Sean Sullivan (RHP)
Young trio will play key role for the Sweets this summer
All three D1 commits will get their first taste of collegiate action this summer with Walla Walla
Walla Walla, Wash. – Three graduating high school seniors who are committed to play at the Division I level will join the Sweets for the 2018 season. Jack Filby (MIF, C/ UCLA), Sean Sullivan (RHP/University of California, Berkeley), and Patrick Collins (RHP/University of San Francisco) will suit up for Walla Walla this summer.
“I knew [the Sweets] were in a very competitive league where there are a lot of D1 guys who want to play the game at the next level,” Filby said. “I knew it was the right destination for me.”
“I just think it’s an experience every college player should have, playing for a collegiate team over the summer and playing with a bunch of different guys going to different schools,” Sullivan said. “I know some guys on the team too, so it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
“It all started with Coach Mutz inviting me,” Collins said. “Then I really looked into it, and I saw it was a great chance for me to see college hitters before I actually went to college and that really intrigued me.”
Filby is a native of Sacramento California where he currently attends C.K. McClatchy High School and has already racked up a laundry list of accolades. In 2016, he was named to the Top Prospect Team at the Perfect Game Underclass All-American Games and played for the Oakland Athletics at the Underclass Area Code Games. In 2017, he was named to the MaxPreps Medium Schools All-State first team, All-Sacramento Bee first team, Rawlings Top Prospect Team at the Perfect Game National Showcase, and played a second time with the Athletics at the Area Code Games.
“I’ve had the privilege to play varsity since I was a freshman, so I’ve been entrenched in varsity baseball with a lot of high-level play and older guys which has allowed me to mature and grow as a player on and off the field,” Filby said. “It’s brought a lot of fun to my life allowing me to play the game that I love, which is baseball.”
During his 2016 and 2017 high school seasons, Filby batted .374 with 23 RBI, eight doubles, 56 walks, and a 1.142 OPS. He committed to UCLA following his freshman year back in 2015 and will now finally get the chance to don the Bruins’ blue and gold.
“I committed there because it was my dream school,” Filby said. “I enjoy Westwood and So-Cal, so that really appealed to me. They produce a lot of great players, and I’m hoping to be one of them.”
Sean Sullivan (RHP)
Patrick Collins (RHP)
Sullivan grew up in Woodland Hills, California and is currently attending Chaminade College Prep High School. He missed all last season due to a back injury but has been named to the Under Armour Preseason All-American team back-to-back years and was also high honorable mention on the Perfect Game Preseason All-American team in 2017.
“The baseball team is pretty much my home here,” Sullivan said. “It’s definitely a home away from home. I look forward to coming out here every single day and playing with my brothers. It’s a lot of fun and we get after it out here.”
Sullivan is committed to play for the University of California, Berkeley next year and said the chance to play in a beautiful area and in a high-caliber conference was an opportunity he could not pass up.
“I’m really fascinated with the Bay area,” Sullivan said. “I love the overcast weather and the coaches [at Cal] are amazing. Each and every one of them are really kind, really great guys. Their program is outstanding, Pac-12 baseball, that’s a given. I’m really fortunate that I got the opportunity to play there.”
Collins is a native of Calabasas, California and is currently attending Chaminade College Prep High School. He finished last season with a 4-0 record, a 1.15 ERA, 50 strikeouts in 61 innings pitched, and was named Mission League Pitcher of the Year.
“It’s been nice because it’s more of a laid-back atmosphere,” Collins said of the Chaminade baseball program. “We all love playing baseball and working hard when we have to, but we have a good time doing it.”
Collins is committed to play at the University of San Francisco next year and said after spending a lot of time in the city over the years that he always knew it was somewhere he wanted to be.
“I’ve always loved San Francisco because my dad is from there, and I still go up there all the time,” Collins said. “It’s always been a dream of mine to play Division I baseball so when I got the chance to play [at USF] I felt like it was a perfect match for me.”
Sweets head coach Frank Mutz has had the opportunity to coach both Sullivan and Collins over the last four years, as Mutz is also the head coach of Chaminade College Prep High School. He said that both players will play a vital role for the team this summer as members of the Sweets’ pitching staff.
“Sullivan is a hard throwing RHP and an incredible athlete,” Mutz said. “He is a guy who performs better in the big situations, and I’m confident will be a great asset to our pitching staff. Collins is one of the most competitive pitchers I’ve ever had pitch for me. He will be used in several roles this summer and adds a dynamic repertoire of pitches most high school and college pitchers don’t have.”
Coach Mutz has not had the opportunity to coach Filby, but still said that if [Filby] is not the top high school bat in Northern California, he’s certainly on the short list.
“We have high expectations for Filby and plan to have him in the top of our lineup,” Mutz said. “He is a complete player, and the only concern I have is that we may lose him to the 2018 MLB Draft.”Read Less
The Sweets have added three players who will help both in the field and on the mound.
Experience and versatility abundant with the Sweets newest signings
Walla Walla, Wash. – The Sweets have added three players who will help both in the field and on the mound. Sophomore Jeremy Polon (LHP/Moorpark College), junior Tyson Quolas (OF, LHP/Cal State Monterey Bay) and junior Zach Penrod (OF/Northwest Nazarene University) will be in action for the Walla Walla Sweets this summer.
“I’ve known coach Mutz since I was a freshman in high school,” Polon said. “His high school came to play at my junior college earlier this fall in a tournament that we host and I was talking to him and he asked if I wanted to play for the Sweets and my answer was, ‘Definitely!’”
“I wanted to join a really competitive league,” Quolas said. “The contract was there and everything else fell into place and now I’m really excited to be in Walla Walla.”
“Over the last couple years, I knew that the WCL was something that I wanted to be a part of,” Penrod said. “When my coach texted me and told me I got a spot with the Walla Walla Sweets, I was super excited. It was like a dream come true to play at this level.”
Polon grew up in West Hills, California and had a stellar career at El Camino Real Charter High School. He was a three-year letter winner for baseball and compiled a career record of 30-4 while striking out 224 batters in 210 innings.
He holds two of the five lowest season ERA’s in El Camino Real Charter baseball history and helped lead the school to back-to-back Los Angeles City Division I Championships. Polon was a three-time first team Los Angeles City Section Division I selection, the 2015 City Section Division I Co-Player of the Year, two-time West Valley League Pitcher of the Year, and three-time first team West Valley League selection.
Polon played his first year of college ball at San Jose State University, appeared in 13 games, and finished the season with 10 strikeouts in seven innings of work. Last summer he played in the WCL with the Gresham Greywolves and had a 1-2 record with 17 strikeouts over 18 1/3 innings pitched. Having had the chance to play in Borleske Stadium, Polon said he was blown away by the overall experience.
“We showed up there I believe for a Friday, Saturday, Sunday series and all those days it was packed,” he said. “The fans were awesome, the facility is beautiful, the playing surface is awesome, I was really impressed.”
Now attending Moorpark College, Polon said he is enjoying his time with the baseball program and having campus be so close to home. The school’s pitching coach, Tom Vessella, is a former professional baseball player who Polon said has a great approach to the game and has really helped him tremendously.
