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Eagles senior southpaw commits to UW on baseball scholarship
Some people remember dates and times because of certain events. Arlingtons Joey Dettrich is not soon to forget the day a dream came true due mainly to Mother Nature.
Dettrich, a two-sport star at Arlington High School, signed a letter of intent to play baseball for the University of Washington Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 7:02 a.m.
Why such an unusual time? A combination of Mother Natures flood of 2006 and specific NCAA rules that specify certain times for the signing of scholarship offers.
The talented southpaw just completed his final year as the kicker on the Eagles football team.
It felt really good. Its something I have been looking forward to all of my life, Dettrich said.
It kind of made things better as I have been thinking and dreaming about this for years. I want to do well at the UW and hopefully play my freshman year, not sit on the bench.
The 6-foot-3 inch hurler will receive a 33 percent scholarship offer, which he said would cover a portion of the cost of books, tuition and one months living expenses.
Basketball and football are big enough money makers that they can afford full scholarships, but 33 percent is considered average for baseball, he said.
While his family may split their loyalties between UW and Washington State University, Dettrich said they all agree on one thing everyone is happy that I get to go there (UW) for baseball.
Asked how long he has been playing baseball, the teen didnt hesitate to say his passion for Americans national pastime began before he knew how to walk.
I have pictures of me holding a bat and wiffle ball. I used to carry around a bat wherever I went and still have four to five baseballs in my backpack at any one time.
He thanked his parents for driving him to countless baseball practices and games before he earned his drivers license.
If my mom (Heidi Johnson) misses one of my games it ruins her day. She takes it personal.
One of Dettrichs athletic accomplishments includes pitching at Safeco Field last summer as a member of the Seattle Mariners Northwest scout picks played three games at the home of the Ms in mid-August.
The three games pitted select high school players from the Northwest (Wash., Ore., Id.) against their peers from southern California.