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Where Are They Now? Series: 2019 Edition

Sweets Cross 30 Wins, Reach Postseason

By Brandon Monty | May 13, 2021

The final edition of the “Where Are They Now?” series looks at the 2019 Walla Walla Sweets and their run to the Wets Coast League postseason.

The Sweets found their way into the playoffs for the first time since 2013 and won 30 games or more for the third time in franchise history. They wasted no time out of the gate, winning eight games in a row to set their longest winning streak to start a year in team history.

The Sweets began their 2019 season with a sweep of the eventual league champion Corvallis Knights, a sign that there were special things to come in Walla Walla. The Sweets followed this series with a sweep of the Bend Elks in dominating fashion. Patrick Caulfield led the way offensively and was named the West Coast League Player of the Week, going 14-for-25 at the dish.

Caulfield was one of six members of the Sweets to be recognized by the WCL. He received first team honors while pitcher Travis Craven earned a second team nomination. Brayde Hirai, Cesar Lopez, Brock Ephan and Reid Sebby were named honorable mentions.

The Sweets ended the first half of the 2019 season 18-9, good enough to secure them a spot in the postseason. The Sweets earned themselves a postseason bid and a matchup with the Knights in the WCL South Division Series. The Sweets dropped game one before evening the series in game two, one of the best games of the season and in franchise history for the Sweets. After Caulfield tied the game in the ninth with a single, Justin Folz shattered the tie with a grand slam. After capping the six-run rally with a single, Hirai closed out the Knights to win game two. Despite falling in game three, the Sweets still achieved their first postseason victory since 2011 and had one of the more memorable seasons in team history.

Pitchers

# Player B/T Ht Wt College Class Hometown Draft Status Player Eligibility
11 Zac Berryman R/R
6 Landon Boeneke R/R 6-6 225 Baton Rouge, LA
19 Wyatt Boone R/R 5-10 211 San Juan, CA
7 Travis Craven L/L 5-9 180 Goleta, CA
32 Jake Dahle R/R 6-4 185 Tremonton, UT
40 Nathan Dahle R/R 6-6 230 Tremonton, UT
17 Brayde Hirai L/L 6-0 195 Pasco, WA
20 Ty Hueckman R/R 6-1 175 Burns, OR
5 Nick Irwin R/R 6-0 150 Kennewick, WA
21 Ben Johnson R/R 6-0 185 Federal Way, WA
10 Ryan Johnston R/R 5-10 165 San Diego, CA
28 Mason Kokodynski R/R 6-4 210 Phoenix, AZ
14 Chazz Martinez L/L 6-3 205 San Pedro, CA
23 Andrew Mosiello R/R 6-2 190 Temecula, CA
9 Brennan Patterson R/R 6-4 205 Roy, UT
55 Michael Peterson R/R 6-5 210 Pullman, WA
12 Spencer Schwehr R/L
16 Reid Sebby R/R 6-0 180 Huntington Beach, CA
4 Charles Dimick Wood R/R 5-10 195 Boise, ID

Catchers

# Player B/T Ht Wt College Class Hometown Draft Status Player Eligibility
35 Connor Lemma R/R Pacific Lutheran
44 Michael Petrie R/R 6-0 190 Mercer Island, WA
30 Bryce Vitt R/R Rohnert Park, CA

Infielders

# Player B/T Ht Wt College Class Hometown Draft Status Player Eligibility
13 Connor Cirillo R/R 5-7 145 Medina, WA

Outfielders

# Player B/T Ht Wt College Class Hometown Draft Status Player Eligibility
18 Patrick Caulfield R/R 5-10 180 Burlingame, CA
26 Emmanuel Dean R/R 6-3 215 Anaheim Hills, CA
27 Turner Edwards R/R
3 Cesar Lopez L/R 6-1 180 Downey, CA

Other

# Player B/T Ht Wt College Class Hometown Draft Status Player Eligibility
34 Brock Ephan R/R 6-4 265 Kalaheo, HI
15 Caleb Farmer R/R 6-2 200 San Jacinto, CA
24 Justin Folz R/R 6-0 190 Monroe, WA
2 Carson Green R/R 5-9 165 Kennewick, WA
1 Parker Price R/R 5-1 170 Boise, ID

Season: Summer 2019

North Division W L PCT GB STREAK LAST 10
Victoria HarbourCats  39 15 0.722 8W 9-1
Wenatchee AppleSox  29 25 0.537 10 4L 6-4
Bellingham Bells 25 27 0.481 13 2W 4-6
Port Angeles Lefties 22 32 0.407 17 7L 2-8
Yakima Valley Pippins 21 33 0.389 18 1W 2-8
Kelowna Falcons 17 35 0.327 21 8L 1-9
South Division W L PCT GB STREAK LAST 10
Corvallis Knights  42 12 0.778 7W 9-1
Walla Walla Sweets  30 23 0.566 11.5 1L 5-5
Ridgefield Raptors 27 27 0.500 15 4W 7-3
Portland Pickles 24 29 0.453 17.5 1W 6-4
Cowlitz Black Bears 24 30 0.444 18 1L 5-5
Bend Elks 21 33 0.389 21 3L 5-5

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