Boise Media Home Run Derby

SaffFor years at the College of Idaho, I would invite the media to come to our field for a batting practice session – to drive some coverage of our teams.

Media Manager Courtney Garner and I each felt this thing could work for the Hawks as well – inviting all of the local media out for a couple hot dogs and a couple of rounds of batting practice.  Only issue – the team is not in town – so, the 38-year-old radio guy stepped up to the bump for the first time since Little League.

GerkeFor the most part, I threw strikes, and tried to emulate the Tom Beyers’, the Mark Johnson’s, and the Gary Van Tol’s – throwing firm pitches from 45 feet, mixing in a bad curve ball and a knuckler.

As for the media guys –

Paul Gerke of KIVI-TV opened the BP session, showing he was a dead-pull hitter, roping line-drives to left, and driving a ball a few feet from the warning track.

SouthernDave Southorn, beat writer for the Idaho Statesman and only newspaper guy in attendance, showed a great stroke – driving balls to all fields, including a pair of deep drives to center.

Levin2Bryan Levin of KBOI-TV took a little time to warm up, but once he did, crushed some balls to left, including a pair of shots that two-hopped off the wall.

A trio of KTVB-TV sports guys closed out the first round.  Ryan Larrondo rocketed balls to dead centerfield and also showed some pop to right; intern Justin McAfee showed a quick bat and hammered a few pitches; with Jay Tust finding his groove with pitches on the inner half of the plate.

LarrondoOh yeah, I took a few hacks as well – and yes, I swung and missed (once…); with my 6-year-old P.J. also getting a few swings – getting a couple balls out of the infield.

The group entered the Home Run Derby portion of the day – getting 20 swings (by this time, my arm felt like it was falling off), getting 1 point for a ball out of the infield, 2 points for a ball off the wall, and 3 points for a home run (0 points for anything else).

TustFinal standings – Jay Tust blasted a pair of home runs and finished with 17 total points to win the event, with Bryan Levin and Ryan Larrondo right behind him with 13 points (and one shot each off the wall).  I finished fourth (with almost had warning track power) at 11; Paul Gerke finished with nine, with Justin the Intern and Dave Southorn each logging six.

Great Day – and Great Photos – with less than a week before the team arrives.


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Reblogged this on High Heels {and} Highlights and commented:
This was a fun day building excitement for our season opener next Friday, June 13th!

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