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All About Hart

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Walla Walla, Wash--

     The only way to improve your skills on the diamond is to play.  One Walla Walla Sweet has bounced around from Washington State, to Santa Ana College, and finally to USC to get that much deserved playing time.  This journey to find a home for Matt Hart, began right here in the state of Washington.

     Matt Hart is a Federal Way native, and current Walla Walla Sweets infielder in the West Coast League.  A place for college baseball players to keep in game shape.   


     Hart said, "I had some big time ups and downs this season trying to level it out, be more consistent, especially in the field."

     His collegiate career started  at Washington State, but he only made it onto the field for two games.  So he transferred to Santa Ana, where he earned All-Orange Empire first team honors in 2009, which landed him a spot on USC's roster  for this past season.

      "USC is the greatest place on earth," Hart said.

     Seems he's already falling in love with Southern Cal, where he batted .267 in 46 games.  There's still one thing he loves more about the Northwest then LA.

     Hart said, "Things move a lot faster down there but you have to pay for parking everywhere.  It's real nice not having to pay for parking."

     Although his hometown is near Seattle, his family ties extend all across the state of Washington.

     "My grandma and grandpa actually grew up in Walla Walla so, they're actually buried in Walla Walla so Walla Walla's been a place I visited my whole life and so it's not unfamiliar to me."

     The place he once visited is now the place he plays for at least one summer, and enjoys every minute of it. 

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