Sweets sign pair of righties

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WALLA WALLA - Two right-handed pitchers from Gonzaga University have signed with the Walla Walla Sweets for the 2011 West Coast League season.

Sean Santschi, a WCL veteran, and Derek Peterson, a first year pitcher for the Bulldogs, will be playing summer ball in Walla Walla next season.

Santschi, a 6-foot, 2-inch, 220-pound transfer from Tacoma Community College, will play his first season at Gonzaga this spring as a junior. As a member of the Wenatchee AppleSox in 2010 (the Sweets' first-ever opponent), Santschi went 1-0 in five games with six strikeouts. His win came in a 3-1 AppleSox victory when he pitched three innings of relief and allowed only one hit while striking out five Moses Lake Pirates.

At Tacoma last spring, he went 0-1 with 13 saves out of the bullpen for the Titans. His ERA was a miniscule 0.50 while opponents hit only .164.Sweets manager J.C. Biagi had only positive words about the Skyline (Sammamish, Wash.) High School product: "Sean had a great season last year with Tacoma CC and he's poised to continue that success with Gonzaga. Our whole office is buzzing with this young man coming to town this June."

Santschi will be joined by Derek Peterson, a 6-0, 185-pound freshman out of Ferris High School in Spokane. Peterson, a member of the Spokane Dodgers this past summer, was a second-team Greater Spokane League outfielder in addition to being named first team all-League as a pitcher in 2009.

"Derek is a quality pitcher despite his youth," said Sweets pitching coach, Mark Michaud. "I think he'll do well at Gonzaga and hope to see him continue that success with the Sweets this coming summer."

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