LHP Adam Conley is probably dreaming tonight of the coming summer in Brewster. Trouble is he's sleepless in Seattle. On a cold and rainy night in the Pacific Northwest today the Washington State University closer watched his left fielder drop what would have been a game-ending pop-up. Instead of a save, the Huskies got a game-winning error in the bottom of the 9th off a Pierce Rankin fly ball that disappeared into the Seattle night and reappeard in shallow left-center with two men on.
I sat behind a Cardinals scout to see Conley touch 93 in his 9th inning appearance in the UW's Pac-10 conference opener. Conley never fell below 91 mph. After two quick outs, Conley hit a batter and then a catchers interference call placed the go-ahead run on first. The rest is history.
Conley has a herky-jerky wind-up and some heat to go along with it. He was cruising to a save until the interference call and then the dropped fly ball.
Shea Vucinich, who played last year for Wareham, was 0-2 at the plate tonight.