Chewelah Legion “A” off to fast start this summer

Chris Cowbrough

Sawyer Bardwell new head coach

S-E Sports Editor

The Chewelah “A” American Legion baseball team, one of three Chewelah entries in the Spokane-based American Legion baseball circuit this summer, is off to a solid start.
The team, comprised predominantly of Jenkins High’s junior varsity and some varsity team members, is 6-1 after digging out a wild 13-12 win over visiting Northwest Christian on Saturday.
Chewelah trailed 11-7 heading into the bottom of the seventh. A seventh inning rally tied the game and the Cougars were able to win in extra innings.

Split with ML

Chewelah “A” opened the season with a split with Medical Lake, winning the opener 11-1 and falling 9-6 in the second game. The Cougars swept Mead 5-3, 12-4 before downing Shadle Park 9-2, 5-3 and beating NWC on Saturday.
Chewelah was scheduled to host Sandpoint on Monday in a single game before hosting Deer Park on Thursday in a doubleheader.
The Cougars will travel to Sandpoint on Friday for a single game that starts at 6 p.m.
First-year Legion coach Sawyer Bardwell, a 2011 graduate of Colville High School, said his club will face a long break from June 20-30. He hopes to be able to reschedule NWC in that time frame. Last Saturday’s single game was scheduled to be a doubleheader (weather).
Chewelah will square off with Whitman County on June 30 in a home doubleheader (3 and 5 p.m. starts) before heading to Spokane for the annual Wood Bat Classic July 1-4.
Chewelah will travel to Northern Lakes (Timberlake High School) for a doubleheader on July 6 (noon and 2 p.m.). The Cougars will host Freeman on July 9 in a twinbill (noon and 2 p.m.) before the start of post-season play.
Bardwell, a first year high school baseball coach who helped lead the Chewelah junior varsity to an 18-1 record this spring, was also recently named the new Jenkins High head baseball coach. He replaces Luke Jeanneret, who resigned.
Bardwell, who was a long-term substitute teacher during the recently concluded school year (Kindergarten) in the Chewelah School District, will teach fifth grade at Gess Elementary School during the 2016-2017 school year.
Bardwell, league Offensive MVP (quarterback) and a first team All-League safety during his senior season at Colville High, also was a mainstay on the Indians’ baseball team.
The Carroll College graduate is looking forward to getting his career started in the Chewelah School District.
“I enjoyed my kindergarten teaching experience,” Bardwell said, adding with a smile, “I have even more respect now for kindergarten teachers than I did before.”
On the baseball field, Bardwell said the program has some good young talent that he is looking forward to coaching.
“Our junior varsity team had a lot of hard-working, coachable kids and great parents. I think we should have a very solid varsity next spring.