Former Squalicum baseball standout Ernie Yake has agreed to play this summer for the Bellingham Bells during the 2017 West Coast League season.
Yake is a freshman at Gonzaga, where the infielder is expected to redshirt.
Before joining the Bulldogs, Yake was one of the top players in Whatcom County. At Squalicum as a senior last spring, Yake hit .525 with 24 runs batted in and 16 stolen bases, earning Northwest Conference MVP and first-team All-State honors. Yake was a two-time All-State selection and three-time All-NWC honoree with the Storm. Yake also played Legion ball for Bellingham Post 7, racking up 53 runs scored and a .470 average during last summer.
“Ernie is fun to watch,” Bells general manager Stephanie Morrell said. “As a player, he’s incredibly athletic and versatile. Beyond that, he is a hard worker and a great teammate. Ernie is a great addition to the roster who will really help the Bells this summer.”
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Yake joins second-year Bell Josh Zavisubin – a Sehome product – on the Bells this summer. Bellingham is scheduled to open its season June 2 when it hosts the Gresham GreyWolves at Joe Martin Field.