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Bells Sign Three As Season Nears

05/25/2010 2:08 PMThe Bellingham Bells are close to finishing off their 2010 roster with opening night just 10 days away. On Tuesday (May 25), the Bells announced the additions of pitcher Cordell Greene, infielder Cody Regis, and outfielder/pitcher Mark Purser.

Greene is wrapping up his sophomore year at Des Moines Area Community College, although it is his first year with the team. Before arriving in Iowa, the Seattle-area native was instrumental to the success of the Indiana State University Sycamores in 2009, when he posted a 3-2 record in 36 innings—the most of any pitcher in the ISU bullpen. This year, with DMACC, Greene has put together a 3-2 record with a 5.31 ERA in 39 innings with 50 strikeouts.

“Cordell is one of the best small college pitchers in the country, and we’re thrilled to have him aboard for this season. He’s familiar with the area having grown up in the Seattle area and is looking to sign on with a regional NCAA Division I baseball program,” said Bells general manager Justin Stottlemyre.

Regis is in the midst of his freshman campaign at UCLA. The 19 years old stepped in as the starting third-baseman for the Bruins and has been instrumental to his team’s success with UCLA currently ranked No. 7 in the country in the most recent USA Today poll. Regis is hitting .295 from the right side and has started 38 of UCLA’s 52 games this season.

“We pride ourselves on bringing in a mix of experienced and new college players,” said Stottlemyre, “and Cody is one of the rare underclassmen that have really excelled in the Pac-10. He’s going to see a lot of time on the left side of the infield for us this summer.”

Purser, who returns for his second season with the Bells, will be one of Bellingham’s most useful and versatile players this summer. In his first season at Oklahoma City University, he split time in the outfield and on the mound. Entering the NAIA World Series, Purser has amassed a.402 batting average with 51 runs batted in and 10 home runs. As a pitcher, the Spokane, Wash., native showed great prowess as a reliever, going 2-0 with a 2.89 ERA.

“We’re going to be at a great advantage having Mark on the club again this year,” said Stottlemyre. “He’s grown tremendously as a player of the last nine months and the chance to have such a versatile talent as Mark on the team again this year is going to be a great benefit for our club and coaching staff.”

The Bells open their 2010 campaign June 4, 2010, at Joe Martin Field against the Kelowna Falcons at 6:35 p.m. Fans will be treated to an Opening Night fireworks following the action thanks to Silver Reef Casino. The game will be broadcast live on local radio at AM 930 KBAI and online at www.bellinghambells.com. Group and season tickets are still available; for tickets, you can reach the Bells Ticket Office 527-1035.

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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Bellingham, WA 98229

(360) 527-1035