Sweets welcome return of Mendenhall, Brackenridge


WALLA WALLA - The Walla Walla Sweets continue to build their roster for the 2012 season of West Coast League baseball. Two more members of the 2011 WCL East Division championship team, outfielder Andrew Mendenhall and infielder Kalani Brackenridge, will return to Walla Walla this summer.

Andrew Mendenhall, a 6-foot, 3-inch, 200-pound outfielder, is a junior at Oregon.

Last season for the Sweets, Mendenhall hit .280 with two home runs, 19 RBI, and had a team-leading 14 doubles in 42 games during the regular season. During the 2011 WCL playoffs, he hit .294 with four RBIs, including the sole playoff home run for the Sweets.

Kalani Brackenridge, a junior at the University of Hawaii, also returns to Walla Walla for a second summer of WCL baseball. The 5-11, 180-pound infielder for the Warriors had 30 hits and 16 RBIs in 40 games for the Sweets last season. Brackenridge hit .375 with three RBIs during the 2011 playoffs.

Brackenridge was drafted in the 44th round of the MLB amateur draft by the Tampa Bay Rays.


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