'Hens Gentili '13 and Campbell '12 Sign With Walla Walla Sweets

'Hens Gentili '13 and Campbell '12 Sign With Walla Walla Sweets

WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Pomona College and Pitzer College, who combine for athletics to form the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens, will send two standout ballplayers to Walla Walla this summer. Nick Gentili and James Campbell have signed contracts to play West Coast League baseball for the Sweets after completing their collegiate seasons in southern California. Gentili, a Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) second team selection as a freshman in 2010, will join teammate Campbell, one of the Sagehens leading offensive weapons so far in the 2011 season.

Gentili, a 6-foot, 2-inch, 185-pound sophomore utility player, hit .384 with 5 HR and 44 RBI while starting in 41 of the Sagehens’ 42 games last season. He also appeared on the mound three times and posted an ERA of 3.86. A St. Francis High School product from Glendale, Calif., Gentili was named second team all-Mission League as a senior.

Campbell, a 6-foot, 200-pounder from Lookout Mountain, Tenn., was batting .385 with a pair of stolen bases through seven games for Pomona-Pitzer. The junior infielder was selected as a member of the Tennessee squad for the Senior Baseball Classic, an annual all-star game between the top high school seniors from Tennessee and Georgia, following his senior season at McCallie High School.

The Sagehens, ranked #18 in the pre-season NCAA DIII baseball poll, are 8-0 to start the 2011 season, which began on February 4 with a three-game series sweep of Pacific University followed by an 8-7 victory over #11 Chapman. Pomona-Pitzer, who compete against Cal Tech, Whittier, La Verne, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Occidental, Redlands and Cal Lutheran in the SCIAC, will host to Sweets’ pitching coach Mark Michaud’s Whitman College Missionaries on February 26-27.

About the Walla Walla Sweets:
Walla Walla Sweets is a professionally operated baseball club in the West Coast League. It is led by a group of civic-minded individuals with strong ties to the Walla Walla region and to the game of baseball. The Walla Walla Sweets will strive to provide their fans, sponsors, business partners, and investors with the very best in competitive baseball and entertainment, including atmosphere, comfort, food & beverage, safety, competition, fun and value. For more information, please visit www.wallawallasweets.com <http://www.wallawallasweets.com> .