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Bells Sign Two from Top-Ranked LC State

04/29/2010 11:42 AMOne of the best pitchers in the West Coast League during the 2009 season is returning to Bellingham this summer and he’s bringing his own catcher. Bells ace and former Oregon State pitcher Tyrell Poggemeyer will be back in a Bells uniform in 2010 and was instrumental in recruiting Kawika Emsley-Pai, a member of the Texas Longhorns 2008 Big 12 Tournament Championship squad.

Poggemeyer has been a consistent contributor to the success the Bells have both on and off the field since first joining the ballclub in 2007. In 2009, Poggemeyer posted a 4-1 record with the league’s eighth-best earned run average (2.17). He also registered one shutout and fanned 43 batters—third best among fellow WCL pitchers. Following the 2009 campaign, Poggemeyer was selected to the First Team All-WCL as was among the league’s top vote getters for the honor.

Out of high school, Poggemeyer signed to play at Oregon State University following back-to-back NCAA titles for the Beavers. After one season at OSU, Poggemeyer transferred to Skagit Valley College where he played for current Bells head coach Kevin Matthews. In his final season with the Cardinals, Poggemeyer posted an 8-2 record, one save, and a 0.94 earned run average.

Poggemeyer is now a junior at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. In his first season with the NAIA’s nationally top-ranked Warriors, Poggemeyer has a 3-1 record with a 2.11 earned run average and ranks among the team leaders with 36 strikeouts in 38 1/3 innings pitched.

“Tyrell has been with the team for a number of years and has really connected with our fans,” said Bells general manager Justin Stottlemyre. “We know every time he gets the ball he’s treating that game like it’s a championship game. He’s been successful everywhere he’s played and has really turned into one of the premier pitchers in the West Coast League. We are definitely excited to be able to have him return to the top of our rotation.”

Emsley-Pai signed to play for the five-time national champion Texas Longhorns after graduating from H.M. Jackson High School in Mill Creek, Wash. In his first season with the Longhorns, Emsley-Pai saw action in 14 games, including two starts, and helped Texas capture its third Big 12 Conference tournament title.

Now a junior at Lewis-Clark State College, the switch-hitting catcher/outfielder has a .344 batting average with 10 doubles. Emsley-Pai has also demonstrated his patience at the plate this season by drawing 19 walks and striking out just seven times in 90 at-bats.

“It doesn’t get too much better than being recruited to play at the University of Texas when it comes to college baseball,” Stottlemyre said. “With a Big 12 tournament title in his pocket, Kawika is going to have to be a leader on this team whether he’s catching, playing in the outfield, or watching from the dugout. He brings a level of experience playing for two of the best programs at the NCAA and NAIA levels that is going to help set the tone for the Bells this summer.”

The Bellingham Bells kick off their 2010 season Friday, June 4 at Joe Martin Field against the Kelowna Falcons. Great single, 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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