“Our pitching coach, he’s been awesome,” Polon said. “He has that pro-ball mentality to get in, get your work in, and then you go home. I like that feel to it; it doesn’t have such a robotic feel. This is only my first year [with Moorpark], so I’m still new to the whole system here, but so far it’s been a great time.”
Jeremy Polon (LHP)
Tyson Quolas (OF, LHP)
Quolas grew up in Oxnard, California and went to Oaks Christian High School where he had an exceptional baseball career. His senior year in 2014, he finished with a .407 batting average, 20 runs scored, 10 RBI and nine doubles. That year he was named to the MaxPreps All-State second team, All-Southern Section, first team All-Ventura County, first team All-CIF, and first team All-Tri Valley Conference.
Quolas played his first two years of college ball locally with Oxnard College and finished his stint there with a .257 batting average, 11 doubles and 31 RBI. On the mound for the Condors, he finished with a 1-1 record and a 2.81 ERA in 16 innings pitched. He was also honorable mention Western States North Conference in 2015 and second team in 2016.
“It was a big learning experience,” Quolas said of his time at Oxnard College. “Steve Hernandez was my pitching coach and he taught me my changeup and I use that pitch a lot now. I’m glad I went to Oxnard and learned that pitch because it’s good to rely on when your fastball is not doing too hot.”
Quolas transferred to Cal State Monterey Bay in the fall of 2016 and utilized his redshirt season this past year. He said he has enjoyed the change of scenery and that the overall approach to the game by the coaching staff has been great.
“When I came to Cal State Monterey I was expecting something like Oxnard, but Coach White, he coaches a little more freestyle,” said Quolas. “You have your own program and you stick to it and have to grind on your own. You go at your own pace, so if you’re not feeling great one day you can lighten up your load, but most of the time we like to go out and get after it together and all do different things.”
Penrod is a native of Nampa, Idaho, where he went to Columbia High School and was an outstanding athlete. He was a three-year varsity letter winner in baseball and was named as a first team All-Conference outfielder all three years.
Penrod spent his first two years playing collegiately for Corban University. He started 59 games and finished with a .273 batting average, 2 homeruns, 14 doubles, and 17 stolen bases. On the mound for Corban, he appeared in nine games and finished with a 2.03 ERA.
“When I went on my visit to Corban, I just really felt at home,” Penrod said. “I really enjoyed the Christian small school aspect. On the baseball side of things, I made a lot of really great relationships with the team. We really bonded my freshman year.”
Penrod transferred to Northwest Nazarene University this past fall, which is just a short drive from his hometown of Nampa. He said he was drawn to play for the Nighthawks because of head coach Rocke Musgraves’ approach to the game of baseball.
“I really enjoyed the outlook [Musgraves] has on the game,” Penrod said. “I felt like it was something I could really get involved in. I’m also looking forward to playing a little closer to home, so my family could come see me more often.”
All three talented upperclassmen made a note to mention their excitement to get the chance to play in front of the tremendous Sweets fan base at Borleske Stadium and that they look forward to winning a lot of games this summer.
“Playing there last year and seeing the whole atmosphere really turned me on to the team and how they went about things,” Polon said. “I saw how great the fans are, and it’s a very talented team, they always get a really good group of guys together every summer.”
“I’m looking forward to meeting great players from all across the country because you just don’t know who you’re going to meet and end up being really close friends with,” Quolas said.
“I’m excited to play in a place that I’ve never been before,” Penrod said. “I also understand there’s quite a big crowd turnout. I love to play in front of people, it’s just something I really enjoy doing so I’m excited for the chance to do it with the Sweets.”Read Less
Walla Walla, Wash. – With the 2018 season just a few short months away, the Sweets are once again searching for families interested in hosting players for the summer. Host families are one of the most significant pieces of community involvement with the Sweets, and the club wants your family to join the team.
“As we approach nine years of #SweetsCountry, I look back on the relationships built and maintained through our host family program – it is truly special and unique to the West Coast League in the caliber of the families and experiences players receive,” said team president Zachary Fraser. “I invite you and your family to become part of one of the best, most community-centered groups in the Walla Walla Valley and host a Sweets player this season.”
Rosanna Morgan has been a host for the Walla Walla Sweets since the team’s first season back in 2010. She decided to become a host because she wanted to “grow” her family and said that the experience has been far more rewarding than she could have ever expected.
“We really did grow our family, but so much more than we ever could have expected,” Morgan said. “Regardless of the years that pass, we keep in contact to share what’s going on in the family. We have seen the players move on and begin their careers, and one has even gotten married. Our family has truly grown all by simply hosting a Sweets player for the summer.”
In addition to being invited to a private host family and player barbeque at the end of the season, host families will also be recognized on-field for their contributions to the Sweets organization and their individual players. Each member of the host family household will receive a General Admission season ticket and 20% off all merchandise and apparel in the Sweets Shoppe throughout the 2018 season.
For more information, including learning what the host family expectations are and the additional benefits and commitments that come with being a host family, please visit the Host Family page on our website at https://wallawallasweets.com/host-families/?kmas=307.Read Less
Two University of Utah players set to join the Sweets this summer.
Two University of Utah players set to join the Sweets this summer.
Walla Walla, Wash. – After a brief hiatus, there will once again be Utes donning Walla Walla uniforms in the 2018 season. The freshman pair of Justin Kelly (RHP) and Matt Richardson (SS) will be the first University of Utah players to join the Sweets since 2013, when future draft pick Bret Helton was an All-Star pitcher for the Sweets’ division-winning club.
“The way I looked at it was that Walla Walla looked like a great place,” Kelly said. “I’ve actually driven through the city a few times and it seemed like an awesome town.”
“I just feel it’s a great opportunity to continue to play over the summer, especially being able to compete with other talented players,” Richardson said. “And it’s a town I’ve never been to, so it’s just a great opportunity.”
Kelly grew up in West Jordan, Utah and went to Copper Hills High School where he had an outstanding high school career being named All-Region three consecutive seasons. He finished his senior year with a 1.67 ERA and 42 strikeouts over 37 2/3 innings and was named to the Utah 5A All-Star Team, as well as honorable mention All-State.
Kelly was initially committed to play baseball at the junior college level before being recruited by and ultimately committing to the University of Utah. He grew up a fan of the Utes, but he also said he chose Utah because it offered him the opportunity to play at the Division I level.
“The goal, honestly, is to play at the highest level that you can,” Kelly said. “So the way I looked at it was why put off playing two years at a JUCO, when I could play at the highest level that I possibly can right away.”
While in high school, Kelly played shortstop along with pitching, but he was recruited to the Utes as a pitcher. He said that he’s already having a great time with the Utah’s baseball program and that he loves being able to branch out and meet as many new people as he can in Salt Lake City.
“It’s been awesome being able to go to that big of a school and making connections all over the place,” Kelly said. “The baseball has been great and I’m looking forward to the long season ahead because it’s going to be awesome.”
Justin Kelly (RHP)
Matt Richardson (SS)
Richardson said he chose to attend the University of Utah because he will have the opportunity to come in and start right away at shortstop for the Utes and because he’ll be playing with and against some of the best players in the country while competing in the Pac-12. He will also have the chance to reunite with his former high school teammate, Dashawn Keirsey Jr., who Richardson also said played a big factor in him choosing to play in Salt Lake City.
