1.UC-Irvine RHP Ryan Johnston recorded his first collegiate win, tossing two scoreless innings of relief in the Anteaters’ 6-3 victory over Portland on Saturday. UC-Irvine swept the three-game weekend series. Johnston will be returning to Walla Walla for his second season with the Sweets this summer. The redshirt freshman pitched to a 3.27 ERA in 7 games with the Sweets in 2016.
2.We had a trio of Sweets battle each other over the weekend. Gonzaga (Nick Nyquist) and Cal-Berkeley (Tommy Henderson, Ripken Reyes) split a four-game series two games apiece at Evans Diamond in Berkeley. The Bulldogs outscored the Bears 25-22 overall in the series.
3.Cal Baptist (and future Sweets) 1B John Glenn had a monster night on Friday. Glenn was the catalyst for the Lancers in a 13-3 beat-down of Fresno Pacific. John was 3-for-5 at the dish with a double, a run and two RBI. Cal Baptist took 3 of 4 in the series.
4.Both RHP Benji Post and LHP Scott Parker received innings for San Francisco in the Dons’ 4-1 win over Utah Valley. Post started the game and threw two scoreless frames. Parker, meanwhile, came on late in the game and tossed a perfect eighth.
5.Post took the ball again three days later. The sophomore started the ballgame—his second start in under a week—and gave the Dons some length. Post improved his record to 2-0 on the year by tossing 5.2 innings, allowing two earned runs while striking out three. He lowered his ERA to 2.92. San Francisco downed Albany in a 12-11 slugfest.
6.Richmond Spiders SS Vinny Capra just keeps on hitting. The Walla Walla-bound junior was 7-for-13 with a double, 2 runs scored and 3 RBI over the weekend in a three-game series at Texas State. Capra leads the Spiders with a .441 batting average and has reached base at a .486 clip out of the leadoff spot in Richmond’s lineup. With a weapon like Capra at the top of the batting order, the Sweets should have an easier time generating offense early in the game.
7.1B Joseph Zimmer of Whitman College stuffed the stat sheet on Sunday afternoon at Safeco Field in Seattle. Playing on the big stage at the Mariners’ home ballpark, Zimmer’s bat spurred Whitman to an 11-5 win over Centre College. The junior first baseman swatted two hits, a single and a double, and drove in four runs in the victory. Thus far, Zimmer leads the Blues in many offensive categories including hits (18), extra-base hits (8), slugging (.564), and RBI (13). He’s showing why he was named to the Division III preseason All-America Second Team.
8.With the Ivy League beginning its schedule on Friday, every player on the Sweets’ 2017 roster is now underway with their college season. Harvard freshman OF Jake Suddleson started opening day for the Crimson, a 13-1 win over Lafayette. His old high school teammate, RHP/3B Cameron Deere of Brown University also began his first college campaign. Suddleson and Deere will re-unite in Walla Walla this summer after spending their high school years together at Harvard-Westlake HS in Los Angeles. Check out the team site later in the week for an introduction to these two young guns!
9.Over the years, numerous Sweets alumni have been selected in the MLB Amateur Draft. However, one player stands out above the rest. St. Louis Cardinals RHP Arturo Reyes, who was an all-star during his lone season with Walla Walla in 2012, is putting up an impressive performance in Major League camp. Reyes, who was invited to Spring Training as a non-roster invitee for the Cards, has thrown 4.1 innings across two appearances without allowing a run. The former 40th-round selection has surrendered just two hits and has walked nobody. Reyes tossed two innings of one-hit baseball on Saturday when the Cardinals played the Washington Nationals to a 1-1 tie. He had previously appeared against the Boston Red Sox back on February 27th, working 2.1 scoreless frames.
10.Emory University RHP Billy Dimlow, a second-year Sweet, is establishing himself as the best pitcher in Division III. He hurled 8.0 innings on February 25th, striking out 10 without allowing an earned run in a 5-1 victory over Huntingdon. Dimlow started again on Sunday and delivered a so-so performance, the first time he wasn’t unhittably dominant this season. Still, great pitchers find a way to keep their team in the lead even when they lack their best stuff. Despite scattering 10 hits, Dimlow allowed just a pair of earned runs while punching out 7 in 4.2 innings against Millsaps. Although he left the ballgame trailing 3-2, the Eagles rallied for five in the sixth inning and won the ballgame 7-6. Dimlow is 2-0 with an ERA of 0.68 and 37 strikeouts against 20 hits and three walks in 26.2 innings on the season.