Ruff, O'Neil to return to Sweets in 2013

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WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Sweets announced today the signing of returning players Ben Ruff and Spencer O’Neil.

Ruff, a utility player, and O’Neil, an outfielder, played for the Sweets in 2012 and will return to Walla Walla for the 2013 season of West Coast League baseball.

Ruff, a 5-foot, 10-inch, 195-pound, junior at Seattle University appeared in 30 games for the Sweets in 2012.

He was a utility player for the Sweets who saw time at third base, shortstop, and on the pitching mound.

As a pitcher, Ruff was 2-3 with four saves, and in 22 innings of work he recorded 28 strikeouts and allowed just 13 walks.

In 102 at-bats for the Sweets last season, Ruff hit .216 with five doubles, three triples, two home runs, and 11 RBI.

A freshman at Central Arizona College, O’Neil appeared in 51 games for the Sweets last season.

The 6-4, 175-pound outfielder is a native of Kennewick and a graduate of Southridge High.

Last season, O’Neil hit .259 with eight doubles and one triple in 170 at-bats. He led the Sweets in home runs (5) and RBI (34) and was selected by fans to represent the Sweets in the 2012 WCL All-Star game.

The Walla Walla Sweets open their fourth season of WCL baseball in June of 2013.

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