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Pair of Pilots First to Sign with Bells

12/10/2010 9:23 AM A pair of University of Portland Pilots have become the first players to sign with the Bellingham Bells for the 2011 West Coast League season as the club announced the return of catch Ben Grubb and the addition of pitcher J.R. Bunda.

Grubb, who joined the University of Portland after spending two years at Lower Columbia College in Kelso, Wash., played 17 games with Bellingham in 2010. With the Bells, Grubb hit for a .288 average with six doubles and 11 RBI.

At Lower Columbia, Grubb was named to the All-NWAACC team at the catcher position after a 2010 season in which he collected a .342 batting average. During the post-season, Grubb led the way for Lower Columbia with a .444 batting average in five playoff games while driving in seven runs.

Bunda finished his first season at the University of Portland with a 1-0 record and a 3.32 ERA in 14 relief appearances. During the summer, Bunda returned to his native Hawaii where he pitched for the Kauai Menehunes of the Hawaii Collegiate Baseball League. With the Menehunes, Bunda appeared in nine games, including seven starts, where he collected a 4-2 record with a 3.65 ERA.

The Bells open their 13th season on June 3 at Joe Martin Field against the Kelowna Falcons. Individuals and companies with inquiries about season tickets, corporate sponsorship opportunities, or any other matters related to the ballclub, are encouraged to contact the Bellingham Bells offices at (360) 527-1030, or via e-mail at bells@bellinghambells.com.

About the Bellingham Bells
The Bellingham Bells are a professionally operated collegiate summer baseball team in the West Coast League striving to provide their fans, sponsors, and partners with the very best in competitive baseball and affordable entertainment in a family-friendly atmosphere. The team is comprised of college baseball players from across the country. In recent years, the Bells have helped produce a number of major leaguers including Jeff Francis of the 2007 National League Champion Colorado Rockies and Whatcom County natives Ty Taubenheim and Kevin Richardson.

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Blake Buswell
E: blake@bellinghambells.com
P: 360.746.0406


About the Bellingham Bells

The Bellingham Bells are a summer collegiate, wood bat baseball team and a member of the West Coast League.  During the months of June, July & August, the Bells compete in a 57-game season, playing home games at Joe Martin Field in Bellingham and traveling to compete with other WCL teams in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. The Bells strive to contribute to a strong and vibrant community through affordable, family-friendly entertainment. 

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1220 Civic Field Way 

Bellingham, WA 98229

(360) 527-1035