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Walla Walla's Kopacz: Loving Baseball in the Northwest

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WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- The Walla Walla Sweets had the night off Monday. They start a 3-game set with Klamath Falls at Borleske Stadium Tuesday. 

Chance Kopacz is enjoying some early success with the Sweets, batting .318 through 6 games.

Playing ball in the Northwest is nothing new to the Sweets Outfielder. He laced it up at Hermiston High School where he made 1st team all-conference. Then, he took his game to Lewis and Clark State before playing at Walla Walla Community College this season. He earned All-NWAACC 2nd team honors as a designated hitter, playing under Sweets Manager J.C. Biagi.

"He is very attentive, a good worker, and he gets after it," said Biagi. "It's obviously an added benefit that he's got a little bit of pop. He had a tremendous season for us at the community college. Hopefully, that translates into a good season here."

"I want to get better defensively, and just have a good season here, win some ball games," said Kopacz.

This summer, he plans to re-tool his defense before he makes the leap to play at Campbellsville University in Kentucky this fall.

"Oh, that's a big deal," said Kopacz. "I've never been back East really. I think it's going to be a fun time."

At least for one more summer, Kopacz will play ball in front of family and friends.

"My family and friends are all excited to come watch me play ball," said Kopacz. "Just after the games, they give me a rough time if I had a bad at bat or something."

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