PORTLAND, OR – Zachary Fraser, the Walla Walla Sweets’ General Manager, has been named Executive of the Year for the 2010 West Coast League season. The announcement was by WCL President, Ken Wilson, as he unveiled the awards for the League’s 6th season. The League awards were voted on by the coaches of West Coast League teams.
Zachary Fraser, speaking at theSweet's unveiling on November 12, 2009 at Sharpstein Elementary School in Walla Walla.
Fraser helped launch professionally run baseball in Walla Walla for the first time in 27 years by participating on a number of fronts, including launching the team's brand, setting up operations, managing ballpark renovations, selling tickets and developing a marketing campaign to re-introduce baseball to Walla Walla and its surrounding areas.
The results were visible in the stands, as Walla Walla led the West Coast League in attendance and finished with the 23rd highest attendance in the nation for collegiate wood-bat summer baseball.
“It’s an amazing honor to receive this award from the West Coast League,” said Fraser. “However, I have to give credit where credit is due. It’s one of the oldest sports clichés in the book, but it truly was a team effort. We have an unbelievably dedicated group in our front office that worked tirelessly and around the clock to get ready for last season. There’s no way I could have ever imagined doing this on my own.”
Bend Elks second baseman Tommy Richards of Washington State was named the 2010 West Coast League Most Valuable Player. Richards, a junior-to-be at WSU, led the league in batting with a .364 average, hit 2 home runs and collected 33 RBI this summer. This was his third season with his hometown team.
Kelowna Falcons southpaw Dayne Quist of UC Davis was the league pick for Pitcher of the Year. Quist, a junior-to-be, posted a league low 1.40 ERA and tied for the WCL lead in wins with 6. Over 51 1/3 innings pitched, Quist fanned 50, walked only 18, and went 6-1.
Ed Knaggs of Wenatchee earned WCL Coach of the Year honors for a second consecutive season. Knaggs, the dean of WCL coaches, completed his 10th season at the helm of the AppleSox. He led Wenatchee to their second straight WCL Championship, and fourth title in 6 seasons.
The Moses Lake Pirates are back-to-back recipients of the Jim Dietz Sportsmanship Award. The Pirates, who also won the award last summer, were one of the most improved teams from a season ago.
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.
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