Sweets quintet garner all-WCL honors

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WALLA WALLA — Pitching was the name of the game this season for the Walla Walla Sweets, and Sweets pitchers have been honored by the West Coast League for their performances.

Pitchers Matt Hall, Sean Silva, and Sean-Luke Brija were named first-team All-WCL, while pitcher Cody Poteet and catcher Renae Martinez received honorable mentions.

Hall was 5-2 for the Sweets with a 2.21 ERA. He appeared in 12 games during the regular season ,striking out 45 batters over 53 innings of work.

Sean Silva appeared in 12 games for the Sweets, going 4-0.

Brija, who assumed the closer role for the Sweets, was 3-1 with a 1.07 ERA striking out 28 batters over 25 1/3 innings of work while leading the WCL in saves with 13.

Hall, Silva, and Brija were all selected for the 2013 WCL All-Star game in Victoria, B.C.

“We are very proud of these guys for what they were able to accomplish this summer,” said Sweets manager J.C. Biagi. “To be recognized like this, among a league that produces a ton of talent year after year, is a great honor for them as individuals and for our entire team and organization.”

Sweets starter Poteet (3-2) and catcher Martinez received All-WCL Honorable Mentions. Both players represented the Sweets at the WCL All-Star game, with Poteet being named the all-star game’s top prospect by MLB scouts.

“We had a special group of players this season,” said Sweets vice-president and general manager Zachary Fraser. “We are excited that they have received this recognition from their peers and coaches around the league.”

The Sweets finished the season with a 31-22 record, and the WCL North Division title.

Walla Walla played the Wenatchee AppleSox in the WCL North Division playoff series, losing in two games.

The Corvallis Knights, the WCL South champs, defeated Wenatchee for the WCL title.

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