First Tee Idaho Real Winner Of Charity Softball Game


Even a late inning surprise appearance by Boise State all-time leading
receiver and St. Louis Rams wide receiver Austin Pettis couldn't rescue the
Bronco offense in the fourth annual Boise State Football Team Softball
Challenge, held Saturday at Hawks Memorial Stadium.  The Bronco Defense used
the home run ball en route to a 16-8 victory, avenging last year's extra
inning victory by the Offense.

Defense team captain George Iloka homered twice in the game, as the Defense
jumped out to a quick 4-1 lead after the first two innings and never trailed
in the game.  An eight run top of the sixth pushed the Defense's lead to
16-4.  A last gasp rally by the Offense produced four runs in the bottom of
the sixth, including a pinch-hit single by Pettis.  It made things
interesting for the 2,000+ fans in attendance, but the rally fell short on a
fly out to left center field with the bases loaded.

The key highlight for the Offense came in the pre-game Get Floored Home Run
Derby, as sophomore quarterback Joe Southwick was in a zone, hitting six
first round home runs (out of 10 swings), before hammering eight more home
runs in the final round.  For the second straight year, senior nickel back
Hunter White advanced to the finals representing the Defense, before
finishing runner-up.

But, without question, the real winner from the game was non-profit youth
organization The First Tee of Idaho.  Event organizers estimate the charity
softball game will raise over $15,000, almost tripling the total generated
from last year's game, while the crowd of more than 2,000 was the largest in
the four year history of the game.

All proceeds will go to assist The First Tee of Idaho in their mission to
teach life skills and promote healthy choices to young kids through the game
of golf.  More than 40 Bronco football players combined for more than 220
hours of volunteer time for the game, while event partners, including the
Boise Hawks, the United Dairymen of Idaho, Nampa Floors and Interiors,
Chicago Connection Pizza and Clippers Hair Design, were instrumental
time-wise and through additional resources for the charity game.


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