Husky Football Blog
Times reporter Bob Condotta keeps the news coming about the Montlake Dawgs.
June 6, 2008 7:09 PM
Posted by Bob Condotta
GAME ENDS 11-1 --- That's where it ended. Locker finished 1-3 with a double, a walk and two strikeouts.He said afterward he had fun but was disappointed in the two strikeouts saying he thought he took good swings but wasn't seeing the ball well.
ATTENDANCE IS 2,019 --- Team officials seem pretty happy with that total, which they attribute in large part to the presence of Locker. This is also the first year of ownership for Brett Sports (yes, that Brett) so some added promotions surely helped, as well. Still, they say the allure of Locker helped quite a bit. This is technically the same franchise that was one the farm team for the Mariners (Ken Griffey Jr., began his career here in 1987) so records go back a long way and no one here seems to know where that stands. But the place was pretty full tonight.
LOCKER STRIKES OUT AGAIN --- Locker came up with two on and two out in the eighth, and after working the count to 3-2, struck out swinging on a pitch low and away. It's 11-1 in the eighth, meaning that was likely his last at-bat of the night. He is 1-3 with a double and a walk.
LOCKER STRIKES OUT --- Locker was up second in the bottom of the sixth and struck out swinging on a 3-2 pitch. He also had a strike called and fouled one off before swinging and missing against pitcher Jay Taylor, the starter for Everett who has gone all the way.
LOCKER MAKES ALL THREE OUTS IN SIXTH --- After not getting a fly ball in the first five innings, Locker got three his way in the sixth and caught all three. None was all that hard, though the first seemed the most difficult, a liner that he caught, then appeared to do a 360 with before throwing it in. The other two were pretty high flies that he seemed to have all the way. Locker had said before the game he felt most rusty at tracking flies. However, Everett scored three more runs and now leads 11-1.
LOCKER LITERALLY DOING IT ALL --- Bellingham finally scored a run in the bottom of the fifth to make it 8-1. But the real fun came when the inning was over when the team brought Barbara Locker, Jake's grandmother, on the field to honor her birthday. Jake and Brady Locker, his cousin who is playing right field, then led the crowd in singing Happy Birthday to Barbara.
LOCKER OUT AT THIRD AFTER HITTING DOUBLE --- Locker led off the bottom of the fourth by hitting a rocket over the head of the CF in left-center, that went all the way to the wall (which reads 350). With the crowd giving its loudest cheer ot the night, Locker easily got to second then tried to stretch into to a triple. But he was out by a good couple feet, despite a head-first slide (he may have to get those out of his system here since he's vowed not to do that anymore on the football field). The Bells went down easily otherwise and it's still 8-0 after four innings.
LOCKER MAKES QUICK THROW TO THIRD --- Locker has yet to have a fly ball come his way. But he just displayed his strong arm with a throw to third base that beat a runner coming from first on a grounder up the middle, but that couldn't be handled by the third baseman. Locker got the ball after it squirted past the second baseman, another in a series of sloppy plays by the Bells. It's now 8-0 Everett with Locker due up first in the bottom of the fourth.
STILL 4-0 --- Locker handled a ball that the right field leaped for and couldn't get to, and another one that snuck through the infield. But he has yet to really have a play come his way. He's due up fifth in the third.
EVERETT LEADS 4-0 --- Locker fielded a single up the middle cleanly in the top of the second, an inning in which Everett scored another two runs. So far, little to cheer about here other than the introduction of Jake who received the loudest applause.
LOCKER WALKS --- Locker walked in his first at-bat, fouling off three pitches before walking on a 3-2 count. Everett leads 2-0. The inning ended quickly after Locker's walk, so we're off to the second.
TOP OF FIRST -- The game has begun, and Jake Locker is in center field. Everett has scored a run on a walk, a steal and an error --- or what the Mariners would call a big rally --- but so far Locker has seen no action. A few of Locker's UW teammates are here to support him tonight including D'Adnre Goodwin, Ryan Tolar and Cody Habben.LOCKE