The Bellingham Bells returned to their dominant pitching form in their balanced 4-2 win over the Walla Walla Sweets on Thursday.
Bellingham got five innings of solid baseball from the starter Nick Hull who then turned it over to Davis Baille who worked three scoreless innings to get the Bells to the ninth inning and Ben Leeper shut the door in the final frame.
The Bells scored the first run of the game in the top of the third inning after a two-out single by Matt James followed by a Dusty Stroup triple.
Walla Walla scored two in the bottom of the fourth inning to take their first lead of the game after Hull allowed three straight base hits to open up the inning.
Hull would settle in though and retire the next six batters to get through the fifth inning.
The Bells tied the game in the fifth after Ernie Yake doubled to lead off the inning and scored after Jack Machtolf grounded out.
Baille entered the game in the sixth and allowed a double to the first man he faced but settled in and retired the next eight batters.
It took the Bells a few more innings before they broke through again in the run column but in the eighth inning it happened.
Connor Mack reached on an error to start the inning and Cody Pasic doubled to follow and Mack came home to score on on a wild pitch to give the Bells a 3-2 lead. They would add another run on an RBI groundout by Matt McLain to make it 4-2.
Leeper would come on in the ninth inning and strike out the side to record his second save of the year and give the Bells their 24th win on the year.
Bellingham will have a chance to win the series on Friday at 7:05.