Atkinson, who arrived in Bellingham hours before Wednesday’s game, has already made an impact for the Bells. He singled and walked in his two at-bats Wednesday evening and went two for four in his first start as a Bell on Thursday. Atkinson had three of the Dukes four hits in their non-league game earlier this year against Bellingham and hit the game-winning two-run single.
This is Atkinson’s second stint with a WCL team this season, after hitting .308 as a temporary player for the Cowlitz Black Bears. Atkinson hit .308 for Clackamas this past college season and was named 2nd-team All-NWAACC.
Stonex was a two-time all-league player at Castle Rock High School and hit .256 this past season for Centralia.