“It has been nothing but positive and great experiences,” Richardson said of his early time spent at Utah. “It was definitely hard at first coming into a new city, new state, and not being familiar with Salt Lake City, but the guys made it an easier transition and the coaches, too, and now everything’s flowing really well.”
Richardson said that his parents are a huge part of his life and that they are what motivates him to be great. His
father, Marty, was his baseball coach growing up and his mother, Lisa, has always been his biggest supporter.
“My dad was really the first person that taught me how to play the game that I love,” Richardson said, “and my mom, she’s my number one fan. There’s nobody in my life that supports me more than my mom. I’ve always been really close with my parents because they know what’s best for me and they know what I have to do [to play baseball at the next level].”
The talented freshmen from the Utes both said they look forward to meeting their new Sweets teammates and improving their game by playing against the high caliber competition in the WCL.
“The biggest thing for me to do this summer is just be able to grow more as a person and branch out and meet even more people,” Kelly said. “I haven’t spent this amount of time being out of state and being away from everybody, so that’s the biggest thing I’m looking forward to – being able to get out and meet new people.”
“I am going to be playing in front of some really cool fans,” Richardson said. “I looked into Walla Walla and the fan base behind the team and it looks awesome.”
Sweets head coach Frank Mutz said that both players are extremely versatile and will be key players for the team this season.
“Having a durable pitcher like Justin gives us an arm we can fit in either the rotation or the back end of the bullpen,” Mutz said. “He has the ability to throw in any situation which will be really valuable for our pitching staff. Matt can play both middle infield positions and is very capable offensively. We focus on recruiting speed, and he will fit right in with our aggressive style of baserunning.”Read Less
Sweets add three members of the Wolf Pack for 2018
Walla Walla, Wash. – There may be some howling at the moon on the diamond for the Sweets this season as the team has added three talented players from the University of Nevada, Reno Wolf Pack. Sophomore Ty Hueckman (RHP), freshman Josh Prizina (C, 1B, OF), and freshman Tanner Cunha (LHP) will suit up for Walla Walla this upcoming season.
A native of Burns, Oregon, Hueckman was a three-sport athlete at Burns High School playing baseball, basketball and football. He spent his first year of collegiate action playing for Treasure Valley Community College and had an impressive season. He finished with a record of 5-1 and a 2.42 ERA with 31 strikeouts in 67 innings pitched.
“It was awesome [playing for Treasure Valley], having grown up always watching the Chukars play,” Hueckman said. “It was a dream come true getting to put on a college uniform and throw.”
Hueckman transferred to UNR in the fall of 2017 and said it was a huge transition moving to a larger school but that he’s much more comfortable now. He loves the community of Reno and the baseball team. He said that being familiar with Walla Walla growing up, he’s excited for the opportunity to play for the Sweets this season.
“I love Walla Walla,” Hueckman said. “I go through there a ton and spent a lot of time there, so I feel like I can go in there and be comfortable and still be close enough to home to have friends and family come to games. So, it seemed like a good spot for me.”
“I’ve always known about the Sweets because they’re pretty close to home, so that was definitely a team that stuck out for me,” Hueckman said. “There’s a bunch of Nevada players that have played [with the Sweets] that told me about it and it sounded like a ton of fun and they all loved it.”
Tanner Cunha (LHP)
Josh Prizina (C, 1B, OF)
Prizina followed in the footsteps of his mother, Chris, and his uncle, Jim Puzey, who both attended the University of Nevada, Reno and played softball and baseball respectively. He said getting the chance to play for the Wolf Pack was an opportunity he could not pass up.
“Growing up in the community, I knew the environment and I knew this was a town that couldn’t be beat,” Prizina said. “So to get a scholarship was a dream come true. I took it the second he offered, and it was just a dream come true.”
Prizina became familiar with the Sweets because his good friend from high school, Ryan Anderson, played for the team in the summer of 2016. It was because of Anderson’s high praise for the team that Prizina was persuaded to become a part of the Sweets.
“[Anderson] said it was the time of his life, and he said if there’s anywhere you can go, try to get to the Sweets because they’re a really good program, the community rocks, and he loved his host family as well,” Prizina said. “I thought that was something I could potentially see myself doing, so once my coach brought it up that I was going to Walla Walla, I was super excited.”
Cunha is a native of Sacramento, California and had an outstanding high school career at Christian Brothers High School. The left-handed hurler threw a 6-inning perfect game against a rival school his senior year and earned several accolades including 1st Team All-City, 1st Team All-NorCal, and Medium Schools 1st Team All-State. He also helped propel Christian Brothers to their first ever section title for baseball, throwing a complete game and striking out six in the championship.
Cunha is currently attending Sacramento City College, but will transfer to UNR in the fall. He said that junior college was always a possibility coming out of high school because he had been underestimated due to his small size on the mound and not having the velocity you might expect out of an ace. But Cunha’s ability to command the zone and throw strikes caught the eye of the Wolf Pack coaches late into the summer of 2017, and he will now can prove himself at the Division I level.
“I decided to join the Sweets to have the collegiate competition over the summer,” Cunha said. “It will help get me prepared for UNR with Division I athletes and studs on the field at all times.”
With his first collegiate season approaching, Cunha said he feels that his experience with Sacramento City will benefit him both mentally and physically because of how the baseball program works to develop its players.
“They help you to realize it’s more than a game of baseball,” Cunha said. “They help you with life and how to deal with the bad stuff that happens both on the mound and in life, so being here so far has shown me a lot about my character as a baseball player and my character off the field.”
Cunha will join a strong staff of pitchers for the Sweets in 2018 and he said he’s excited for the opportunity to meet and gel with his new teammates.
“I’m looking forward to developing the team camaraderie, going as far as we can in the playoffs and hopefully winning it all,” Cunha said.
Sweets management is anxious to continue to grow the relationship with the Wolf Pack.
“Coach (T.J.) Bruce and his staff at UNR continue to be a great partner in securing players that make a strong addition to our club,” said Sweets president Zachary Fraser. “We look forward to Ty, Josh and Tanner being key components of a run to a championship this season.”Read Less
Josh Kutzke and Mitch Lesmeister set to don the Sweets uniform in 2018
Kutzke and Lesmeister set to don the Sweets uniform in 2018
Walla Walla, Wash. – From fans in the stands to playing on the field, two notable local athletes will be in action for the Sweets this coming season. Junior Josh Kutzke (IF/South Dakota State University) and freshman Mitchell (Mitch) Lesmeister (Util/Central Washington University) will be playing right in the backyard of their hometowns this summer for Walla Walla.
“Growing up going to their games and watching them play, I’ve always aspired to eventually play for the Sweets,” Lesmeister said. “I finally got the opportunity this summer, so of course I took it, and I’m super stoked about it.”
“I joined the team because I want to better myself as a player,” Kutzke said. “And the experience [of getting to play for Walla Walla], not many people get a chance to do something like this.”
Both players have been staples of the Walla Walla athletic community over the last several years.
