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Bells add a 3rd player from both Oakland University and Arizona State

05/15/2013 10:14 AM


          The Bellingham Bells have signed two more players to the 2013 roster.  Pitcher Chris Van Dyke from Oakland University, and Arizona State University outfielder Johnny Sewald will join the club this summer.

         Van Dyke, a member of Oakland’s starting rotation, stands at 6’3 and comes from Denver, CO.  A graduate of Denver Christian HS, the righty is a sophomore at Oakland.  Van Dyke was a four-time letter winner in HS, spending time at both Thomas Jefferson and Denver Christian HS.  After pitching sparingly in 2012, he is fourth in innings pitched for the Golden Grizzlies in 2013.  He’s 4-4 with a 5.56 ERA, making 12 appearances, nine of which were starts.  Van Dyke will be the third member of the Oakland pitching staff to suit up for the Bells this summer, joining teammates Jason Hager Jake Paulson.

         "Chris comes highly recommended from Bells former assistant coach, Damon Lessler," said Bells general manager Nick Caples. "We are excited to have Chris on the roster as he provides another great arm for pitching coach Jim Clem to work with this summer. Fans likely will see some strong strikeout totals from him this summer, as he's struck out 37 batters in 41 innings so far this spring."

         Johnny Sewald, a freshman at Arizona State, is an outfielder from Las Vegas, NV.  A four-year letterman in baseball, and four-time state champion, Sewald was 1st-team All State in 2011 and 2012, and All-Southern Nevada from 2010 through 2012.  One of the fastest members on the Sun Devils, Sewald clocked a 6.5 60-yard dash, to go along with a .440 batting average as a high school senior.  A graduate of Bishop Gorman HS, the 5’11 outfielder was selected by the Orioles in the 34th round of the 2012 MLB draft, but he elected to head to Tempe in hopes of getting to Omaha and winning the College World Series.  Sewald joins RJ Ybarra and Chris Beall as Sun Devils on the 2013 roster.

         "Johnny Sewald is going to be a very exciting player to watch at Joe Martin Field this summer," said Caples. "He will be the fastest player on the roster, and fit in great with Coach Hatch's style of play. Not only can he fly around the bases, but he covers a tremendous amount of ground in the outfield which helps him play exceptional defense."

About the Bellingham Bells

The Bellingham Bells are a summer collegiate, wood bat baseball team and a member of the West Coast League.  During the months of June, July & August, the Bells compete in a 57-game season, playing home games at Joe Martin Field in Bellingham and traveling to compete with other WCL teams in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. The Bells strive to contribute to a strong and vibrant community through affordable, family-friendly entertainment. 

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