Sweets bring back IF Jacobs, add two more arms

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WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Sweets have added the finishing touches to their roster for the 2013 West Coast League season.

Brett Jacobs from Washington State University returns for a third season with the Sweets.

The team has also added two more arms to the rotation with the signings of Chris Lovejoy and Josh Wagner.

Jacobs, a native of Richland, is a junior at WSU this season. The 6-foot, 190-pound infielder saw regular playing time for the Sweets last season, hitting .311 — good for second best on the team — with 12 doubles, one home run and 25 RBI.

“Brett was one of top offensive players in the league last year and among the best pure collegiate hitters I’ve ever seen,” said Sweets manager J.C. Biagi. “What’s most impressive though is Brett’s character, he’s a model citizen, has a great attitude and works very hard at his craft. We’re excited to follow him through the spring and look forward to having him back this summer.”

Josh Wagner, a junior at University of Northern Colorado, is a transfer from Weatherford College. The 6-foot, 187-pound right-handed pitcher is a native of Newhall, Calif., and a graduate of Hart High School.

Last season at Weatherford, Wagner went 2-0 and struck out eight batters in 16 appearances.

Chris Lovejoy, a 6-foot 6-inch, 185-pound southpaw, is a native of Concord, Calif. The junior transfer from Los Medanos College led the Mustangs last season in innings pitched (109.1), strikeouts (74), earned run average (2.39), and tied the team lead in wins (8). He was selected as the Mustangs pitcher of the year and was selected to All-Conference team for the Bay Valley Conference.

“Josh and Chris are both entering Division I programs after having successful community college careers in Texas and California,” Sweets pitching coach Mark Michaud said. “We are excited to see how they transition this year and take the next step in their collegiate careers,” said Sweets pitching coach Mark Michaud.

The Sweets’ fourth season begins on June 5. Single game tickets for the 2013 season go on sale April 1. Season tickets and packages are on sale now.

For more information, visit website wallawallasweets.com/tickets/, or call 509-522-BALL.

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