A native of College Place, WA, Lesmeister played baseball, football, and basketball at Walla Walla High School. Fans of Blue Devil athletics have probably grown familiar with his name over the last few years. Lesmeister racked up a laundry list of accolades in all three sports. In football, he was MCC All-Conference honorable mention back-to-back years (QB 2016, 2017). In basketball, he was MCC All-Conference honorable mention and Defensive Player of the Year (2016) and second team (2017). In baseball, he was MCC All-Conference first team consecutive seasons (2016, 2017) and the 2017 MCC Player of the Year. Perhaps his most notable athletic accomplishment is that he broke Drew Bledsoe’s career yardage record at Wa-Hi by nearly 1000 yards, finishing his career with 5,045 total yards. Lesmeister chose to pursue baseball because he felt it gave him the best chance at a long playing career.
Mitch Lesmeister (Utility)
Josh Kutzke (1B, 3B)
Kutzke, a Kennewick, WA native, played his first two seasons of collegiate baseball at Walla Walla Community College before transferring to South Dakota State University this past fall. He said the coaches at WWCC were outstanding and that he has fond memories of playing for the Warriors.
“I loved it there,” Kutzke said. “If CC was a four-year school, I would have stayed there, definitely. It’s a place I’ll never forget and will always be close to me.”
Kutzke posted some outstanding offensive numbers while playing for WWCC. He finished his two-year stint with a .279 batting average, six homeruns, 27 doubles, 60 walks, and 57 RBI. What really set him apart was his ability to get on base. He also led his team in nearly every offensive category his sophomore year in 2017.
With both players growing up in #SweetsCountry, they had the chance to go to several Sweets games since the team’s inception in 2010. Kutzke and Lesmeister said they are looking forward to playing in front of the great Walla Walla fans and having the opportunity to play in the historic Borleske Stadium.
“Borleske is a one-of-a-kind experience, and you’re not going to see another baseball stadium like it,” said Lesmeister. “Then of course there’s the Walla Walla fans. They love the Sweets, and I’m really excited to be a part of that atmosphere this summer.”
“To me, it’s how the fans support the team so well and show up to all the games,” said Kutzke when being asked what makes the atmosphere at Borleske so special. “All the people of Walla Walla show love to the team, and that’s what I like most, the support from the community.”Read Less
The Sweets have announced their new play-by-play broadcaster and media relations manager for the 2018 season.
The Sweets have announced their new play-by-play broadcaster and media relations manager for the 2018 season.
Brandon Pavlina will take the helm of both positions as he was introduced today via Facebook Live on the Sweets page at the American Baseball Coaches Association Convention in Indianapolis.
“This is an amazing opportunity, and I can’t wait to become a part of #SweetsCountry and the Walla Walla community,” Pavlina said. “I am really looking forward to engaging with the fan base leading up to the season and putting together the most fun and insightful broadcast the Sweets have ever had.”
The 24-year-old is from Dyer, Indiana, located in the Northwest tip of the state just 45 minutes from downtown Chicago. He graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in the spring of 2017 with a degree in sports communication and a minor in telecommunications.
“He comes from a strong program, and we look to add him to the list of broadcasters who have started their careers in the Borleske Stadium Press Box,” said Sweets president Zachary Fraser.
Pavlina has spent a great deal of his life involved with the game of baseball. He was a four-year letter winner in baseball while attending Andrean High School in Merrillville, Indiana and won two 3A state championships during his tenure.
After his playing career concluded, Pavlina knew he still wanted to be involved with the game he loved. He joined the Big Ten Student U program at Indiana University and had the opportunity to broadcast several different IU athletics and a great deal of baseball games.
Pavlina has also remained involved with the game but on the officiating side of the diamond. During the summers that he spent home in Northwest Indiana, he has umpired several hundred travel ball games at all ages, ranging from Little League all the way up through high school.
“Umpiring has offered me an incredibly unique perspective on the game that I honestly wish I had while I was still playing,” Pavlina said. “When you are a young and naïve ball player, you may argue and disagree with calls, but when the shoe is on the other foot and you are the one making the calls, you understand that the umpires are trying their very best and how difficult the job truly is.”
Pavlina spent the summer of 2016 interning with ESPN 1070 The Fan in Indianapolis. He worked alongside The Dan Dakich Show and The Ride with JMV assisting the producers with their daily functions.
He currently works for the Regional Radio Sports Network, based out of Mishawaka, Indiana, broadcasting high school and college athletics all across Indiana. To this point with RRSN he has called football, soccer, basketball and volleyball games with the expectation to add baseball and softball in the spring.
He will continue the long history of quality broadcasters to call games on the local ESPN affiliate, ESPN Walla Walla (1490 AM/99.7 FM), with the first broadcast of the season scheduled to originate on the road from Yakima County Stadium, as the Sweets open the 2018 season on the road vs. the Pippins.Read Less
Walla Walla, WA – A ray of sunshine and warmth as the cold and dreary winter weather settles in…that is what the release of the 2018 Walla Walla Sweets schedule represents. After another thrilling World Series, and the baseball world ready to work the off-season, the Sweets are excited to continue preparations for what will be the team’s ninth campaign at historic Borleske Stadium.
“After some record-breaking games in 2017, we are excited to welcome our fans and community to the stadium this coming season,” said Sweets general manager Dan Ferguson. “Is there a better place to spend a perfect Walla Walla summer night? We don’t think so.”
This season’s schedule has significant notes of importance:
The Sweets have moved from the WCL North division to the WCL South division, having flip-flopped with the Yakima Valley Pippins. The Sweets will now welcome Bend, Corvallis, Cowlitz and newly added Portland as division foes. The WCL will maintain a split-season format to determine who qualifies for the playoffs.
For the first time in club history, the team will open with a 6-game road trip – visiting Yakima Valley (also owned and operated by Pacific Baseball Ventures) and Bellingham before returning back to the Walla Walla Valley.
As previously announced, the Sweets will move regular start times for the 2018 season. The team will still have gates opening at 6 P.M., but first pitch will move to 6:35 PM, instead of the 7:05 P.M. that has been in place since the 2010 season. Sunday games will move to a 4:35 P.M. start instead of a 5:05 P.M. start. Special times for select games will be determined and publicized with the release of the promotional schedule.
The Sweets will play 32 regular-season games and 27 regular-season road games.
The WCL Opening Day will be Friday, June 1st. Opening Day at historic Borleske Stadium will fall on Friday, June 8th, as the Sweets will welcome the Corvallis Knights. The Sweets swept the Knights in their visit to Borleske in 2017, outscoring the eventual WCL champion 16-6. Other key notes on the schedule include:
Six weekend series – the entire Walla Walla community is planning to head to the ballpark on Friday after work, as the Sweets have six Friday-Saturday-Sunday match-ups.
The Relish Series – the Sweets will welcome the Pickles in what has to be the first-ever sports contest between onions and cucumbers.
Home for Fathers Day – an afternoon at the ballpark is on the docket for Fathers Day 2018 as the Sweets will host the Bend Elks
Ferguson and team president Zachary Fraser are busy with staff building and finalizing the details of the promotional schedule, with plans to release that after the New Year. From fireworks, to Bobbleheads, to an Alternative Facts Night, it will be another fun and family-friendly gathering over the course of the season.
Of course, the primary goal is a return to the playoffs and playing for a WCL Championship.
