Two California standouts coming to Sweets this year


WALLA WALLA - Pomona College and Pitzer College, who combine for athletics to form the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens, will send two standout ballplayers to Walla Walla this summer. Nick Gentili and James Campbell have signed contracts to play West Coast League baseball for the Sweets after completing their collegiate seasons in southern California.

Gentili, a Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) second-team selection as a freshman in 2010, will join teammate Campbell, one of the Sagehens' leading offensive weapons so far in the 2011 season.

Gentili, a 6-foot, 2-inch, 185-pound sophomore utility player, hit .384 with five home runs and 44 RBI while starting in 41 of the Sagehens' 42 games last season. He also appeared on the mound three times and posted an ERA of 3.86.

Campbell, a 6-foot, 200-pounder from Lookout Mountain, Tenn., was batting .385 with a pair of stolen bases through seven games for Pomona-Pitzer. The junior infielder was selected as a member of the Tennessee squad for the Senior Baseball Classic, an annual all-star game between the top high school seniors from Tennessee and Georgia, following his senior season at McCallie High School.


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