WALLA WALLA - The Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo duo of Elliot Stewart and Denver Chavez, two members of the inaugural Walla Walla Sweets in 2010, have re-signed for the 2011 West Coast League season.
The signing comes on the heels of Scott Gottschling's re-signing, the first inaugural Sweet to do so, last week. Several other inaugural Sweets are expected to put pen on paper in the coming weeks as well.
Stewart, a 5-foot, 10-inch, 190-pound catcher from San Jose, Calif., is currently a junior at Cal Poly. He is believed by many to have been the MVP of the Sweets' 2010 season after leading the team in home runs (3), RBI (24), total hits (42), batting average (.321) and slugging percentage (.473).
In addition, Stewart was second on the team in total at bats and tied for the team lead in doubles and triples. For his efforts, he earned All-WCL Second Team honors and was ranked 17th in Perfect Game Crosschecker's Top 25 List of WCL Prospects.
"We're thrilled to have Elliot coming back this year. He was our top performer on the field last season and this has already created a lot of buzz around town," said Sweets' general manager, Zachary Fraser. "It feels more like May rather than November right now in our office."
Chavez (a 5-8, 165) infielder from Santa Barbara, Calif., is currently a sophomore at Cal Poly. He was also among the team leaders for the Sweets in several offensive categories, finishing tied for fourth in RBI and stolen bases, tied for sixth in total at bats and runs scored and seventh in total hits and on-base-percentage.
"Denver was not only one of our top players, but a true leader and role model off the field as well," said Sweets' manager, J.C. Biagi. "He meant a lot to both our team and the community and we're very happy to have him returning for a second season with the Sweets."