“Frank, Kyle and Raul have extended their efforts to see more of our incoming players in person this fall,” said Fraser. “We are also really excited about the returning players – all are significant contributors who are excited to come back to our community.
“This is a year where the playoffs are expected.”
Opening Day Tickets to go on sale Friday, December 1: Opening Day continues to be one of Walla Walla’s grandest celebrations. Last season, a record crowd saw the Sweets shut out the Wenatchee AppleSox. Tickets for the 2018 Opening Day will be on sale starting December 1, with a goal to get the building full before the calendar turns the page to January 2018.
“We’re about 35% of the way there,” said Ferguson, noting that the goal is to top the 2,196 that came through the gate in ’17. “I see no reason why #SweetsCountry can’t beat that number – even if it is by 1 additional person.”
Remaining single-game tickets will be on sale Monday, April 2, 2018. Season, mini-plan and group tickets are now on sale and moving swiftly.Read Less
Job Opening: Radio Play-by-Play/Communications Coordinator
Walla Walla (WA) Sweets/West Coast League
Start Date: January 1, 2018 (in-market May 1, 2018)
The Walla Walla Sweets, the West Coast League’s premier baseball and fan-experience franchise, seek a talented, driven, and team-oriented broadcaster to become the team’s play-by-play voice on the Walla Walla Sweets Radio Network. If you love baseball, have a talent for painting pictures on the air, and like the idea of working with a Front Office that is focused on quality customer service and winning championships—then you would be a great fit as the next voice of the Sweets.
The Walla Walla Sweets broadcast all regular-season and playoff games live on-air, over the internet, and via mobile device. ESPN Walla Walla is our network partner, simulcast on 1490 AM and 100.1 FM, reaching over 50,000 local listeners in the Walla Walla Valley and into southeastern Oregon. We produce a broadcast on par with minor-league-standard broadcast facilities, in concert with a wonderful team of professionals from ESPN Walla Walla. Our new play-by-play voice is expected to take the broadcast helm at a minimum of 59 games in 2018—not including playoffs. As team broadcaster, you will travel with the team throughout the beautiful Pacific Northwest—experiencing a professional and creative environment that is unmatched at the summer collegiate level. You will welcome guests and color commentators into the booth, and seamlessly weave their dialog into action on the field. Our goal is to have you recognized as the top voice talent in the WCL – and there are many great ones.
The Sweets have a long history of deploying the most sophisticated broadcast and integrated communications platform in the WCL—and we expect that tradition to continue. We will be adding a live-stream video component for the 2018 season, so a broadcaster well-versed in multi-media editing and presentation is a must.
In addition to play-by-play responsibilities, this position comes with the title of Media Relations & Communications Coordinator—working side-by-side with the general manager and team president to develop pre-season/in-season/post-season content for print, digital, and video platforms. This position also works closely with Front Office personnel to enhance the team’s social media experience, by regularly contributing on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest and others. As the in-season media relations contact—you will be responsible for press release creation/distribution, and the fielding of all inquiries from local newspapers, and television/radio stations.
Walla Walla is a wonderful community that has enthusiastically supported the Sweets (in record numbers), ever since our inaugural season in 2010. Having drawn 335,000+ fans in-stadium since 2010, we are seeking a broadcaster whose personality can mirror the enthusiasm of fans every single night of the season. Are you that person? Then keep reading and apply below!
NOTE: You must have (or be able to obtain by April 15, 2018) a valid U.S. Passport for international travel.
Applicants must provide the following in addition to their resume to be considered:
At least (3) play-by-play audio samples, with a strong preference given to baseball calls
(3) writing samples, with one in each of the following formats:
AP Format (press release)
(1) example of design work in Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, etc) – please note in your application if you do not have an applicable example
Example of video editing / creation
Any other multi-media samples that will help distinguish you from other applicants
Proof of valid passport (or the ability to get one, such as a valid driver’s license and social security card)
At least (2) years of radio play-by-play experience at the collegiate or pro level is required, with experience in baseball given high priority
Have a current and working knowledge of broadcast equipment, both analog and digital – you are your own IT guy on the road
Possess a strong multi-platform writing ability – AP format, article format, blog and conversational format, etc
Have experience with video and audio editing software
Show an understanding of and proficiency in using social media applications, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest and others
Exhibit experience with content management systems, such as websites, back-door statistical sites, mobile application management, etc
Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs and preference to candidates with experience working with Adobe Creative Suite
Display the ability to multi-task
Must work comfortably with abnormal hours, including travel with the team
Must maintain a professional presentation – you are an ambassador of the team in the community and on the road!
This position requires a team player, familiar and comfortable with the game of baseball, and capable of pitching in when the need arises, even if it isn’t a media or radio need
Display the ability to work closely with players and coaches, maintaining a professional manner within those relationships
Projects begin as soon as hired – Targeting a January 1, 2018 start date (with work done remotely)
Must be available to be in market no later than May 1, 2018
Must be able to stay in market through the end of the season (no earlier than August 25, 2018
Lead PXP voice over a full summer season – great resume builder
Host Family will be provided
Compensation based on experience – this is a PAID position
Hotel and per diem expenses are provided while traveling with the team
Ready to apply? Please do the following:
Email your cover letter, resume and portfolio pieces to our general manager – email@example.com.
IMPORTANT: Click on this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SweetsBroadcast18 to fill out an application.
Harvard star Jake Suddleson set to return to Borleske for 2018 Season
Walla Walla, WA – When an offensive player slugs at a clip of .523 and is responsible for creating nearly a run a game, a team does all that it can to make sure he will return to the lineup. The Sweets have been able to do just that in the process of building the roster for the 2018 season. Outfielder Jake Suddleson, a sophomore with the Harvard Crimson, will return to Walla Walla for the upcoming campaign.
“I’m ecstatic to be back in Walla Walla and have the opportunity to bring a WCL championship to such a great city,” said Suddleson. “They have welcomed me with open arms.”
Suddleson was one of the top producing bats in the Sweets lineup, while manning right field and spending time as a DH. He hit .295, led the team in homeruns (6) and RBI (39), and his OPS (.888) was third-best in the lineup. He was named an All-Star for the North and finished the year with All-WCL Honorable Mention honors. His offensive production is more impressive when considering he missed nearly 2 weeks of games early in the season while in concussion protocol.
“I am so pleased to have Jake back with our club this summer,” said Sweets manager Frank Mutz. “He is a tremendous player and person. He has power to all fields, works tirelessly on his game, and brings leadership to our clubhouse.
“We are very fortunate to have a quality bat in the middle of our lineup, particularly a returning All-Star.”
The Sweets new general manager, Dan Ferguson, has made bringing returning contributors back a priority when the opportunity exists.
“Returning players have been a significant contributor to our success over the years,” said Ferguson. “Jake made a connection with the Walla Walla community. To match that connection with a player that produces the way Jake did – knowing he will only be better with another year of college baseball under his belt – is exciting for our fans.”
