The 2013 Northwest League (NWL) All-Star team was announced yesterday, July 25, with eight of YOUR Boise Hawks gracing the roster. Out of the eight on the roster, four of them will be in the starting lineup including catcher Lance Rymel, first-baseman Jacob Rogers, second-baseman Danny Lockhart, and designated hitter Yasiel Balaguert. The other four, including outfielder Shawon Dunston Jr., utility-man David Bote, and pitchers James Pugliese and Tyler Bremer, will be on the reserve list.

Rymel, a 28th round pick of the Cubs in the 2012 is hitting .307 with eight RBI on the season and is one of the top defensive catchers in the NWL.  Rogers, a 40th round pick in 2012, is tied for the league lead with 27 RBI and ranks second in the league with five home runs.  Lockhart, a tenth round pick of the Cubs in 2011, is hitting .311 with 16 RBI and has four three-hit games this season.  Balaguert, a free agent acquisition in 2012, is hitting .265 with four homers, eight doubles, and 27 RBI.

YOUR Boise Hawks coaching staff will also be participating in the game. With the Hawks winning the then East Division pennant last season, the south squad will be coached by Manager, Gary Van Tol, Hitting Coach, Bill Buckner, and Trainer, Jonathan Fierro.

This will be the first NWL All-Star game since 2004. The game, presented by Tulalip Resort Casino, will take place In Everett, Washington at Everett Memorial Stadium on Tuesday, August 6. There will be other events taking place such as a Homerun Derby, All-Star Fan Fest and an All-Star Luncheon at Tulalip Resort Casino, featuring guest speaker Jack Zdurencik, General Manager of the Seattle Mariners.

All-Star Tickets are available now online, in person at the AquaSox offices, located at 3802 Broadway, and over the phone at 425-258-3673. Your All-Star Game tickets include admission to the All-Star Fan Fest and Home Run Derby, as well as the game. Ticket prices are $15 for Upper Box, $17 for Field Box and $20 for Diamond Club.

Round 2 with YOUR Boise Hawks & Pacific Source


YOUR Boise Hawks teamed up with Pacific Source once again to promote healthy choices and being active for the second year in a row. The 2013 Boise Hawks Baseball Camp took place over two days, June 27- 28 and brought out even more kids than last year. There were 110 participants and a team of 16 Boise Hawks along with Manager Gary Van Tol helping out.


Matt Iannazzo, pitcher for YOUR Boise Hawks, was the camp captain during warm-ups. “I loved seeing the kids have fun and enjoying the game that we take so serious day in and day out.”


The kids had the opportunity to work on stretching, hitting, pitching, catching, etc. There were 10 teams that rotated between different stations throughout the two days. From what I heard, the Radar machine was the favorite amongst the young athletes.


I had the chance to catch up with four of the youngsters while they were enjoying their team lunch at the conclusion of day one. Three out of the four claimed the radar was the best station while one little guy loved the catching station and praised his coach, Lance Rymel, catcher for YOUR Boise Hawks. Nicholas McDaniel, son of our team photographer, Scott McDaniel, and his friends, Ryan Baker, Peter Palavos, and Nathan Palavos are all teammates on the Yankees for the Meridian PAL.


The camp goers also got the chance for a little fun on the slip-N-slide, lunch with the players, and an autograph session on day two.


Check YOUR Boise Hawks social media sites for pictures from camp and for information on how you can sign up to participate next year.



Lucky Elephant


For those of you who do NOT know me, I LOVE elephants. I have a pair of elephant earrings and I consider them lucky 🙂 With our loss of Wednesday night’s game, I decided to rock the Lucky Elephant earrings last night … and guess what … WE WON! Now don’t let me take away from our young talent here at Memorial Stadium, I’m just saying that the elephants ARE lucky 🙂

It was 96 degrees, clear sky, and a 4 MPH wind as James Pugliese threw out the first pitch at 7:17p.m.

The Emeralds started the game with a single by Martinez to shortstop. Martinez then scored off Adamson’s triple to center field. The triple was followed by a fly out and ground out. Adamson then scored and Stevens closed the inning with a ground out, Amaya to Shoulders.

Candelario was the only Hawk to get it started in the first inning, with his SECOND homerun of the season, BOTH of which being at Memorial Stadium (I wondered if there was any significance to that, the crowd, the atmosphere?)

The second inning is not worth mentioning as neither team scored. (Just my girly point of view … sorry, I need to get to the excitement).

Emeralds put 3 up and Pugliese took them DOWN in the 3rd inning. Hawks then tied up with Amaya getting a single to 3B who then advanced to 2B on a throwing error. Candelario then grounded out, and Amaya advanced to 3B followed by HOMEPLATE, bringing the score to 2-2. Rock Shoulders was then walked and Kim got the third out.

Again, to me, the 4th inning is not worth the mention so I’m moving onto the fifth … again, I need excitement.

Burke strikes out for the Ems while Adams started the 5th with a homerun on a 3-1 pitch count bringing the score to 3-2 Ems.

With a wild pitch, a single and a walk, the Hawks also got their third run of the game in the 5th inning.

Hayden Simpson replaced James Pugliese in the 6th inning (It was his first game here with the Hawks and he did GREAT).

The score stayed tied through the 8th inning.

While I was waiting to do my Player of The Game on field interview, I was on the edge of my seat wondering who it would be. Will we get our first home win of the season, will my plans for the interview be crushed?

With a double by Richardson and a throwing error by Bruno, Richardson scores … L 4-3 Emeralds, going into the bottom of the ninth.

Still on the edge of my seat, Dunston starts off the last inning striking out. My heart went crazy. BUT THEN … Amaya tripled to center field and all faith was back. I have to admit I didn’t really pay much attention after that until I heard the crowd go wild as Candelario hit a single through the hole at 2B, which brought in the 4th run by Amaya! Contreras then singled, advancing  Candelario to 3B. With that there was a pitcher change for the Ems and Inoa replaced Candelario at 3rd. With Rock up to bat … he singles to left field AND INOA SCORES THE WINNING RUN!

It was a great feeling … I looked to my boss and pointed to my Lucky Elephant earrings 🙂

All that matters is that the boys brought home a W!