Walla Walla Sweets sign pair of right-handed pitchers

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WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Sweets have signed a pair of right-handed pitchers from small Midwest colleges that are expected to add depth and talent to the team’s 2010 roster.

Jordan McLaughlin, a sophomore from Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo., and B.J. Sieverding, a sophomore from St. Joseph’s College of Rensselaer, Ind., have both agreed to contracts with the Sweets for the 2010 season. Their signings were announced by general manager Zachary Fraser.

"Jordan and B.J. are from smaller programs but come highly recommended from their coaches and from pro scouts," Fraser said. "We anticipate that they will be solid contributors to our club."

McLaughlin, who redshirted in 2009 after transferring from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo., is scheduled to be in the starting rotation for the Bulldogs in 2010. He was a first-team All-City pitcher at Central High School in St. Joseph, Mo., his senior season, where he also played outfield.

Sieverding, from Versailles, Ind., went 2-1 with a 2.38 ERA for the Pumas in 2009 as a freshman. He made 18 appearances out of the bullpen, where he struck out 27, but looks to join the starting rotation for coach Rick O’Dette in 2010.

The Sweets, an expansion franchise in the West Coast League, will open up the 2010 season by hosting defending league champion Wenatchee AppleSox at Borleske Stadium on June 8. Season tickets are now available by calling 509-522-BALL (2255) or by visiting www.wallawallasweets.com.

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