WALLA WALLA - At least one big rivalry will be present in Walla Walla this coming summer, as the Walla Walla Sweets have announced the signings of the University of Washington's Doug Christie and Washington State University's Brett Jacobs to play West Coast League baseball in 2011.
Jacobs, a 6-foot, 180-pound sophomore outfielder from Richland High School in Richland, hit .340 with 22 RBIs as a freshman last spring for the Cougars. He joined Washington State after a high school career that included being twice named league MVP and Washington Class 4A State Player of the Year as a junior. Last summer, for Keene Swamp Bats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, Jacobs hit .275 with one HR and 10 RBIs while splitting time between right field and 3rd base.
"Brett is an intelligent ballplayer that comes from a good baseball background," said Sweets manager J.C. Biagi. "He goes about things the right way and we're looking forward to having him with the Sweets this season."
Joining Jacobs on the Sweets this summer is Doug Christie, a 6-foot, 200-pound freshman pitcher out of Kentlake High School in Kent, Wash. Christie also played for the RIPS Brewers of the Seattle Premier Summer League and was an All-League selection. Christie was a two-time 1st team all-SPSL North selection at Kentlake, including being selected as both a pitcher and first baseman as a senior.
"Doug had a very successful high school career and we're hoping he continues that trend through college and with the Sweets," Biagi said. "He has the potential to be a top-notch Pac-10 pitcher and we're excited to have him work with (pitching coach) Mark (Michaud) this summer."
Both Washington and Washington State open play for the 2011 season Feb. 18. Washington visits San Marcos, Texas, for single games against Missouri State, Nebraska and Air Force (hosted by Texas State).
Washington State opens with a three-game series at Cal State-Bakersfield.
The rivals square off April 29, 30 and May 1 in Pullman, and again on May 24 for a neutral site game in Pasco.