Sweets sign trio of Pilots

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WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Sweets continue to prepare for the upcoming season, signing three players from the University of Portland.

Right-handed pitcher Alex Fisher, catcher Cooper Hummel and outfielder Ryan Littlefield will all head to Walla Walla for the Sweets’ fifth season of West Coast League baseball.

Fisher, a 6-foot, 2-inch, 200-pound freshman, is a 2013 graduate of Grant High School in Portland. A three-year varsity athlete for baseball, Fisher was 8-5 with a 1.94 ERA in 72 innings pitched as a senior.

“Alex is a quality addition to our staff,” said Sweets manager J.C. Biagi. “He features a good fastball and quality off speed stuff and will command the zone as well as anyone.”

Hummel, a freshman, is a graduate of Lakeridge (Ore.) High School. Hummel, a 5-10, 180-pound catcher was named the Three Rivers League Player of the Year as a senior, hitting .576 with three home runs, eight doubles, three triples, and 28 RBI.

“Cooper is a really good athlete that has excellent defensive skills behind the plate,” said Biagi. “He’s also a switch hitter, pretty good from both sides, giving us some platoon options as we look to improve match ups on a given night.”

A native of Longview, Wash., Littlefield is also a freshman at the University of Portland. The 6-3, 220-pound outfielder, was a member of the Cowlitz Black Bears last season, hitting .263 with four doubles, one triple, and seven RBI.

“Ryan has some experience in the league, playing for Cowlitz last year just out of high school. He’s a big strong kid that can cover some ground in the outfield and provide some pop from the right side of the plate,” Biagi said. “We’re really excited to add this group of Portland guys to our roster, they’re tough, athletic, and overall great guys from a good school.”

The Portland Pilots open their college season on the road Feb. 14 against the UCLA Bruins.

The Walla Walla Sweets host Opening Day on June 5 with an alumni game. The team opens league play on June 6 against the Bellingham Bells.

For more information, see website wallawallasweets.com.

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