Trailing 2-0 after five innings, the Bells (17-12) fought back to tie the game in the seventh inning only to fall behind again in the home half of the inning as the BlueJackets (12-10) pieced together a two-out rally.
Wise (3-1) pitched seven complete innings for Bellingham and allowed all three Kitsap runs—two earned—while striking out nine batters, but ultimately was tagged with his first loss of the season. Seaman replaced Wise in the eighth inning and struck out a pair of batters.
Bellingham’s Junnior Dishmey-Perez led off the ninth inning with a single and advanced all the way to third before the BlueJackets struck out the final batter of the game.
Chris Pierce and Cody Regis led the Bells at the plate. Both collected a pair of hits and Regis, playing in just his second game with Bellingham after wrapping up play at the College World Series with UCLA, drove in the Bells’ first run of the night in the sixth inning.
The Bells and BlueJackets wrap up their current three-game series on Thursday, July 8, at the Kitsap Fairgrounds. The rubber match is slated to begin at 7:05 p.m. and all the action can be heard live at www.BellinghamBells.com.
NOTES: Bellingham boasts the second best winning percentage in the West Coast League at .586 trailing only the Bend Elks (.739)… The Bells have played 29 league games through July 7, three more games than any other team in the league and 10 more games than the Cowlitz Black Bears (19 games)… Bellingham has stolen 68 bases, 30 more stolen bags than any other WCL team and just 14 shy of the league record of 82 set by Moses Lake in 2007… Bellingham’s pitching staff has the league’s lowest combined earned run average at 2.81—over 40 points lower than any other WCL team.