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Offense wins Boise State football charity softball game; Martarano home run champ

The offense had its offense and its defense working, while the defense had no offense, and defensively could not compare to the offense.

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On Wednesday, after a two-summer hiatus, the Boise State football team hosted its charity Summer Classic Softball Game at Memorial Stadium. Behind 16 hits and just a lone error, the offense beat the defense 12-4. The defense got half its runs in the six-inning game in the first inning, totaling just seven hits while committing five errors.

“It was embarrassing,” said senior linebacker Ben Weaver, the defense’s captain. “We had a lot of confidence coming into it. I don’t really know what it was, just a combination of everything.”

The defense’s scores all came via home runs, two from linebackerJoe Martarano and one from linebacker Tanner Vallejo. The offense had three consecutive home runs in the fourth inning from receiver Thomas Sperbeck, kicker Tyler Rausa and receiver AJ Richardson in a five-run inning that made it 12-2. Weaver said he quickly heard some smack talk from the other side.

“There’s bragging rights, obviously, since this is the first one in a while, it’s kind of lost its steam in the locker room a little bit,” Weaver said. “I think after this, the offense will bring it up, I’m sure.”

Before the game, there was a much closer battle between Martarano and Rausa. Martarano spent the previous two summers playing minor league baseball in the Chicago Cubs organization, and Rausa had college baseball offers coming out of high school. The two belted home run after home run to whittle down an eight-player field to just the two. Rausa hit home runs his first 10 swings, but lost a bit of energy in the final as Martarano belted a few completely out of the stadium, past the temporary fences set up about 250 feet from home.

“I think he thought he was going to show me up,” Martarano said, adding that though he didn’t feel pressure, he was happy to win.

But Rausa played the game for the offense, which had final bragging rights.

“I didn’t win the battle, but we won the war in the end,” Rausa said.

Mountain West football media days begin Tuesday, where Sperbeck and Weaver will attend with coach Bryan Harsin, and fall camp begins Aug. 4.

Former Boise State DB Jackson transfers to Coffeyville CC

Darreon Jackson, a Boise State defensive back who was suspended for the upcoming season following a Title IX investigation into a sexual assault case, will transfer to Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College, his father said Wednesday.

Jackson redshirted last season at Boise State. He will play this fall and be able to transfer to any four-year school in the spring. Jackson attended high school in Derby, Kan., and had offers from Boise State, Texas Tech, Kansas and Kansas State, among others.

Broncos pick up verbal commitment from Highland DE

Boise State added some in-state talent recently when Highland High (Pocatello) defensive end Aisa Kelemete verbally committed to the Broncos.

Kelemete (6-foot-4, 225 pounds), who will be a senior in the fall, had offers from Idaho, Idaho State and Washington State. He is the sixth known verbal commitment of the Broncos' 2017 class.



OT Mike Young, 6-6, 335, Queen Creek (Ariz.) HS

QB Chase Cord, 6-3, 185, Sunrise Mountain High (Peoria, Ariz.)

S Mike Young, 6-0, 205, Dodge City CC (Raytown, Mo.)

LB Breydon Boyd, 6-4, 215, Katy (Texas) HS

OL Isiah Moore, 6-5, 315, Mesa CC (Tiffon, Ohio)

DE Aisa Kelemete, 6-4, 225, Highland HS

Dave Southorn: 208-377-6420, @IDS_southorn