The 2018 season will open with the Sweets on the road, taking on the Yakima Valley Pippins (both teams are owned and operated by Pacific Baseball Ventures). The home opener at Borleske Stadium is slated for June 8, 2018 vs. the Corvallis Knights. In earlier announcements, it was noted that the Sweets have flipped spots with the Pippins and now play in the WCL South Division (after 8 seasons in either the North or the East Division).Read Less
Johnston becomes latest 3-Year Sweet, Riddle returns to the mound
Walla Walla, WA – A league leader in getting on base and one of the best two-way players in the West Coast League, along with a powerful left-handed pitcher with plenty to prove, will be returning to the home-side dugout for the 2018 season. OF/RHP Ryan Johnston, a redshirt sophomore for the UC-Irvine Anteaters, and LHP Dylan Riddle, another redshirt sophomore for the ‘Eaters, will both be returning to Walla Walla for the 2018 WCL campaign.
“RJ continues to be a quiet leader in the clubhouse, on the road, and in our community,” said Sweets president Zachary Fraser. “In addition to be a great baseball player, he provides a great example to our young fans.
“I’m excited that he is becoming one of the few players in Sweets history to be invited back for a third full season.”
In addition to the intangibles that he brings to the table, Johnston was one of the most effective two-way players on the circuit. He finished third in the league with a .467 on-base percentage, often in the leadoff spot for the Sweets. His ability to get on base, by hook or by crook, is something that Frank Mutz and his staff are looking forward to putting to good use once again. When he wasn’t patiently pacing the offense, he was a deceptively effective relief pitcher. In 17.1 innings pitched, primarily in short relief, he struck out 15 while walking only 2. His versatility and his experience have the Sweets anxious to have him back in the lineup.
“I am very excited to have another opportunity to be back in Walla Walla,” said Johnston. “I love the atmosphere Walla Walla brings and the amazing family I’ve created with my time (in the community).
“I look forward to getting out there with a new group of guys and hopefully bring the team a championship.”
This will be Riddle’s third season in the WCL, second in Walla Walla after spending the 2016 campaign with the Wenatchee AppleSox. He featured electric stuff last season despite results that were decidedly mixed. Early in the season, he was dominant, and was among the league leaders in key statistical categories. He faced a slump in the middle part of the year, as he was part of a pitching staff that battled a record number of injuries. Sweets coaches are confident in Riddle’s ability to both start and offer relief in the bullpen, given what pitching coach Raul Camacho saw over the course of the season.
“Just the competitiveness,” said Camacho when asked what stood out for him about Riddle over the course of the season. “He’s a student of the game and wants to do the work to get better. There wasn’t a time when he was ‘unavailable’ to pitch…
“He carried our staff early in the summer, even coming back from an injury. I think he just hit a wall as the innings built up, and with another year removed from the injury, I think we will see more of the Dylan we saw early – and that is pretty special.”
Camacho went on to note that the toughness of both players in indicative of the Anteater program, believing that both are important pieces in the singular effort to bring a WCL to Walla Walla. For his part, Riddle is looking forward to returning to a great community that embraced him and made him feel at home.
“It’s a blessing to be playing in such a great community with an amazing fan base,” said Riddle. “I look forward to getting back out at Borleske and helping bring Walla Walla a West Coast League title.”Read Less
A pair of key returning players plus a dynamic LHP signed for 2018 campaign
Walla Walla, WA – Cougars will be on the prowl again this coming season – which is good news for both WSU and Sweets baseball fans. Sophomore Danny Sinatro (OF/Washington State), junior Kevin Calderhead (RHP/Washington State), and freshman Bryce Moyle (LHP/Washington State) will make the short trip from Pullman through the Palouse to help lead Walla Walla to the WCL playoffs.
Sinatro paired with fellow WSU outfielder J.J. Hancock to create a dynamic 1-2 punch at the top of the lineup during the 2017 season. Hitting .297 and with a robust on-base percentage of .408, Sinatro’s combination of speed and a keen eye at the plate allowed him to serve as a catalyst for sluggers like Hancock, returning OF Jake Suddleson and All-Star Nick Nyquist. Originally signed as an infielder last season, he was converted to an outfielder for the WSU squad and proved that he was a plus defender.
“(Danny) Sinatro brings so much speed to the top of our lineup,” said Sweets manager Frank Mutz. “After another PAC-12 season under his belt, we believe Danny will be one of the top prospects in the West Coast League during the 2018 season.”
Sinatro, a Sammamish, WA native, is looking forward to returning home to Walla Walla.
“I’m truly thankful for another opportunity to play in front of such great fans and for a great organization,” he said, when asked what he looked forward to the most about coming back to Borleske. “I can’t wait to be a Sweet again this summer.”
A late addition to the roster due to academic requirements in Pullman, Calderhead was impressive in a limited role. With a fastball that sat 9194 MPH, and a devastating wipe-out slider, he kept hitters off-balance out of the bullpen. In 16.2 innings pitched during the 2017 season, he struck out 18 while walking 7, and opponents hit just .227 off of him. While it is likely that he will be used in a multitude of roles, Mutz anticipates that one of those roles could be as the Sweets closer.
“This season, we get him for the full year – I can see him developing into one of the top closers in the WCL,” said Mutz. “Knowing that we have a guy that we can run out of the bullpen with electric stuff is of great comfort to our coaching staff.”
The Redmond, WA native is a strong student as well. He was among six WSU student-athletes (including 2017 infielder Shane Matheny, who was drafted and signed by the San Francisco Giants while with the Sweets) named to the All PAC-12 honorable mention academic team.
“I’m excited to be back in front of the best fans in the WCL,” said Calderhead while home during the Christmas break.
Moyle, from Carson City, NV, is a freshman who the Cougar coaching staff is expecting will make an impact this coming season. Dan Spencer, the Cougars pitching coach, was quoted in a Nevada Appeal article highlighting Moyle’s letter of intent signing, that Moyle is a strike thrower who can deliver to both sides of the plate.
“We believe that Moyle will add depth and important match-up problems for left-handed hitters,” said Sweets general manager Dan Ferguson, a WSU alumnus. “We’re excited to welcome him to Walla Walla.”
Moyle has already heard about the experience players have in the Walla Walla Valley, and can’t wait to make his way to the market.
“I feel blessed to start my WCL career with the best market in the league,” said Moyle.Read Less
The Walla Walla Sweets offer summer internship opportunities for 2018
The thrill of working in an industry where success is measured by smiles, trophies and championship rings begins with enriching and hands-on internships – and pulling the tarp.
The Walla Walla Sweets, in an effort to create real-world experience not only for players but for talented management students as well, have posted three exciting internship opportunities for the 2018 season. Students seeking experience in sports management, facilities management, sales and marketing, and baseball operations are invited to apply, with positions involving Operations, Sales and Marketing, and Baseball Operations. You can see the job descriptions by clicking here
“I was lucky to be able to start my career in baseball and sports management because of an internship,” said Sweets President Zachary Fraser. “That internship created relationships that are still important in my life today, and opened doors for new relationships and experiences that have allowed me to enjoy sports as a profession. I want others who are like-minded to have that opportunity.”
In addition to operating in a timeframe that matches well with school schedules, the Sweets franchise has strong professional relationships with many professional sports teams, management firms and companies tied to the sports world.
“Internships are valuable because of the real-world experience,” said Fraser. “But they are almost more important because of the ability it provides the students to build relationships and to start creating a network within the industry – a great intern can become a fantastic coordinator or manager with the right opportunities, opportunities that are found through meaningful internships.”
