Prior to entering his freshman year at South Dakota State University, Emery was ranked the top 2010 draft prospect in the Dakotas by Baseball America. Last summer Emery played American Legion baseball with Rapid City (S.D.) Post 22 where he hit for a .450 average in 62 games while leading his state championship team with 99 hits, 23 doubles, four triples, 11 home runs, 78 runs batted in and 163 total bases. Emery also led the way on the mound for Post 22 posting a 10-2 record and a 2.17 ERA which included a three-hitter to win the state championship. He finished the summer season with nine complete games, including three shutouts, and struck out 108 opposing batters.
“Kolton has been one of the best, if not the best, overall baseball players in the Dakotas since he was 16,” said Bells head coach Gary Hatch. “He has an outstanding arm with good command of all of his pitches and has continued to develop into a good infielder to compliment his strong plate presence. This is exactly the type of unique guy we are looking to build this program with as Kolton has exceptional two-way talent.”
Emery was named the 2009 South Dakota American Legion Player of the Year after excelling both at the plate and on the mound for Rapid City Post 22. He hit .410 with a team-leading five home runs and also led the team with a 2.18 ERA in 86 innings pitching, recording 100 strikeouts against only 18 walks.
Fellow Jackrabbit and Washington State native Nick Andrews will also be suiting up for the Bells in 2011. Andrews saw limited action behind the plate for SDSU in 2010 and had just 29 at-bats. Following his freshman campaign, Andrews joined the Laramie Colts of the Mountain Collegiate Baseball League. With the Colts, Andrews hit for a .301 average in 25 games. He finished the summer season with 25 hits, 13 runs scored, 14 runs batted in, and a .439 on-base percentage.
As a senior at Eastlake High School in Sammamish, Wash., Andrews was named to the 4A first team after hitting for a .426 average with a pair of home runs and 18 runs batted in.
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.