QB Southwick, former minor-leaguer Richardson highlight Boise State football team's annual homer derby

By Chadd Cripe
© 2012 Idaho Statesman

The Boise State football team’s annual charity softball game Saturday should feature an impressive display of power during the home run derby.

The team took batting practice Thursday at Memorial Stadium. Quarterback Joe Southwick, the defending derby champion, hit a ball over the left-field fence (335 feet away) and nickel Hilton Richardson, a year removed from minor league baseball, hit a few over the right-field fence and nearly cleared the wall in center.

Southwick, center Cory Yriarte and wide receiver Dallas Burroughs will compete for the offense in the home run derby. Richardson, nickel Jonathan Brown (who consistently smacked line-drives over the softball fence) and defensive end Darren Koontz will represent the defense.

The format, from Boise State:

— Each player gets 13 pitches to take 10 swings. The top offensive and top defensive player meet in the championship round.

— A player’s first-round score carries over to the championship round as one point
per homer. Each home run in the championship round is worth two points.

— Additionally, a team score will be kept and the team with the most points gets an extra out in an inning of their choice during the game so
there is incentive for most team home runs.

The fifth annual Bronco Football Summer Classic softball game begins with the derby at 5:45 p.m. and the six-inning game at 6:45 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $6 or $10 for reserved seats. The Challenge Family Pack is $20, which includes two adult tickets and up to four youth tickets. They’re available at boisehawks.com. Players will sign Summer Classic posters after the game until 9 p.m.

All proceeds from tickets and concessions go to The First Tee of Idaho.

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