Etcetera - 03/24/10

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David Marshall attended president-elect training in Seattle recently, according to the March 9 Milton-Freewater Rotary Club meeting report sent in by member Robby Robbins. The intensive program is just the beginning of a big year for David. He will take over club leadership on July 1.

With excitement building about the Walla Walla Sweets summer college wood bat league, Rotary members enjoyed a presentation by the ball team's general manager, Zachary Fraser.

Zachary, who hails from New York, came west at 17 and played high school and college baseball. He accepted the general managership of the Provo (Utah) Angels, which later became the Orem Owlz under his guidance.

In July 2009, he was offered the position of general manager of the Walla Walla Sweets, a member of the West Coast League, by owners John Stanton, Jeff Cirillo and partners. Coach J. C. Biagi is a former Walla Walla Community College player and currently an assistant coach for the Warriors.

Well-known players began their careers here, including Ozzie Smith, Tony Gwynn, Kurt Russell, Jacoby Elsbury and Nyjer Morgan.

Zachary will have players coming from schools such as USC, UCLA, UC-Irvine, Kansas and other big programs to begin play this spring. A June 17 game between the Sweets and the Yakima Bears will offer some time gained against players with professional experience. Scouts from several major league teams will typically visit the ballpark each game.

Teammates come to gain playing experience and exposure to the scouts. Local families can offer accommodations for players. Interested parties may contact Zachary directly or e-mail info@wallawallasweets.com.

Zachary told Rotarians his plans for Borleske Field include a new bleachers area, a new concession stand, a beer garden down the third-base side, a party enclosure where parties of 50-125 can enjoy a covered event area, some 'Diamond' seats behind home plate, and some new field boxes down the first-base line. A new 16 by 40 hand-operated scoreboard will be built to serve baseball, and the existing football scoreboard will serve in an auxiliary capacity. They have recently signed on for streaming video coverage of home games and radio coverage from 1490 KTEL ESPN Radio Walla Walla.

Zachary's goal is to provide an entertainment site where a family of four can get tickets, a drink and a hot dog for $30. Tickets will start at $4 for general admission, slightly higher prices for reserved seating. Diamond seats and field boxes.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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