Teams have been selected for the 2013 West Coast League All-Star Game, which takes place on July 23rd at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria, Canada.
Of the 24 players selected for the North roster, five will represent the Bellingham Bells in the events in Victoria. “We have many more all-stars than the five who were selected,” said Bells pitching coach Jim Clem. Three position players, and two pitchers will head to the game from Bellingham, including 3/4 of the Bells starting infield. “It’s indicative of the talent of infielders we have,” said Bells manager Gary Hatch. “They come from well respected programs, and are not only good players, but good people as well.”
One of four first baseman on the North roster, Eric Angerer is one of five Bells who received the honor. Angerer has appeared in a team high 31 games for Bellingham, and has hit .257, with a home run and is tied for the team lead with 14 RBI’s. “Eric has played an outstanding first base, and his hustle is always 100%,” said Hatch.
The lone second baseman on the North squad is Ryan Yamane. The Bells leader in stolen bases, Yamane has also appeared in all but one game in 2013. The infielder from the University of Northern Colorado has hit at a .298 clip and has scored the most runs on the team, crossing home plate 19 times.
Rounding out the trio of infielders headed to Victoria is Burnaby native Alex Calbick, who plays for the Bells after spending the past two summers in the Cape Cod League. The third baseman is the 2nd leading hitter in the league, as he’s hit .394 as of July 16th. Calbick gets a chance to play even closer to home in Victoria, after leading the Bells in almost every offensive statistic in the first half of the season.
Nate Cole represents the Bells as a starting pitcher, a role in which he’s excelled this season. Cole currently has the 4th best ERA in the league among qualified pitchers, at 1.99. The Texas righty is tied for the team lead in wins with three, and has given up more than one run just once in six appearances.
The final representative of the Bells is closer Marc Huberman. The USC lefty didn’t allow an earned run until his 13th outing of the season. Huberman posts a 1.10 ERA with a team high four saves, while leading the Bells with 14 appearances. After limited action in his freshman season at USC, he has excelled in the closing opportunity for the Bells.
These five Bells will represent Bellingham after receiving the honor earlier this week. The Bells play three on the road before the break, and then six afterwards, but Hatch doesn’t think it will effect these five. “It’s always tough for the guys in the game, but they’ll bring the same energy and focus to Victoria that they bring to Joe Martin Field. We are proud of them, and expect them to represent the Bells well at the game and the rest of the season.”
The All-Star festivities kick off on Tuesday, July 23 at 5 PM with the home run derby, and first pitch of the North vs. South battle is scheduled for 7:05 at the Royal Athletic Park in Victoria.