The football player at the hot corner

Wednesday, July 9, 2014.

Here s the baseball update on Boise State linebacker Joey Martarano with the Chicago Cubs entry in the Arizona Rookie League.Martarano has played in only three games for the Cubs, going 2-for-9 (both hits have been singles).The former Fruitland Grizzly struck out three times in four at-bats in a game versus the Reds last week. Getting used to hitting a little sphere coming at you at 90-plus miles per hour after more than a year off is not like ridin a bike.But at this rate, you wonder if we will see Martarano in a Boise Hawks uniform before the Broncos fall camp convenes on August 1 (three weeks from Friday).On the other hand, it s still early for Martarano.

He s always been a star in baseball the Cubs drafted Martarano in the 22nd round of the Major League Baseball Draft last month, taking a chance on a guy who is committed to football.Martarano was taken in the 13th round by Philadelphia last year but declined to sign, as he didn't have Boise State's permission to play baseball.Now he s getting to test the waters with Bronco coach Bryan Harsin s blessing, and it must feel good to don a baseball uniform again.

Just two years ago Martarano was rated by some services as the top prep third baseman in the country.He was selected to play in the the Under Armour All-American Game that featured 36 of the top high schoolers in the country at Wrigley Field in August, 2012, and went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI single.It was a great baseball experience for Martarano, but he had already opted for a football experience at Boise State.He gave his verbal the summer going into his junior year at Fruitland, the Broncos earliest commitment ever.Considering his performance this spring, and his 6-3, 241-pound size, football still appears to be a good fit.Incidentally, Martarano didn't play last night for the Cubs' rookie league team, but Eagle High grad Andrew Ely did. Playing his second game, Ely went 3-for-4 and hit his first professional home run in a 6-4 loss to the Indians.

Boise State s football newcomers are now in town, and the true freshmen got their first taste of 100-degree player-run practices Monday.Among those enthusiastically tweeting and instagramming their arrivals were Chase Blakley, the tight end from Coeur d Alene, along with offensive linemen Troy Bacon and Tennessee Su esu e, defensive end Kaleb Hill, running back Cory Young, and linebacker Joe Provenzano.Many posted photos of their new lockers in the Bleymaier Football Center.

The Boise Hawks opened a pivotal three-game series against Hillsboro last night with an 11-4 rout of the Hops at Memorial Stadium.Jeffrey Baez led the offense with a four-RBI night that included his Northwest League-leading seventh home run, a three-run shot in the fifth inning that broke the game open.Rashad Crawford went 3-for-5 and added three runs batted in.On the mound Tyler Ihrig improved to 3-0, allowing two runs in six innings.Despite the 15 runs scored total between the two teams, the game was the shortest of the season for Boise at two hours, 16 minutes.The Hawks, winners of three straight games and eight of their last 11, are over .500 for the first time since June 19 and have pulled to within two games of Hillsboro in the NWL South Division.

Former Hawk John Lackey is at the center of some commotion in the Boston Red Sox clubhouse.Through no fault of his own, so is David Ortiz, and he is not happy.Lackey lost to Baltimore last Saturday night, with the Orioles Nelson Cruz going 5-for-5 and hitting a solo homer.Lackey has long railed against those linked to performance-enhancing drugs, and Cruz was the guy who was suspended for 50 games last year.When asked about Cruz, Lackey gave a cynical no comment-type response.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter insinuated that the Red Sox should look in the mirror first.Later, an analyst on the MLB Network turned it back on the Red Sox and said Ortiz gets a free pass (he reportedly tested positive for PEDs in 2003 before the MLB s drug policy was in place). What pisses me off is the whole thing about, why does my name got to be mentioned in that? ranted Ortiz. What did I have to do with that?

This happened while I was gone, but I don t think it was out there.Boise State finished 74th in the Learfield Directors Cup standings out of 297 eligible Division I athletic departments ranked for all-sports performance in 2013-14.That was third in the Mountain West behind New Mexico (51st) and San Diego State (56th).Air Force (87th) and UNLV (98th) also finished in the top 100.Idaho came in 189th and Idaho State 259th.How about this stunner: Nevada s athletic program was ranked 284th.

Today is Dan Potter s first official day on the job as Boise State s new men s golf coach.Potter comes to the Broncos from Washington, where he served as an assistant the past two years and helped the Huskies to two top 16 finishes at the NCAA Championships.Potter, a Coeur d Alene native, coached Moscow s Chris Williams, who won the 2013 Ben Hogan Award as the nation s top collegiate player and was the world s top-ranked amateur before turning pro last summer. One of Potter's inherited players at Boise State, Eagle's Ty Travis, captured a spot in next month's U.S. Amateur by winning the IGA qualifier yesterday at BanBury.

This Day In Sports...July 9, 1946:

Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox has four hits, scores four runs, and knocks in five as the American League defeats the National League, 12-0, in the All-Star Game.In the eighth inning, the Splendid Splinter hit a Rip Sewell blooper pitch for a home run, a feat no one else had ever accomplished.The much-celebrated game marked the return of the Midsummer Classic after a one-year absence due to World War II.

(Tom Scott hosts the Scott Slant segment Sunday nights at 10:30PM on KTVB s Sunday Sports Extra and anchors five sports segments each weekday on 93.1 The Ticket.He also served as color commentator on KTVB s telecasts of Boise State football for 14 seasons.)


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