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Anyone have any Dalkowski film?

Jonathan Hock needs your help, and it has to do with Steve Dalkowski.

Hock is a filmmaker, and if you’re a fan of the ESPN 30 for 30 documentaries, you may have seen his work.

He produced The Best That Never Was, on running back Marcus Dupree, and earlier this year he came out with the doc called Survive and Advance, which was about the North Carolina State men’s basketball team that won the 1983 NCAA Tournament.

Now, he’s doing a 30 for 30 on the fastball in baseball.

This is where Dalkowski comes in.

The left-hander pitched for the Tri-City Atoms back in 1961, and then again in 1965.Dalkowski was rumored to throw his fastball over 100 mph. But he was also wild.

The late Billy Harris once confirmed for me that the story was true that Dalkowski once threw a pitch from the mound at the old Sanders Field in Kennewick that cleared the backstop.

I would imagine it probably hit the old B-O-K gas station across Clearwater Avenue.In 1961, Dalkowski was 3-12 for Tri-City, pitching 103 innings. No strikeout records are available, but Dalkowski walked an incredible 196 batters that season.

In 1965, his control got better. He was 6-5, and in 84 innngs he walked just 52.

Hock is hoping someone may have some still photographs of Dalkowski from that time period.

But what he’d really like is some film of him. He says you never know where you can find old film.

“We found Marcus Dupree’s high school films in some guy’s shed, sitting out in the country in Mississippi,” said Hock.

It was movie gold.

So I’m putting out a call for him. If anyone has anything like that, please let me know by emailing me at

More summer baseball

Kennewick High grad Alex Storaci, who was at Blue Mountain Community College this spring, is playing summer college baseball for the Rochester Ridgeman in the New York Collegiate Baseball League.

Storaci, who plays first base, was 2-for-2 and scored a run in a 5-4 win over the Cortland Crush on Saturday.

Then on Sunday, he was 1-for-3 in a 7-5 loss to the Sherrill Silversmiths.

In another recent game, Storaci’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth drove in the winning run in a 5-4 victory over the Genessee Rapids.

WSU AD stays busy

WSU athletic director Bill Moos is staying busy, even after finishing up the school’s new football facility.

“We’ve had an aggressive agenda,” he said at last month’s Cougar Tailgate party at Southridge. “I’m very pleased with the facilities. We’re in the middle of the soccer field renovation right now.”

And his next project is already lined up.

“We already have a 125,000-square foot facility, we call “The Bubble,” that can be used for football, baseball, track, soccer for those winters we have. I think it will really enhance the recruiting for outdoor sports.”

College updates

Connor Moore (Richland) led the Seattle University pitching staff with 60 strikeouts this season. Moore had a 2-7 record with a 3.86 ERA. Mac Acker (CBC) was 5-4 for the Redhawks with a 3.88 ERA, and Garrett Anderson (Kamiakin) was 3-2 with a 3.00 ERA as a reliever.

Lewis-Clark State’s Kaytlyn Coleman (Kennewick) was an NAIA All-American this spring in women’s track in two events. Coleman placed seventh in the shot put with a toss of 46 feet, 4 inches. Coleman was fourth in the women’s hammer with a mark of 176 feet, 6 inches.

Eastern Oregon’s Harley McBride (Columbia-Burbank) was an NAIA All-American this spring in the women’s high jump after she finished seventh at nationals. She had a jump of 5 feet, 6 inches.

Pacific University senior Troy Zuroske (Richland) became the first Boxers men’s tennis player to be named to the All-Northwest Conference first team four years running.

Zuroske was 9-5 in singles player, including 6-3 at No. 1 singles. He also combined with teammate Giancarlo Battaglia for a 7-5 mark in No. 1 doubles play. The two were ranked No. 13 in the West in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

“I am happy to see Troy make it a clean sweep, capping one of the most successful careers for a Pacific tennis player,” said Pacific coach Brian Jackson. “He was the workhorse at the top of the lineup for many of our matches and provided the warrior-like play that inspired his teammates.”

Tixiers together again

When the Biola University women’s swim team hits the pool again this fall, Christine Tixier — the NAIA women’s swimmer of the year who competed for Hanford — will have some familiar company.

Her sister, Lisa Tixier, will join her at Biola for one season.

“We are extremely excited to have Lisa joining us in the fall,” said Biola head coach Eddie Shepard. “She is an extremely talented swimmer and will bring a lot of depth to our program. While she is a strong freestyle sprinter, she can perform well in a wide variety of events.”