Saturday, June 16, 2012

Road trip ends with 13-0 loss

The Sweets' first road trip of the season did not go as planned. Walla Walla fell 13-0 to Corvallis on Friday and dropped all six games on its first road trip of the summer. The Sweets have dropped seven in a row overall (including NW Honkers loss) and are one loss shy of tying the program mark of eight set during each of the first two years.

Now some news from around the ballpark:
- Saturday is an exciting day for many reasons. The Sweets are back at home for the first time in over a week, its 85 degrees and the roster is finally filling out.
- Walla Walla's first seven home games of the season were played in cold and rain but Saturday's forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with some cooler temperatures at night.
- With the Californian schools finally finishing, the Sweets roster is finally filling out. Matt Imhof (Cal Poly) arrived two days ago and will get the start tonight. Nick Vilter (UC Riverside) and Hunter Virant (Camarillo HS) arrived yesterday.
- Virant was an 11th round pick of the Houston Astros two weeks ago in the MLB Amateur Draft.
- Kris Paulino and Ryan Cooper, both from UC Irvine, will arrive on Sunday morning and give the Sweets their full allotment of players.
- In Friday's game against Corvallis, Jarrod Turner picked up another double, his third of the summer. He has doubled in each of his last two games.
- Jared Jordan also picked up a double and leads the team with four on the season. His temp contract is running out however and this weekend will be his last with the Sweets.
- Jordan and Turner were the only two Sweets to hit over .300 on the road trip as both collected seven hits.
- Tyler Billen had his longest outing since last August against Wenatchee on Friday. He tossed 5.1 innings of relief and allowed just one run. He retired the first 11 batters he faced.
- Alex Stanford, the 2011 WCL MVP, will be back at Borleske Stadium to throw out the first pitch on Saturday night. He set the league record with 66 hits last summer.

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