Sweets sign ex-Warrior Paulson, IF Skrbec

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WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Sweets have signed former Walla Walla Community College player, and current New Mexico State outfielder, Mike Paulson, and North Dakota State infielder John Skrbec and for the 2013 season.

Paulson, the 6-foot, 205-pound outfielder is a junior at New Mexico State, and a native of Sammamish, Wash. He spent two seasons with the WWCC Warriors, and in 2012 hit .333 with two RBIs in just 12 at-bats. Paulson hit .414 with five doubles and 11 RBI in 58 at-bats.

As a pitcher he was 2-2 with one save and a 3.37 ERA over 18 2/3 innings of work.

“Mike is a good left-handed hitting outfielder who could also contribute at first base,” said Sweets manager J.C. Biagi. “I was fortunate to work with him quite a bit in his time at Walla Walla (CC) and believe we’ll see an even better guy after his first year at New Mexico State.”

Skrbec, a graduate of Grand Rapids High School, is a 6-foot 1-inch, 185-pound sophomore on the NDSU Bison team. As a senior at Grand Rapids High School, Skrbec was a finalist for the “Mr. Baseball” award in Minnesota and played in the Lions All-Star Series.

The Sweets open the 2013 season June 5 against the Bend Elks at Borleske Stadium.

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