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Bellingham Bells off to a hot start

Bellingham Bells player Jesse Kuet pops the ball up in the Bells 0-5 loss to the Kitsap Blue Jackets on Saturday, June 27, at Joe Martin Field.  Photo by Jake Tull
Bellingham Bells player Jesse Kuet pops the ball up in the Bells 0-5 loss to the Kitsap Blue Jackets on Saturday, June 27, at Joe Martin Field. Photo by Jake Tull

Summer is here, which means the Bellingham Bells, a local collegiate baseball team, has started its season.

So far the Bells are off to a great start – with 12 wins and 8 losses, they lead the West Division of the West Coast League.

For Bellingham locals hoping to see some games, the Bells have various promotions throughout the summer that aim to bring in crowds to the games.

One of the more popular fan promotions is the $2 Tuesday nights at Joe Martin Field, said Stephanie Morrell, assistant general manager.

Whenever the Bells have a home game on Tuesday nights, the team offers discounted $2 tickets after attendees purchase one ticket at a regular price. Additionally, some food and beverage options at the stadium are $2, including nachos and select beer, Morell said.

Other promotions that the Bells feature includes Veteran night, throwback Thursdays, family days and games that finish with a fireworks show, Morrell said.

“We want to keep a good balance of what folks like and give them a reason to come down to the ballpark,” Morrell said.

As for the team, the Bells are looking to build off the success of their 2014 season. After going 37-17 last year, the Bells found themselves winning the league  championship for the first time in the team’s history, according to the team’s website. Last year, the Bells averaged 1,478 fans every home game, with a total of 47,307 fans throughout the entire season, according to the team’s website.

However, this is not the same team as last year, Morrell said. There are just six returning players from the championship winning team, with the remaining slots being filled with players that are brand new to the organization.

Dane Siegfried, a 2013 Western graduate who is going on his second season as an assistant coach for the Bells, talked about the struggles of getting new players.

“It always takes a little bit of time for guys to get to know each other,” Siegfried said. “But that’s part of the process, and that’s what summer baseball is all about.”

Siegfried said he is hopeful for the upcoming season and is proud of the success that the team has found so far. He said he hopes the level of play will stay high for the fans that attend the home games, as he believes going to a Bells game is a very unique experience.

“It is a very intimate setting,” Siegfried said. “It is great for families, but it is also great to bring some college friends and sit out on the hill, like I used to do.”

The next Bellingham Bells game is Tuesday, June 29, at 7:05 p.m at Joe Martin Field.

Correction: A previous version of this story misstated the types of food available for $2 on $2 Tuesday nights at Bellingham Bells games. 

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