Walla Walla Sweets general manager J.C. Biagi announced Wednesday that manager Frank Mutz will return as skipper in 2019. 

“I’m thrilled to be back in Walla Walla for my fifth season,” Mutz said. “I’m looking forward to building a championship club along side of J.C. He and his wife (former Sweets GM) Katie and been nothing but supportive during my tenure with the Sweets.

“J.C. has a very high baseball I.Q. and I’m sure the two of us will work closely and tirelessly putting together a championship roster for the 2019 season.”

Mutz has an overall record of 118-112 in his four seasons in the Sweets dugout (.513), and has managed some of the most thrilling games in the team’s history. 

“I think the world of Frank and the great effort he’s put into integrating himself into this community,” said Biagi. “We’ve developed a terrific rapport over the last few years and our families share a wonderful friendship.

“He’s an asset to our organization and I’m excited to work with him in building a successful 2019 campaign.”

Mutz, who spent 11 seasons as the head coach at Chaminade Prep in West Hills, Calif., is now the athletic director at Calvary Christian in Las Vegas, where he is also serving as the head baseball coach. 

Biagi and Mutz have begun work on constructing the 2019 coaching staff, which will be announced at a later date.

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