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SWEETS SELECTED AMONG LEAGUE’S BEST

Elliot Stewart led the Sweets in batting average, homeruns and RBIs and recieved 2nd team all-WCL honors for his efforts.

WALLA WALLA, Wa. – Walla Walla Sweets fans saw flashes of brilliance this season, and apparently so did others in the league, as four members of the Inaugural Season club were recognized by league coaches for their performances by being honored with All-WCL selections. Catcher Elliot Stewart (Cal Poly Mustangs) was selected to the All-WCL Second Team, while RHP Joey Wagman (Cal Poly Mustangs), SS Kevin Kuntz (Kansas Jayhawks), and 1B/OF Dennis Holt (UCLA Bruins) were selected to the All-WCL Honorable Mention Team. The announcement was made Monday, August 30, 2010 by WCL president Ken Wilson.

“We congratulate Elliot, Joey, Kevin, and Dennis,” said Sweets manager J.C. Biagi in a statement. “In addition to their contributions on the field, all of these players were fantastic teammates and great examples to our young fans.”

Stewart, who arrived two weeks after the season started, became one of WCL’s best hitters, especially in clutch situations. In addition to the franchise’s first ever homerun and grand slam, Stewart had a penchant for getting dramatic hits in must-win situations. He lead the team in many statistical categories, including batting average (.321), homeruns (3) and RBI (24).

Wagman, a teammate of Stewart at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, also got a late start, but became a key pitcher for the Sweets as they made a late-season push for a wild-card spot. The highlight of his performances may have been his complete game gem against the Bend Elks at Borleske Stadium on July 24. Wagman struck out six, allowed only four hits and dominated a team that had been the best offensive lineup in the WCL, and ultimately went to the championship series.

Kuntz, who settled in at the lead-off spot and as the starting shortstop for much of the season, finished among the top five in the league in OBP and walks, becoming the catalyst for the lineup and setting the table for many of Stewart’s theatrics.

Holt, who arrived half-way through the season as his college team, the UCLA Bruins, made it to the last game of the NCAA Championships at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, added a dose of power and consistency to the lineup. Almost coincidentally timed with Holt’s arrival, the Sweets heated up and got back into the race for the playoffs. He finished second on the team in homeruns (2), and third in average (.288).

Corvallis and Wenatchee led the league with seven members of each club being recognized. The table below outlines the First, Second, and Honorable Mention members of the All-WCL teams:

Position

First Team (Club)

Second Team  (Club)

C

Chase Anselment (KIT)

ELLIOT STEWART (WW)

1B

Eric Peterson (WEN)

Dylan Jones (COR)

2B

Tommy Richards (BEN)

Duncan Blades (ML)

SS

Bobby Joe Tannehill (KIT)

Matt Duffy (COR)

3B

Clayton Eslick (WEN)

Nate Roberts (ML)

OF

Michael Blake (COR)

Tyler Chism (KEL)

OF

Mitch Haniger (COR)

Donald Collins (BEN)

OF

Colin Bennett (WEN)

Nick Frederick (ML)

UTL

Trevor Brown (WEN)

Stephen Halcomb (BEN)

SP

Dayne Quist (KEL)

Michael McIver (WEN)

SP

Marco Gonzales (WEN)

Dustin Emmons (COR)

SP

Kyle Kraus (COR)

James Nygren (BEN)

SP

Cody Fassold (BEL)

Ben Guidos (BEN)

SP

Richie Mascheri (KIT)

Chris Dennis (COW)

RP

Jeff Ames (WEN)

Mitch Patito (COR)

 

Honorable Mention: Bellingham: James Wise (Washington State), Cordell Greene (Des Moines Area CC), Ben Ruff (Tacoma CC), Chris Sturdivant (Gonzaga).  Bend: Greg Davis (UC Santa Barbara), Andy Hunter (Gonzaga).  Corvallis: Matt Boyd (Oregon State), Daniel Dillard (Western Oregon).  Cowlitz:  Kevin Bosson (Cal Poly Pomona), Jeff Gold (Oregon), Braxton Miller (Lewis-Clark State), Jordan Fox (UC Irvine).  Kelowna:  Jordan Westra (Sam Houston State), Ben Edelstein (UC Santa Barbara), Brian Wolfe (Washington).  Kitsap:   Andrew Mistone (UC Riverside).  Moses Lake:  Eric Yardley (Seattle), Austin Shackleford (Utah).  Walla Walla:  Joey Wagman (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo), Kevin Kuntz (Kansas), Dennis Holt (UCLA)Wenatchee: None.

 

About the WCL:

 

The WCL is a ten-team, wood-bat summer college league located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.  The West Coast League features prospects from the Pac-10, Big West and other major conferences across the country.  The WCL is committed to player development and enriching its member communities.  For more information on the League, please visit www.westcoastleague.com.

About the Walla Walla Sweets:

Walla Walla Sweets is a professionally operated baseball club in the West Coast League. It is led by a group of civic-minded individuals with strong ties to the Walla Walla region and to the game of baseball. The Walla Walla Sweets will strive to provide their fans, sponsors, business partners, and investors with the very best in competitive baseball and entertainment, including atmosphere, comfort, food & beverage, safety, competition, fun and value. For more information, please visit www.wallawallasweets.com.