Way, Bellingham to begin West Coast League playoffs Tuesday

August 8, 2015

Brian Way baseball

Brian Way

When the Bellingham Bells begin the West Coast League playoffs on Tuesday they will have Brian Way of Sitka closing the door.

The 20-year-old has kept his job all season as closer, a feast-or-famine role that can make a lot of guys wilt under the pressure.

Way had stood tall, converting all eight save opportunities and winning all four decisions.

Overall, Way has recorded a 1.50 ERA in 18 appearances with 23 strikeouts in 24 innings.

The defending champion Bellingham Bells [32-20] won the West Division to secure one of four playoff berths in the wood-bat summer league in the Pacific Northwest.

“I think this team has just as good of a shot to win it all as anyone else,” Way told me.

Way, of Sitka High fame, will be a sophomore at Edmonds Community College in Washington.

Last college season he helped Edmonds make it to the NWAC playoffs. Before that he helped Sitka win the Alaska high school state title.

His winning makeup on the mound is off the charts. He commands the zone and tames hitters.

“Just being able to locate all my pitches and having the confidence to throw them in any count has helped,” he said.