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3 Kansas Jayhawks Fly West to Play for Walla Walla

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WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- The Walla Walla Sweets had the day off Monday before heading to Bend to take on the Elks Tuesday. So far, the Sweets have used three players from the Midwest to get the job done on the diamond.

In the Sweets 1st season in the West Coast League, there seems to be a Kansas Jayhawk feel to it.

"Our coach that coaches for Kansas, my catching coach, he's a coach for Kelowna," said Walla Walla and Kansas Catcher James Stanfield. "So, he wanted to watch me play and I guess he hooked up these other two guys."

So, Stanfield takes credit for 3 Jayhawks being in Walla Walla, being that his catcher's coach at KU coaches for Kelowna, which is in the same league as the Sweets. Due to NCAA rules, the 3 Jayhawks can't play for their coach's team in Kelowna.

KNDU wondered if the others agreed that Stanfield was resonsible for bringing the other two Jayhawks to Walla Walla.

"I wouldn't consider its because of him," said Walla Walla and Kansas Infielder Jordan Dreiling.  "I would consider the catching coach as one of the big reasons, but not solely based on him."

"Pretty much our catchers coach from KU got us the hook up," said Walla Walla and Kansas Infielder Kevin Kuntz. "We are all just kind of similar players pretty much. I think it's a good fit.  It is a good place for us to get a lot more at-bats."

They'll do just that, wearing the same jersey together as Sweets.  However, Stanfield, being a catcher, still believes it's his show when it comes to the KU boys.

 "I just try to teach them everything I know," He says, "You know, teach them how to swing, how to field, and how to get the girls."