>>WIAA 4A State Championships
This was my view on Saturday of the 4A Washington State softball championships as I worked the TV broadcast. It goes to show that a picture actually says nothing. Because the view was spectacular and the consolation and championship games were phenominal. I've umpired more games than I can count and have seen many more. But what took place Saturday was what the purity of high school sports and competition is all about. A walk off 3 run extra inning home run by underdog and unknown Tahoma High and little Bre West, off of Stanford bound Madi Shreyer and defending state champion Woodinville. That only set the stage for the seat grabbing championship that saw the hardware get awarded to Western Washington's Arlington High. The Eagles were a 2-1 winner over Camas and got their first championship trophy.
>>M's Pound Padres
Michael Morse smacked a three-run homer to back a complete game shutout from Aaron Harang, as the Mariners pounded the Padres, 9-0, at Safeco Field. Harang struck out eight while giving up just four hits and two walks as he improved to 2-and-5 with the victory. Jason Bay and Kelly Shoppach added solo shots for the M's, who have won two in-a-row after an eight-game losing streak. The teams meet again at 10:10.
>>Mariners Send Down Ackley
The Mariners sent infielder Dustin Ackley to Triple-A Tacoma yesterday. Ackley was hitting just .205 with a homer and eight RBI in 45 games this season. The M's also optioned pitcher Lucas Luetge to Tacoma while recalling infielder Nick Franklin and pitcher Hector Noesi. >>Seahawks Vets Hold Meeting
Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor said on Sirius/XM NFL Radio the team's veterans recently held a team meeting to discuss performance enhancing drugs. The meeting came after Bruce Irvin was suspended on May 17th for using PEDs. Five members of the Seahawks have been suspended for using PEDs since 2010. Chancellor said the team needs to stop making the same mistakes.
>>The Old Spurs
How about the Old San Antonio Spurs and the best and never talked about gaurd in the NBA in Tony Parker. A series sweep on the Memphis Griz and a 10 day break as they wait and watch the Indiana Pacers make Miami work to set up the NBA Finals. Tony Parker had 37 points on 15-of-21 shooting as the Spurs secured a spot in the NBA Finals with a 93-86 win over the Grizzlies. The Spurs are appearing in the Finals for the fifth time in franchise history. Their first since 2007. They have won each of their previous four trips.