District 7 2A tourney up next for GNL champion Colville
Colville will host on ThursdayColville High (18-0, 19-1) will stay home this week to host second and third round games in the District 7 2A (Great Northern League) Tournament. The league champion Indians, who annexed the GNL pennant by a whopping five games over second place Deer Park (13-5, 15-5), will host a Thursday second round game. CHS will oppose the survivor of the loser-out opener on Tuesday that pits GNL No. 4 East Valley (9-9, 10-10) against visiting GNL No. 5 Cheney (8-10, 10-10).That game on Thursday at Dean Vaagen Park is scheduled for 4 p.m.In the other first round loser-out game on Tuesday, GNL No. 6 Clarkston (4-14, 4-14) will visit GNL No. 3 West Valley (10-8, 11-9). GNL runner-up Deer Park will await the survivor of Tuesday’s loser-out game between GNL No. 3 and GNL No. 6. That game is also scheduled for Thursday at 4 p.m.Championship at noon Saturday in ColvilleOn Saturday at Dean Vaagen Park, Thursday’s winners will play at noon for the District championship and top seed to the regional against the Central Washington Athletic Conference.The losers will drop down and play for the second and final berth to the regional (4 p.m.). Thursday’s losers will play at Vaagen Park at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The survivor will take on the loser of the championship game for that second seed to the regional with the CWAC.CHS head coach Jim Ebel just hopes that his team, which has sustained its share of injuries this spring, will enter the post-season on a roll. “We are working on a week of practice to get ready for District,” Ebel said. “We need to heal up, rest up and catch up on our school work…hit it hard for this week.”Late last month, Colville lost Jessi Wittmeyer, one of the team’s best hitters and fastest players. The Indians have also had some other injury issues.CHENEY RECAPIt wasn’t pretty, but Colville was able to get past Cheney 10-5 in the final regular season game back on April 30. Junior right-hander McKenna Cabbage was wild (eight walks and a hit batter), but she was still dominating with 14 strikeouts. The Blackhawks managed only one hit and one earned run.Colville committed three errors behind Cabbage.“Can you say winning ugly?” Ebel said after that one was over. “Hopefully, the way we played was just a reflection of a bad Monday practice, players in new spots (those aforementioned injuries), more cold weather (not this week) and an emotional Senior Night.“Whatever the reason, at least we hit well.”Colville pummeled Cheney pitching (literally at times) for 15 hits.April Hinds had a field day, going 4 for 4 with two doubles, a home run (her first of the season) and three RBIs. She also scored four times.Senior catcher Jammie Madonna continues another All-league season. She was 3 for 3 with a triple and was the first of four Colville hitters to drive a shot somewhere off the Cheney pitcher’s body.“That poor pitcher just got punished,” Ebel said, adding that the Blackhawks’ regular pitcher was out of action for academic reasons.Pitcher needed a Kevlar body suit“After the second ball hit her, she wisely put on her face mask. But apparently it got uncomfortable, because as soon as she took it off, another one of our hitters drilled her. “I know our pitchers feel her pain because they have to deal with that in our practices all the time.”Ebel conceded that Cabbage’s one-hitter might have been “the ugliest” he’s seen in awhile.“But when you get 14 strikeouts, that pretty much limits the damage,” Ebel pointed out.