Fraser stresses that these internships aren’t just “making copies and fetching coffee”. Interns will leave with intimate understanding of how the business of baseball is conducted, and while the numbers at the major league level may be bigger, the operating metrics are no different. Interns with the Sweets will have had day-to-day management opportunities that would not exist with a major league club.
The best part? When the Sweets are champions, the ability to look back and say “I was there when…”. It is a rarity in one’s career to be a part of something successful from its inception, and internships provide that opportunity. Plus, you get to spend your summer at the ballpark and in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest – it will be a truly memorable experience.
To apply please email a resume and cover letter to General Manager Dan Ferguson at firstname.lastname@example.org.Read Less
Opening Day at Borleske Stadium has become a Walla Walla tradition. Sunshine, blue skies, cold drinks, face-painting, giveaways – it is the official start to summer in the Valley. Sold out each year, the team will look to make it (3) Opening Day wins in a row in 2018 when welcoming the defending WCL champion (and now division opponent) Corvallis Knights. The front office is hard at work building the rest of the promotion around the evening, but you can be certain of one thing: it will be the place to be on June 8th.
Through 12/31/17, when buying online (not available in the office), you can purchase reserved seat tickets to our 9th home opener at Borleske for just $7. Click on this link and let’s make sure we remind the Knights who has set (and maintained) the standard as the WCL’s best fans…
The Sweets have named a new general manager, promoting assistant general manager Dan Ferguson to the post for the 2018 season.
Walla Walla, WA – The Sweets have named a new general manager, promoting assistant general manager Dan Ferguson to the post for the 2018 season. Team president Zachary Fraser, who had returned to the GM role for the 2017 season, is continuing on in his role as president of the Sweets and the Yakima Valley Pippins. Both WCL clubs share the same ownership.
“Since Dan has joined the Sweets front office, ticket sales have increased by nearly 40%,” said Fraser. “That kind of performance is significant. He has been instrumental in improving the day-to-day operations of the team, and allowing me to continue to build the brand and the fan allegiance in the Walla Walla Valley.
“I’m thrilled for him to take this next step with our team.”
Ferguson, a WSU graduate and native of Seattle, joined the Sweets after serving as the Director of Ticket Sales for the Richmond (VA) Kickers of the USL. He has more than a decade of sports management experience, including stops in Seattle, Sacramento, Washington D.C., and St. Paul, MN. He will continue to oversee ticket sales and operations and now assume the day-to-day operational charge of the Sweets front office. Ferguson will work with Fraser and manager Frank Mutz in construction and oversight of the roster for the 2018 season. He will be the third general manager in team history, following Fraser (2010-2013,’17) and Katie Biagi (2014-16).
“I’m excited to continue and grow my role in the Walla Walla Valley,” said Ferguson. “Since arriving in 2015, I’ve been warmly welcomed by the team and the fans in #SweetsCountry, and I’ve made Walla Walla my home.
“We’re already deep into work and preparations for the 2018 season, and expect our ninth campaign to be the best we’ve ever had.”
2018 will represent the Sweets ninth season at Borleske Stadium – the longest run of a professionally-operated team under one ownership group in the history of the community.
NEW START TIMES FOR 2018: As the general manager, one of Ferguson’s first orders of business is the changing of standard game times for the 2018 season. The team will still have gates opening at 6 P.M., but first pitch will move to 6:35 PM, instead of the 7:05 P.M. that has been in place since the 2010 season. Sunday games will move to a 4:35 P.M. start instead of a 5:05 P.M. start. Special times for select games will be determined and publicized with the release of the 2018 schedule.
“After receiving feedback from our community roundtable, our core fan base and seeing the results of our post-season survey, these changes to start times reflect what is the overwhelming majority of responses,” said Ferguson.
“That 30 minutes means that families with children can make it longer into the game without a meltdown, that people who have to work early the next day don’t have to miss our exciting comebacks in the later innings, and it will make it easier on our players and staff to not be at the ballpark so late into the evening.”
It is anticipated that the West Coast League 2018 schedule will be released later this week. The Sweets will be preparing the promotional schedule and release for later this off-season.
Join Pacific Baseball Ventures as we head down for our 4th trip to the desert as we check out the early editions of Mariners baseball 2018.
Do you remember last winter? Do you remember the old and ice? Do you know where there isn’t cold and ice in February and March? Arizona. Spring Training. It is 80+ degrees with sun, blue skies and the windows down. It’s really close to being perfect.
Join Pacific Baseball Ventures as we head down for our 4th trip to the desert as we check out the early editions of Mariners baseball 2018. The details on the trip are as follows:
1. Round-Trip Airfare from Pasco, WA to Phoenix, AZ
2. Ground Transportation from Airport to hotel and hotel to ballparks
3. (2) MLB Spring Training games – (1) in Peoria (Mariners camp) and (1) on the road (TBD)
4. Hotel Accommodations in Peoria (mere blocks from the Stadium)
5. A special “behind the scenes” visit with the Mariners that you cannot buy…
The Price: $995/per person (assuming double occupancy). The price is $1,295/per person for single occupancy. Special pricing available for parties traveling with 4 or more people.
The deadline: By December 22, 2017. Prices increase for parties scheduling from December 23 – December 31 (if space is still available).
We have options for different travel parties this season, as well as the opportunity to extend the trip for an entire week (additional charges apply). Please let our travel partner know if that is of interest.
To reserve your space (this fills up REALLY FAST) – contact Paul with World Wide Travel – 509-525-8040 or email him at email@example.com.
We can’t wait to escape the cold and snow with you and start the 2018 season off right!
The Walla Walla Sweets continue to be a destination for top draft prospects. That reputation has been solidified with Chris Lincoln (RHP, UC-Santa Barbara) being named the top prospect in the West Coast League (WCL) by Baseball America. The announcement was made Monday, August 28 by the WCL office. RHP Darius Vines (Yavapai CC) was also listed as a top prospect (#8).
Blessed with mid-90s velocity and three strong pitches, Lincoln’s ceiling wasn’t necessarily reflected in his season statistics. He did strike out 36 in 33.1 IP. An opposing manager had this to say about Lincoln’s ability: “He was 91-93, touching 94,” said one league manager. “He has the kind of curveball that makes righthanded hitters jump out of the box and a changeup that made our lefties miss by 8-12 inches. I think the most impressive part is how easy it looked; very smooth.”
Sweets manager Frank Mutz was impressed with what he saw, and more importantly, how Lincoln developed over the course of the season.
“He was one of the most dominant pitchers in the WCL this summer,” said Mutz. “Like most young pitchers, once he learns to pitch consistently to both sides of the plate, he could pitch at the big league level.”
The sophomore at UC-Santa Barbara was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 13th round, opting instead to maintain his commitment to the Gauchos. Anticipate that his stock will rise as he continues to improve upon and apply what he learned in Walla Walla.
The lanky righty wasn’t the only pitcher on the Sweets staff to make the list; RHP Darius Vines (Yavapai CC) made the list as the #8 prospect. He made an impression on Sweets fans and manager Frank Mutz.
