Catching up with some of Kitsap’s baseball pros:
South Kitsap grad Aaron Cunningham, a non-roster invitee with
the Chicago Cubs, is selling socks in his spare time. Yes,
Read all about it right here.
Central Kitsap grad Drew Vettleson is liking the
advanced camp he’s participating in with the Washington
Freelancer David Driver writes about Vettleson for the Kitsap
Hammel, another South Kitsap grad, is in camp with the Chicago
Cubs. He and Cunningham could be teammates, although Cunningham
will need a big spring.
Hammel pitched two innings in a spring training ‘B’ game on
Monday and told reporters, “I like to prove people wrong.”
South Kitsap grad Willie Bloomquist flashed some leather at
third base on Friday, making a couple of fine defensive plays and
GM Jack Zduriencik said Bloomquist will be the Seattle Mariners’
utility guy. Brad Miller or Nick Franklin will win the starting
shortstop position and the other, barring a trade, will wind up at
Triple-A Tacoma. And in case you missed it, Bloomquist
collected on a Super Bowl bet with Cleveland’s David
Bloomquist will also be the headliner at an April 10 Kitsap
Athletic Roundtable meeting at McCormick Woods Golf Course in Port
Orchard. The event will raise money for a scoreboard that will be
placed at Elton Goodwin Field at South Kitsap High School. The SK
school board has agreed to name the field after the late, great
high school coach. More info on the KAR meeting will be released
later this month.
Farewell, Pembo. Dave Pemberton, the easy-going, out-going
former Bremerton athlete, died Sunday after a three-year battle
with cancer.He was 63. We’re gonna miss him.
Mariners get a couple of offensive pieces to go with Robinson
Cano. First basemen/outfielders Corey Hart and Logan Morrison are
the latest additions. It won’t be official until they pass
physicals. GM Jack Zduriencik says they can split time in the OF
and at DH and backup Justin Smoak at 1B. I’m a little skeptical of
that. I’d be surprised if Smoak is wearing a Seattle uniform this
season. The M’s are also reportedly still in on
Nelson Cruz, the slugging outfielder who is reportedly good
friends with Cano.
The Mariners now have no room for
Kendrys Morales or Raul Ibanez, who has been linked to the
Earl Thomas of the Seahawks says it’s time to re-focus after
49ers game. The 49ers were effective in not letting Thomas dictate
the play as he’s often does. Thomas was also guilty of taking a bad
angle on the 51-yard run by Frank Gore that set up San Francisco’s
game-winning field goal. Maybe not a bad angle. Gore’s cutback was
a pretty nifty move by an All-Pro type player. Sometimes you just
have to give the other guys credit. Gore also ran by Richard
Sherman on the play.
I read about the incredible ending to the Class 4A state
championship football game between Chiawana and Camas. Watch it for yourself
right here. I picked it up with a little over 2 minutes left
and saw all you needed to see. What a comeback. Chiawana scores
late, recovers onside kick and scores on last play to win,
Home-plate collisions are now a thing of the past after MLB
banned players from bowling over catchers at the plate.
Williams was back in action after missing four games with a
heel problem. The Bremerton High grad had 8 points, 5 rebounds and
4 assists in 122-101 win over Sacramento on Wednesday.