Walla Walla Sweets' Biagi is Right at HomePosted: Updated:
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- The Walla Walla Sweets returned to action Tuesday night against the Portland Ports and the Ports sank the Sweets, 4-2 . It is the same two teams Wednesday night at 7:05.
The Sweets, of course, are made up of collegiate players who come from across the country to spend their summers playing in Walla Walla.
Their leader though, is a Walla Walla-native through and through.
He was born and raised in Walla Walla. In fact, he played his high school baseball at DeSales. Now, J.C. Biagi, coaches and manages the Walla Walla Sweets.
"That part of it is very exciting," said Biagi. "Being from here obviously makes it special."
His ties to Walla Walla go deeper than his hometown roots. He manages the Sweets and helps coach Walla Walla Community College baseball, a place where he played.
Now, he teaches the game, trying to bring a group of young men together from all over the country, in hopes of winning.
"I think that's the biggest challenge that we have," He said. "It is ultimately taking all these kids from different schools, different parts of the country, and creating a team out of that."
Distractions come with the job. It comes with being around friends and family while trying to raise a different one in young baseball players. As of right now, the Sweets are where Biagi's focus lies.
"Our goal is to focus on baseball and the development of these players," He said. "It's something that we have to adapt ourselves too."