“Darius was one of the most underrated pitchers in the WCL,” said Mutz. “His goal was to develop his changeup to go with an outstanding curveball and slider, and he did that.
“For the first time in his baseball career, he only pitched. His velocity improved as the season progressed and his command of both sides of the plate turned him into a top prospect.”
Vines was a WCL All-Star, and was a 27th round pick of the Chicago Cubs in the 2017 MLB Draft.
“While we are still waiting for the first former Sweet to pop on an MLB roster – and we are really close – Lincoln and Vines add their name to a long list of bright prospects that our fans will have the opportunity to say ‘I saw him at Borleske!’,” said Sweets president Zachary Fraser. “We continue focused on winning a WCL Championship and bringing the best young players in the game to Walla Walla for our fans to see.”Read Less
We’re hiring! See below and join our team.
Job Opening – Walla Walla Sweets Baseball
Job Title: Front Office Coordinator – Walla Walla Sweets Baseball
Job Type: Hourly, part-time (20-24 hours/week)
Projected Start Date: Monday, 10/23/17
We love baseball and Walla Walla.
The Walla Walla Sweets Baseball Club has become an agent for positive change in the Valley and in the West Coast League since our inaugural season in 2010. Having drawn over 335,000 fans through eight seasons at Historic Borleske Stadium, the Sweets are Walla Walla’s team.
We are looking for a person to join our front office staff that seeks to make a great connection with our fans, with our community, and our partners – and help us be even better at having fun at the ballpark. With a centrally located office and Shoppe (5-10 minutes from anywhere in Walla Walla) in the heart of bustling downtown Walla Walla, you will be at the center of community activity and be an integral part in making 2018 our best season ever.
The details on the position:
Retail (Sweets Shoppe)
Manage retail inventory, including the online store – making sure that we are well-stocked with cool stuff and that our customers are happy with our merchandise lines!
Fulfillment of online orders
Assist customers that come into the Shoppe with daily merchandise and ticket orders
Execute day-end close procedures, including cash management
Assist the team GM and finance department with management of the ticketing database, including data entry of orders
Coordinate output of ticket products, including season ticket books, mini-plans, group tickets and other pre-season, pre-purchased product
Oversee office supplies and re-ordering when needed
Assist the team president and team GM with office administrative functions
Manage special projects as assigned by the team president
Other projects as assigned.
The skills needed:
Strong written and verbal communicator
Friendly and willing to create a great experience for fans at every touchpoint – even if it isn’t “their department”
Proficient with MS Office products, particularly MS Word, MS Excel, and Outlook
Ability to find ways to be productive even if it is slow – be a problem solver
A plus if you have it: bi-lingual (Spanish/English)
Starting at $11.75/hour – raise after the first 90 days based on performance
The Projected hours:
Targeting 20-24 hours per week in the afternoons (1:30 pm – 5:30 pm)
Saturdays in November/December (Shoppe is closed Saturdays Jan – Mar) and again starting in April (Saturday hours are 9:45 am – 2:15 pm)
Must be available to work Friday, 11/24/17 (the day after Thanksgiving)
Potential for additional hours as needed as we approach the start of the season
The projected start date: We’d like to be able to start this person on 10/23/17.
Additional: Season Tickets for immediate family to the Sweets regular season
Please apply here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Sweets2018
Following your application, please email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.Read Less
The Walla Walla Sweets have developed a strong reputation for creating opportunity both on and off the field
The Walla Walla Sweets have developed a strong reputation for creating opportunity both on and off the field. Having worked closely with the Lillie Rice Center over the past few seasons, the ball club has created opportunities for employment for members of the Walla Walla community that have developmental disabilities and have an incredible work ethic, skill set and passion for making Sweets games a fun community staple. That work was recognized with a nomination, received this week, from the Governor’s Office, as the team was nominated for the Governor’s Employer Award for the 2017 Small Private Employer of the Year.
“We are humbled and honored to receive this nomination,” said team president Zachary Fraser. “We’ve been lucky to have a strong genericos de cialis group of team members since we started in 2010, and the addition of our friends that have come from the Lillie Rice Center has only improved our fan experience.”
The relationship started following a Rotary presentation in 2015 by Jim Corey with WISE and Debbie Dumont, the Human Services Manager for the Walla Walla County, which focused on work opportunities for community members with developmental disabilities and the benefits to both employers and employees of such employment relationships. Fraser was in attendance, and floated the idea to his staff, who moved forward with a plan. The Lillie Rice Center was instrumental in assisting the Sweets to find the right candidates, and team members began working during the 2016 season.
The Lillie Rice Center is a non-profit corporation in the Walla Walla community dedicated to providing employment and support services to individuals with developmental disabilities while enhancing their quality of independence. In addition to their collaboration with the Sweets, the Center works with many businesses in the Walla Walla Valley in finding gainful employment. For more information on the center, please visit http://www.lilliericecenter.org/.
It is a program that Fraser would recommend to other employers in the Valley.
“In any small business, finding people that care about the success of the business on a personal level is a real plus. Our team members from the Lillie Rice Center are passionate, attentive to detail, and are fans of the team – which is a great combination for making sure that fans arriving are having a positive experience.
“They make our game-day business better and the same benefits can be realized by other employers in the Valley.”
The nomination will be celebrated at a ceremony in Redmond, WA on October 31 at 8:30 AM. Staff from the Sweets front office will be in attendance.Read Less
Sweets President Zachary Fraser to compete in fundraiser for VRS
You can’t really throw tomatoes, but you can certain come enjoy watching Sweets president Zachary Fraser try to impress the judges in Walla Walla’s own “Dancing with the W2 Stars” this Saturday night, October 7, at the Gesa Power House Theatre. The event is slated for 7 PM, with an after-party following the show.
The Sweets have (2) pair of VIP tickets – which include the after-party with drinks and appetizers and of course, dancing, with the stars themselves – for customers that make a $25 or more purchase at the Sweets Shoppe before Friday, October 6 by 3 PM at the downtown store.*
The competition is a fundraiser for Valley Residential Services. VRS is a community based non-profit organization offering supported living, transitional housing and family support opportunities in Walla Walla and Columbia Counties in Washington since 1982. With more than 200 employees (the vast majority of which are full-time), VRS is the 23rd largest employer in Walla Walla County.
Last year, Fraser was a judge in the inaugural event. This year, he has the pleasure of showing how un-athletic he has become as he approaches 40 years old. While he is a bit sore as the training continues, he has sharpened his trash-talking game, enjoying competitive barbs with friends Scott Peters of Columbia REA and Chris Coates of the Marcus Whitman Hotel.
“I can’t wait to see them lose.”
For those interested in purchasing tickets, please visit here: http://www.valleyresidential.org/donate-now/fundraising-events/dancing-with-the-w2-stars/
For those interested in donating to support Zachary in his fundraising effort, please visit here: https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E245455&id=8
*Purchase at the Sweets Shoppe of $25 or more required to enter. Tickets cannot be exchanged for any other prize or cash. Purchase value of VIP tickets is $65/ticket. Must be 18 years or older. Winner will be drawn and announced Friday, October 6 at 3 PM. Tickets may be picked up at the Sweets Shoppe or left at Will Call at the Gesa Power House Theatre.