The Bells are pleased to announce the first pieces of the 2013 roster. Bellingham welcomes back three pitchers from the 2012 campaign. Lefty Andrew Olson and righties John Albert and Keith Zuniga will return to Bellingham.
Andrew Olson, a native of Enumclaw WA, is currently a redshirt junior at Seattle University. He spent 2012 on the bench using up his redshirt season after transferring from Tacoma Community College. The lefty led the Tacoma staff in 2011 with a 3.16 ERA and 73 strikeouts compared to just 14 walks. “I love his makeup as a pitcher,” said Head Coach Hatch. “We feel he will give us a good jump due to his leadership ability and the fact that he’s been through the fire with us before.”
Last season for the Bells, Olson continued his success from Tacoma CC. He led the team in IP with 59.1, wins with 5, and complete games with 2. Posting a 3.34 ERA, opponents hit only .262 against the lefty. He should anchor the Bells staff again in 2013. “He was one of our leaders last summer,” said Hatch. “He’s very competitive and a team oriented guy.”
Joining Olson will be John Albert, currently a sophomore at Hawaii Pacific University. A hometown prospect, Albert is a 6-1 righty who played under Coach Hatch at Sehome High School. In 2012, he started 14 games for Hawaii Pacific, pitching six complete games, striking out 42 opponents.
Albert pitched only once last summer for the Bells, a three-inning shutout performance in which he gave up two hits while striking out three. Albert was with the Bells on a 10-day contract last season as he had high school legion eligibility left. Hatch said of Albert, “We knew he was capable and he did a great job for us, both on the bump and as a position guy in the outfield.”
The final returning pitcher for the upcoming season is righty Keith Zuniga, a sophomore at Pima Community College in Arizona. He has spent time both at Pima CC and the University of Washington. In 2013, he will be a 3rd year sophomore, after redshirting last year at UW. “He’s a hard throwing righty who’s an excellent competitor,” said Hatch. “I also love his mental makeup.”
Last season for the Bells, Zuniga led the team in appearances with 14, all of which were out of the bullpen. The righty posted the best ERA out of the pen on the team, finishing the 2012 campaign with a 2.64 ERA. He held opponents to a .261 batting average, striking out 15 in just over 30 innings pitched.