August 2014

Inside the Northwest League – Nat Bailey Stadium

My final look at the Northwest League ball parks takes us to Nat Bailey Stadium in Vancouver, B.C., the home of the Vancouver Canadians

Jake Stinnett Makes Debut, Fans Vancouver’s Barreto

Cubs’ second round pick Jake Stinnett strikes out Franklin Barreto to end his first inning with the Boise Hawks

I Accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Three different people in the last 24 hours tweeted me, letting me know that I was the person they challenged for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

I am always up for a challenge – but an entire cooler filled with water and ice…let me tell you, it was cold

To Jeff Caves and Mike Prater, hosts of Idaho Sports Talk on 93.1 KTIK-FM and Will Hoenike, Voice of the Idaho Steelheads, I challenge you (and if my son PJ wants to try it – that would be awesome too)!!!

Second Round Pick to Join Boise Hawks


Jake Stinnett (courtesy of

The Boise Hawks, in conjunction with the Chicago Cubs, have announced that 2014 second-round draft pick, Jake Stinnett, will join the team prior to the series finale in Hillsboro.

The right-hander, who was a teammate of current Hawks’ outfielder, Charlie White, at the University of Maryland, has made three appearances at rookie-level Mesa after a near two-month layoff.

Stinnett was 7-6 with a 2.65 ERA in 15 starts with the Terrapins this spring, leading Maryland to the NCAA Super Regionals – where he defeated Virginia in Game 1.  He struck out 130 men in 112 innings of work, walking just 27, with opponents’ hitting just .192.

Inside the Northwest League – Ron Tonkin Field

The sixth edition of Inside the Northwest League features the newest ballpark in the league, Ron Tonkin Field in Hillsboro – built in 2013.

Mark Zagunis Promoted to Kane County

ZagunisAThe Boise Hawks, in conjunction with the Chicago Cubs, have announced that third-round pick Mark Zagunis has been promoted to the Class-A Kane County Cougars.  

No corresponding move has been made.

Zagunis played in 41 games with the Hawks, hitting .299 with two home runs and 27 RBI.  The catcher/outfielder also had nine doubles and two triples in Boise, while stealing 11 bases in 13 attempts.

The Northwest League South Division All-Star had a banner month of July, hitting .324 – along with hit streaks of seven and eight games.

Jesse Hodges with a three-run double vs. Eugene

Jesse Hodges clears the bases with a three-run double vs. Eugene on 8/10

Danny Canela RBI single vs. Eugene

Danny Canela ties the game at 1-1 with an RBI single vs. Eugene (8/10)

Mark Zagunis long Sacrifice Fly at Salem-Keizer

Mark Zagunis gets the Hawks on the board with a sacrifice fly at Salem-Keizer

Inside the Northwest League Stadiums – Volcanoes Stadium

In our latest look at the stadium around the Northwest League, we tour Volcanoes Stadium, the home of the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes.

High Heels {and} Highlights

from a woman in BASEBALL . . .

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