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Notre Dame's Desico, Markson Sign with Bells

04/21/2010 3:57 PMCharlie MarksonThe Bellingham Bells have added a pair of Notre Dame freshmen to the 2010 roster with second-baseman Frank Desico and outfielder Charlie Markson (pictured at right) signing with the West Coast League team.

Desico quickly jumped into a starting role for the Fighting Irish during his freshman campaign. The Cleveland, Ohio native made his collegiate debut on Feb. 21 and has posted a .330 batting average in 31 games so far this season—including 28 starts. On April 6, Desico led Notre Dame with a 4-for-4 performance at the plate which included his first collegiate home run.

Markson is batting for a .278 average in his first year at Notre Dame. A highly versatile player from Whitefish Bay, Wis., Markson saw time at shortstop, outfield, and even on the mound as a high school player. In his first game in the field on Feb. 21, Markson went 2-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored and three runs batted in.

“The addition of these two players from the Big East Conference speaks volumes about the talent level that is going to be on display at Joe Martin Field this season,” said Bells general manager Justin Stottlemyre. “Coach (Kevin) Matthews and this organization have worked extremely hard during the off-season to put together what we believe to be one of the most competitive teams in the West Coast League and Frank and Charlie are great examples of the growth the Bells are experiencing both on and off the field.”

The Bellingham Bells kick off their 12th season June 4, 2010 at Joe Martin Field against the Kelowna Falcons. Great season and group tickets are still available for the 2010 campaign by calling the Bells Ticket Office at 360-746-0406. Fans can also find out more about how to purchase season, group, and individual game tickets by visiting www.bellinghambells.com.

About the Bellingham Bells
The Bellingham Bells are a professionally operated collegiate summer baseball team in the West Coast League. The team is owned and operated by Brett Sports & Entertainment which includes Major League Baseball Hall of Famer George Brett and Brett Sports managing partner Bobby Brett. The Bellingham Bells strive 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 produced a number of Major League products including Jeff Francis of the 2007 National League Champion Colorado Rockies and Whatcom County natives Ty Taubenheim and Kevin Richardson.

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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