The Bells are excited to announce the addition of Columbia University pitcher Cole Hage and battery from California State University San Bernardino, pitcher Austyn Coleman and catcher Giovanni Del Negro.
Hage is a sophomore at Columbia and has a slash line of .293/.419/.457 so far this spring. Before Columbia, he graduated from Davies High School in Fargo, North Dakota in 2020 where he set the single season batting average (.419) as a junior in 2019.
“Cole is an athletic player that brings versatility to a line up,” Bells head coach Adam Geaslen said. “He displays a mature approach and has power to all fields.”
Del Negro is a sophomore at CSU San Bernardino and graduated from Etiwanda High School in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., in 2019. This season he has played in 34 games with the Coyotes and is batting .363 with 15 games to go before the postseason.
“Gio is a physical right-handed bat that we look to make a significant impact in the middle of the lineup,” Geaslen said. “Gio truly is a gamer that plays hard every night.”
Del Negro’s teammate, RHP Austyn Coleman, also graduated from Etiwanda High School in 2019 and is a sophomore at CSU San Bernardino. Coleman has thrown 41.2 innings so far this spring and has a 3.02 ERA with 35 K’s.
“Austyn is a strike thrower,” Geaslen said. “We will look to him to give us quality innings in a starting role. His command of his secondary pitches allows him to keep hitters off balance.”
All three 2022 Bells will bring valuable college-level experience into the lineup this summer.
The Bells Opening Day is May 31, 2022, against the Springfield Drifters at Joe Martin Field.