It's opening day for the Walla Walla Sweets!
And the energy can be felt throughout the Valley as the Sweets prepare their second season. The Sweets take on the Corvallis Knights at 7:05 p.m. at Borleske Stadium.
Last season the Sweets led the West Coach League in attendance. The expansion team averaged over 1,400 fans a game. The final home game of the season drew a record crowd of 1,891.
The Sweets were a popular attraction from opening day. Watching the Sweets on warm summer nights (and let's hope those return along with the Sweets) was the thing to do in Walla Walla. Everybody seemed to enjoy watching some of the nation's best college players swing wood bats.
Borleske came alive night after night.
This season looks like it could be even better. The Sweets have made some improvements to the stadium that will make watching baseball even more fun and, well, comfortable.
The Sweets added additional theater seats behind home plate and added bleachers in the outfield, and the reserved boxes have been enhanced with painted wood partitions.
"Once the games start, we don't have any control," said Zachary Fraser, the team's general manager. "But we can control how fans are treated by the staff, the quality of the concessions and the event itself. We want to make sure everyone's having fun."
Fraser and his staff have done a tremendous job of creating a great experience for fans.
And they have also done an outstanding job of making the Sweets part of this community. The Sweets have a year-round presence in Walla Walla, including an office and team store on Main Street.
The Sweets have embraced Walla Walla and the community has embraced them.
The sun is out today (finally!) and the Sweets are set to take the field for the first of 33 home games. It's time to play ball!
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