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Crescenta Valley High graduate Trevor Bell stays perfect in Pensacola

Baseball: Crescenta Valley High graduate has yet to give up a run through seven innings with new minor league team.

June 21, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • ARCHIVE PHOTO: After a stint with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Crescenta Valley High graduate Trevor Bell is trying to catch on with the Cincinnati Reds with their double-A team, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.
ARCHIVE PHOTO: After a stint with the Los Angeles Angels… (Mark Dustin/Staff…)

The following are updates on local baseball players at the minor league level.

Trevor Bell (Crescenta Valley High, 2005) pitcher, Pensacola Blue Wahoos: Maybe it will keep on getting better for the former Falcon.

After picking up his first save of the year since signing with the Cincinnati this season, Bell pitched a spotless inning for the first time with the Tigers double-A affiliate Sunday.

While he didn’t get the save, Bell is showing he’s a reliable late-inning arm, as he pitched the final inning of the 4-0 Pensacola win. It took Bell all of 11 pitches to end the game.

The Crescenta Valley High graduate was called on to throw two more innings Friday night in a 9-3 win over the Montgomery Biscuits. Bell was spectacular again, as he allowed just one walk and struck out two batters to keep his earned-run average spotless this season.

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Through seven innings, Bell has struck out more batters (nine) than base runners allowed (five — three walks, two hits) for a tidy 0.71 WHIP.

Pensacola isn’t fairing as well as Bell with a 27-45 record on the year. The Wahoos placed last in the Southern League South Division’s first half of the season with a 25-44 record. They’re up near the top of the second-half race with a 2-1 record that has them tied for second place.

Fernando Valenzuela, Jr. (St. Francis High, 2000) designated hitter/first baseman, Leones de Yucatan: After having his five-game hitting streak snapped in the first part of a doubleheader Wednesday, it didn’t long for Valenzuela Jr. to get back in the swing of things.

The former Golden Knight and Glendale Community College slugger bounced back with a one-for-three game Wednesday night. After a day off, he started another hitting streak with a one-for-three game with a run batted in in a 6-4 win against the Broncos de Reynosa Friday night.

Valenzuela’s recent hitting streak was more impressive considering it was a four-game, multi-hit streak.

He went two for four with two singles and two runs batted in a 9-5 win over the Vaqueros de la Laguna June 11. He was three for three with an RBI in an 11-6 loss to the Vaqueros the next day, before going two for four with two doubles in an 8-3 loss to the same team on June 13. He capped it off with a two-for-four game that included a double and three runs in an 11-3 thumping of Acereros del Norte on June 14.

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