Southwick seeking third derby championship
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Boise State recruit Joe Martarano turned down a chance to play big league baseball for a shot at playing linebacker on the blue. Once he spends a little more time talking to another Joe- quarterback Joe Southwick- maybe Martarano will realize that once per year, he can have the best of both worlds.
Mr. Southwick is just two days away from swapping his football helmet for his ball cap and attempting to defend his crown in the home run derby. The incumbent starting QB has won the Bronco Classic's precursory event each of the last two years. Southwick was humble about his chances of a three-peat.
"Three-time? I mean, two-time- you have to be lucky to get it two times. There's a lot of luck involved," he explained. "I've just got to go out and hit 'em far, that's all I can do."
43 broncos are set to suit up for Saturday's six-inning game at Memorial Stadium. As captain of the offense, Southwick had a chance to size up both sides at practice Thursday, and claims he was surprised to find some teammates with natural softball talent.
"There have been a couple that have really come out of nowhere. Kicker, Tyler Rausa, can play a little bit. We're excited he's on the offense, since we have the kickers," laughed Southwick. "There are a couple guys on the defense too, unfortunately, that I think are going to do well."