WALLA WALLA - The Walla Walla Sweets have hired Tristan Hobbes, a graduate student in broadcast journalism at Boston University, to be the play-by-play radio broadcaster for the 2011 season of West Coast League baseball.
Hobbes, who is pursuing a concentration in sports reporting, received his B.S. in communication from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2009.
He'll graduate from BU this May with a Masters degree in broadcast journalism.
Hobbes comes to the Sweets with a wealth of broadcasting and media relations experience.
His previous posts include being the head play-by-play broadcaster for ECSU from 2007 to 2009, the director of media relations for the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs of the New York Collegiate Baseball League during the summer of 2009 and the play-by-play voice of the Orleans Firebirds of the Cape Cod League in the summer of 2010.
Despite being from New York, Hobbes is not without connection in Walla Walla.
His cousin, Jared Holowaty, took over as the Whitman College head baseball coach prior to the 2010 season.
Holowaty's assistant is the Sweets own pitching coach, Mark Michaud, who was also Hobbes' pitching coach during his senior year at ECSU.