Eight players from the 2021 Bellingham Bells roster have been recognized with All-West Coast League honors, the league announced today.
“It’s my tremendous pleasure every year,” said West Coast League Commissioner Rob Neyer, “to announce the WCL’s All-League teams. Considering the WCL’s position as the premier summer collegiate baseball league in the entire western half of the continent, saying our teams represent ‘the best of the west’ is hardly an exaggeration.”
Lewis-Clark State pitcher Eric Chavarria was named first-team all-league and was also honored as the league’s Pitcher of the Year. Chavarria led the WCL with an ERA of 1.83 in 11 outings.
Lower Columbia College’s Daniel Gernon was named to the second team. Gernon led the team in stolen bases and was a team leader in many offensive categories, finishing the season with a .250 average in 208 at bats.
Six players were named Honorable Mention All-WCL, including Hunter Alberini (Umpqua CC), Ryan Beitel (British Columbia), Emilio Corona (Washington), Malakhi Knight (UCLA), Bennett Lee (Tulane) and Ty Saunders (Portland).
“We are thrilled to see our players recognized in this way,” Bells general manager Stephanie Morrell said. “Each and every one of these players is a phenomenal athlete with tremendous potential. They are also extraordinary human beings who represented our team well. We are very proud to see them honored.”