Area's Bell is rung twice

June 18, 2004

Hamlet Nalbandyan

They share the same surname. They played the same position. And they

each had excellent 2004 campaigns.

But the similarities don't end there for Crescenta Valley High

junior Trevor Bell and La Canada senior Erik Bell, as the two

standout shortstops were named to their respective All-CIF Southern

Section/Amateur Athletic Foundation baseball teams.


Trevor Bell was named to the Division I first team after earning

Pacific League Most Valuable Player honors.

Erik Bell was selected to the Division IV first team after a

season in which he earned first-team All-Rio Hondo League honors.

In addition to the two Bells, Corona del Mar Coach John Emme -- a

St. Francis graduate and former Glendale resident -- was named coach

of the year in Division IV.

Emme won his second CIF championship as a coach, in addition to

capturing the crown in 1999.

"This was probably the strongest team in school history," said

Emme of this year's squad. "We started out 2-4, and finished the year

25-5, including 15-0 in a league that produced three of the four

semifinalists in our division.

Speaking of great seasons, Trevor Bell -- who earned his second

league MVP honor in three years -- had a season to remember for the

Falcons. On the mound, he posted a 1.48 earned-run average, striking

out 97 in 66 innings and walking just six.

At the plate, he hit .465 with an area-leading eight home runs and

30 runs batted.

Erik Bell hit a league-best .463 and scored 30 runs, while driving

in 13. He finished with three home runs, seven doubles, four triples

and a .763 slugging percentage.

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