults have cooled off – and both ladies have a begrudging respect for each other – but it doesn’t take much for these two to get back into the mix.

Some argue that Tate has no chance to win the third fight because she’s already to 0-2 against Rousey. On paper that may give her a disadvantage but over the years there are fighters who have dropped the first two fights against an opponent and have come back to win the third.

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson lost the first two bouts against Wanderlei Silva in Pride, only to finish “The Axe Murderer” in the octagon. In January, lightweight title contender Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone – who had defeated Myles Jury two weeks earlier – was 0-2 going into the third fight with Benson Henderson, only to grind out a tough decision.

Tate has also cemented her place near the top – No. 1 or 2 – of the women’s 135 division and fans believe that she would beat Cat Zingano in a rematch. But it’s not about who is the No. 1 or No. 2. It’s about who is the championship gold and Tate – who will no doubt watch UFC 190 with close eyes – is gunning for that top spot.

It’s the New Day at Five Nights at Freddy’s 4

On this episode of “UpUpDownDown,” Austin Creed and Big E venture into “Five Nights at Freddy’s 4.”

NXSteve Episode 3

On this episode of “NXSteve,”
Jelly Donut takes on Jake Conway and Butt Death in a handicap match
Hilton vs. NXSteve champion Shockmaster
Big Jim vs. Andre the Giant

Also Steve announces matches for his first pay per view.