Broncos gear up for Summer Classic

Posted at 9:26 PM, Jul 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-13 00:07:29-04

The Boise State football team traded in spikes for a glove and bat today at Memorial Stadium to get ready for the summer classic which will take place next Thursday.

For some, it is the first time they have even picked up a bat or thrown a baseball and even stepped foot on a diamond.

The Bronco offense and defense took to the field this afternoon for their first softball practice for some it was a big adjustment.  The defense will have the services of a former minor league baseball player Mason Smith.

"We are going to need him to be the core.  We are going to need him to set the tone for us.  Last year the offense did come out ready and they won.  This year we are coming for it," said, Cornerback Tyler Horton.

The Summer Classic gives a chance for the players to pick up some extra camaraderie with one another.

"The offense needs to take another title.  We had fun last year, the defense I hope they step up their game up this year and I just hope everybody comes out it should be a fun time," said, Wide Receiver A.J. Richardson.

"We go out there we are, athletes, see the ball, hit a ball, catch the ball, and throw a ball that's all we know," said, Horton.

Along with playing a sport that most of the player doesn't get the chance to normally do, it's also about giving back to the community when they step foot out on the field.

"It's all the better for us get out here raise some money for something else.  Raise some money for something bigger than ourselves it's always special it's fun doing it," said, Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch.

Within just a matter of no time Coach, Harsin and his team will shift gears for Mountain West media days and start getting prepped to square off against Troy for the home opener.

"Since that last game I've been thinking ever since then, I want to start playing again and I just need to get ready," said, Center Mason Hampton.

The summer classic softball game is set for next Thursday.   There will be a home derby will take place prior the game.
Tickets to the game are only $5, and proceeds will benefit scholarships for at-risk children to participate in Optimist youth football.

After the game, the team will sign autographs in the outfield for fans in attendance.