WALLA WALLA - A pair of North Dakota State University Bison will make the journey west from Fargo, N.D., to Walla Walla as they've signed to play for the Sweets for the 2011 West Coast League season.
Simon Anderson, a pitcher from Bemidji, Minn., will join Zach Wentz, an infielder/pitcher from Bismarck, N.D., in Eastern Washington following the completion of their collegiate season at North Dakota State.
Wentz, a junior, has been the leading performer for the Bison over his first two seasons. His 5-2 (5-1 as a starter) record and contributions at the plate in 2010 landed him a spot on the all-Summit League second team. The ESPN Academic All-American second team selection hit .389 while starting in all but one of the Bison's 52-game season, including seven homeruns and 42 RBI. As a freshman in 2009, the Bismarck Century High School product hit .349 with 3 HR and 25 RBI while starting all 43 games.
Anderson, a sophomore, was named team MVP for baseball and Male Athlete of the Year as a senior at Bemidji High School following a three-year starting career in which he was also the starting center for the basketball team and quarterback for the football team. The 6-foot 5-inch, 215 pounder was named first team all-Section in football. As a freshman in 2010 for the Bison, Anderson saw limited action, pitching in 11.1 innings over seven games.