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4 Bellingham Bells Named to WCL All-Star Game

July 10, 2018 

The team with the best record in the West Coast League is sending 4 players to the All-Star Game. Four Bellingham Bells (19-10) are on the roster for the clash between the North and South divisions of the WCL July 17th in Port Angeles at Civic Field.

Bells Pitchers Justin Armbruester and Taylor Davis join position players Matt James (catcher) and Ernie Yake (shortstop)on the North roster, The teams were announced Tuesday by WCL Commisioner Rob Neyer. 

Armbruester leads the league in strikeouts with 44. He is 1-and-1 with a 1.39 ERA and 1 save. Davis is tied for the lead in WCL saves with 6. He is 2-0 with a microscopic .061 ERA.  

James leads the Bells in batting average (.310) and RBI's (16). He is tied with two others for the team lead in home runs with 3. Yake, one of the top defensive infielders in the league, is hitting .286 with 7 RBI's, 4 doubles and 2 triples.

Via press release, Bells general manager Stephanie Morrell said the club is thrilled to have four players selected to the All-Star team.  "They are all very deserving of this honor and we know they will represent our team and our city very well."

NORTH ROSTER

C - Cory Meyer of Boise State (Wenatchee AppleSox)

C - Matt James of Notre Dame (Bellingham Bells) 

1B - Kyle Schimpf of Southeastern Louisiana (Port Angeles Lefties)

2B - Jason Dicochea of Santa Clara (Port Angeles Lefties) 

SS - Ernie Yake of Gonzaga (Bellingham Bells)

INF - Mason Marenco of Gonzaga (Wenatchee AppleSox)
3B - Jake Moberg of UCLA (Yakima Valley Pippins) 

OF - Dalton Harum of Virginia Tech (Port Angeles Lefties)
OF - Trent Tingelstad of Everett CC (Kelowna Falcons)

OF - Cole Pofek of UC Riverside (Yakima Valley Pippins)

OF - Jeddediah Fagg of Georgia Southern (Victoria HarbourCats)
OF - Dan Pruitt of Seminole State (Kelowna Falcons)

P - Justin Armbruester of Pacific Lutheran (Bellingham Bells) 

P - Taylor Davis of Gonzaga (Bellingham Bells)
P - Cal Hehnke of Nebraska-Omaha (Kelowna Falcons)  

P - Tristan Busse of Western Texas (Port Angeles Lefties)

P - Garrett Goodall of Embry-Riddle (Victoria HarbourCats)
P - Tyler Yoshihara of Pomona-Pitzer (Victoria HarbourCats)
P - Curtis Bafus of VCU (Wenatchee AppleSox)

P - Jeremy Yelland of Hawaii (Wenatchee AppleSox)

P - Chase Farrell of UCLA (Yakima Valley Pippins)
 

SOUTH ROSTER

C - Dutton Elske of Portland (Cowlitz Black Bears)
C - Cole Hamilton of Linn-Benton CC (Corvallis Knights)

INF - Nick Nyquist of Gonzaga (Walla Walla Sweets)

INF - Chad Stevens of Portland (Corvallis Knights) 

INF - Gio Diaz of St. Mary's (Portland Pickles) 

INF - Collin Runge of Portland (Bend Elks)

INF - Tristen Alvarez of Fresno Pacific (Bend Elks)

OF - Joey Cooper of Cal State Northridge (Portland Pickles)

OF - Zander Clarke of UC San Diego (Portland Pickles) 

OF - Chandler Anderson of Utah (Corvallis Knights) 

OF - Cesar Loper of Cal Poly Pomona (Walla Walla Sweets) 

OF - Ryan Kim of Portland (Cowlitz Black Bears)

P - Landen Bourassa of San Francisco (Corvallis Knights)
P - Daniel Slominski of San Francisco (Corvallis Knights) 

P - Zach Heaton of Dallas Baptist (Cowlitz Black Bears)

P - Darius Vines of Arizona State (Walla Walla Sweets)

P - Zack Penrod of Northwest Nazarene (Walla Walla Sweets)

P - Brad McVay of Portland (Portland Pickles)

P - Connor Pellerin of Tulane (Portland Pickles) 

P - Michael Newstrom of Washington State (Portland Pickles) 

P - Bradley Gonzales of Dallas Baptist (Bend Elks)

The North all-stars will be coached by Lefties skipper Darren Westergard and his staff, while the South will be coached by the defending champion coaching staff of the Corvallis Knights, led by five-time WCL Coach of the Year Brooke Knight. Tuesday's game gets underway at 6:35pm. on Monday the 16th the WCL will celebrate the long ball with the annual Home Run Derby which also begins at 6:35pm. 

- Doug Lange

* Information from West Coast League and Bellingham Bells press releases used in this story

 

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