Monthly Archives: February 2009

Jason Hammel, Willie B. Updates

Here’s the latest on two former Kitsap stars of the diamonds:

On Wednesday, Jason Hammel pitched two scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out two in the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 7-0 loss to Cincinnati in their debut at Charlotte Sports Park.

Kansas City beat the Texas Rangers, 7-2, on Thursday at Surprise Stadium. Willie Bloomquist was retired by Kevin Millwood on a fly to right as Bloomie went 0-for-2.

Willie B. Starting for KC in …. Right Field?

Wait a minute, Willie Bloomquist signed with the Kansas City Royals because they were going to give him an opportunity to be their starting second baseman.

But when the Royals take the field for their first exhibition game today in Arizona, the Port Orchard native will be in right field.

The Royals haven’t given up on Willie as a second baseman. They’re simply taking advantage of his versatility. Bloomquist is filling in for Jose Guillen, who has been slowed by an ingrown toenail and sore shoulder.

You can read more about Willie in this story. KC manager Trey Hillman has been impressed so far.

“He’s done a good job,” Hillman said. “I like his versatility, obviously, but I also like the way he’s moving at second base. That’s where he’s exerting most of his energies right now, and that’s what we need to see with the evaluation process. His lateral range is exceptional. The other thing he brings offensively is once he gets on the base paths, he can steal bases.”

Laura Daugereau 4th in Canadian Challenge

Port Gamble musher Laura Daugereau place fourth in the 300-mile Canadian Challenge held in Saskatchewan. The race started on Wednesday and she finished Saturday. It took her four days, 12 hours and 17 minutes.

It was the final tuneup for the Iditarod in Alaska. She was the first woman from the state of Washington to compete in the race a year ago. She finished 64th.

Her partner, Rick Larson, from Sand Soulee, Mont., was second in Canada. A Belguim, Bart DeMarie, won the race in 4:05.35.

Daugereau was second the previous week in the Race to the Sky, where she won the “Best Kept Dog Team,” award.

We’ll try to catch up with Laura before she starts the Iditarod and will have provide daily reports during the race — both online and in our print editions.

For more background on Laura, go to her web site:

Villopoto: ‘I’ve Got Some Work to Do’

After his third podium finish of the season — a third-place finish in Atlanta behind Supercross superstars James Stewart and Chad Reed — Poulsbo’s Ryan Villapoto says he’s pleased with his progress, but is still learning what it takes to race against the big boys. “These guys have been racing for a long time and I’ve got some work to do,” said the two-time Supercross Lites champion.

In the bottom part of this story, he talks about it.

Marvin, Hawks at Portland Tonight and It Will Be Televised by CSN

With the Sonics long gone, tonight’s game in Portland gives local fans a chance to watch Marvin Williams play in the NBA. Of course, if you don’t have tickets by now, forget it. But if you’re a Comcast Cable subscriber, you can watch it live on TV. Williams and the Hawks play the Trail Blazers at 7 p.m. It’ll be televised live by the CSN Sports Network. It’s Channel 179.

Marvin, who had his No. 24 retired by Bremerton High over the All-Star break, is in the midst of his best season. He gets pretty good grades from this guy on ESPN.

Williams will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season, and appears headed for a major pay increase.

Kelly Misses Cut Again

Central Kitsap product Troy Kelly missed the cut for the third straight week at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Score: 6-over 78 at Spyglass Hill Golf Course.
Where he finished: 16-over 232 left him tied for 174th. Cut was at even par.
Recap: His struggles continued to the final hole, where he took a triple-bogey 7 on the 18th. He also had four bogeys and a double bogey to go with three birdies.
Next: Kelly is not in the field for the Northern Trust Open at Riviera CC in Los Angeles.