The Bells are excited to welcome back two position players from 2012 for the upcoming West Coast League season. Middle infielder Johnny Farrington and outfielder Derek Atkinson return to Bellingham for another go around.
Johnny Farrington will again be a catalyst of the Bells. Farrington, a junior at Biola University started 54 out of 55 games last season for Biola. He led the Eagles in defensive assists, while hitting .269. “Johnny is an exceptional middle infielder that helps us both offensively and defensively,” said assistant coach Jim Clem. “There is no doubt that he is a fan favorite and a lot of fun to watch play.”
Last season in Bellingham, Farrington was one of the leaders for the Bells. He led the team in at-bats with 194, RBI’s with 28, and runs scored with 30. The Roseburg, Oregon native also finished second on the team in hits and walks. “The human highlight film,” according to manager Hatch. “Johnny was a solid an infielder as we’ve seen around Bellingham over the last 50 summers.”
In addition to Farrington, outfielder Derek Atkinson will return for the 2013 season, his 3rd go around in Bellingham. The three-sport star out of Camas High School in Camas, Washington spent the first two years of college at Clackamas Community College, before transferring to the University of San Francisco for 2013. He was all-region as a freshman, and then redshirted his sophomore season. “We’re excited to have him back,” said Hatch. “He has a great left handed swing and he’s a superb outfielder.”
Atkinson was an offensive leader last season for the Bells. He was one of four players to hit over .300. He co-led the team in runs with Farrington, finished 4th in hits, and finished second in extra base hits. “Derek is an exceptional talent who has proven that he can play all three outfield positions,” said Coach Clem. “He’s a tough left-handed bat who hits for average and power.”