Walla Walla Sweets add two more pitchers


WALLA WALLA – The Walla Walla Sweets have added two more arms to the roster for the upcoming season of West Coast League baseball.

Pitchers Connor O’Neil, of Kennewick, and Russell Crippen of Snohomish, Wash., have both signed contracts to play for the Sweets in 2014.

Crippen, a 6-foot, 1-inch, 220-pound freshman at Abiliene Christian University, is a graduate of Snohomish High School. He went 5-3 with a 1.42 ERA and 45 strikeouts as a junior and was named second-team all-Wesco. A three-sport athlete in baseball, basketball and football, Crippen was named first-team all-league in baseball as a senior.

O’Neil is a 6-2-, 205-pound graduate of Southridge. Conner, the younger brother of former Sweets outfielder Spencer O’Neil, is a freshman at Central Arizona College.

As a senior at Southridge, he was named first-team all-league pitcher and second-team all-state. Last summer, O’Neil pitched for the AAA 18U Kennewick Bandits.

“We are very excited to have Russell and Conner coming to Walla Walla this summer,” said Sweets pitching coach Mark Michaud. “They are both coming from quality programs as freshman, and the opportunity for them to see a lot of playing time this spring will help prepare them for the summer.”


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