Area products new Walla Walla Sweets players


WALLA WALLA - Two more Pacific Northwest products have signed with the Walla Walla Sweets.

Andrew Mendenhall, a sophomore from the University of Oregon, and Zach Nice, a freshman pitcher from the University of Portland, open with the Sweets in June.

Mendenhall, a 6-foot 3-inch, 200-pound outfielder from Kennewick, is in his second year with the Ducks. Primarily used as a defensive replacement and pinch-runner, the three-sport standout at Southridge High School began making appearances against left-handed pitchers during the latter part of his freshman season. In 36 appearances, he hit .318 and drove in five RBI while scoring six runs. He also hit four doubles and stole four bases.

Mendenhall played for the Rochester Honkers of the Northwoods League last summer, helping the North Division champions to the NWL Championship series before falling to the Eau Claire Express, the top ranked summer-league team in the nation.

For the Honkers, Mendenhall batted .246 with 22 runs scored, 7 doubles, 14 RBIs, 17 walks and 5 stolen bases. During the NWL playoffs, he excelled, hitting .474 (9-for-19) with three runs scored.

Nice, a right-handed pitcher out of La Grande, recently began his collegiate career as a Portland Pilot. The 6-1, 190-pound La Grande High School product was an Oregon class 4A First Team all-state pitcher last spring and was honorable mention as a sophomore and junior. Nice was a double-first team selection for the Greater Oregon League as a junior, making the team as a pitcher and infielder. As a senior, he was named Co-Player of the Year.


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