The Bellingham Bells fought off the surging Corvallis Knights throughout Monday’s 12-inning affair to take the opening game of the three-game series 3-1.
Bellingham lead 2-1 heading into the ninth inning when Corvallis evened the score, sending the game into extra innings. After several extra frames, Bells second baseman Junnior Dishmey-Perez hit a ball through the middle of the infield to plate Sam Richter for the game-winning run.
Brandon Andreini, making his first start for the Bells, allowed just one unearned run in 8 1/3 innings on the bump. Andreini surrendered just six hits and escaped multiple jams including a pair of bases-loaded, inning ending, double plays. J.J. McLeod tossed 2 2/3 innings of relief before Ben Ruff retired the side in the 12th inning to pick up the win in his Bells.
All but two Bellingham batters produced hits in the winning effort, including shortstop Frank Desico who went 2-for-5 and singled to load the bases for Perez in the 12th.
The win moved the Bells to 2-1 on the young season as Corvallis dropped to 1-3.
Bellingham and Corvallis return to the field for $2 Tuesday at the Joe Martin Field. First pitch for the game is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. and tickets are still available by calling the Bells Ticket Office at 527-1035. Fans can enjoy $2 Grandstand Reserved tickets with the purchase of one at the regular price as well as $2 drinks throughout the ballgame.