“Grand Valley State has a baseball program that has consistently been ranked near the top of the Division II level over the last couple of years and we feel fortunate that we have been able to tap into some of the talent they have to offer,” said Bells head coach Gary Hatch.
Grice was named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) freshman of the year in 2009 and earned First Team All-GLIAC honors after hitting for a .411 average. He was even better as a sophomore, hitting .455 with six home runs, five triples, 18 doubles and a .664 slugging percentage. Grice collected 100 hits and swiped 18 bases while driving in 49 runs for the Lakers in 2010 and His .455 batting average was eighth best at the NCAA Division II level while his 100 hits ranked him fifth. Following the 2010 season, Grice was named to the American Baseball Coaches Association and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) All-Midwest First Teams and was named honorable mention on the Daktronics Baseball and NCBWA Division II All-America Teams.
Last summer, Grice suited up for the Redding Colt .45s of the West Coast League Tri-State where he hit .319 in 47 starts. Grice paced the way for the Colt .45s with 60 hits, nine doubles, a pair of triples, 44 runs scored, and 34 stolen bases. He finished the season with 23 runs batted in drew 27 base on balls.
Schepel compiled a 10-4 record between his spring season with GVSU and his summer season with the Chillicothe Paints of the Prospect League. Going 6-2 for GVSU, Schepel appeared in 15 games while making 10 starts. He pitched 62 innings for the Lakers and fanned 58 opposing batters.
In the Prospect League, Schepel helped guide his team to a league-best 39-17 record which was capped off by winning the 2010 league championship. Schepel was 4-2 for the Paints and struck out 30 batters during his 33 innings on the mound.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.