Despite falling behind 3-0 to Cowlitz in the fourth inning, Bellingham bounced back with a four-run fifth inning to take the lead en route to their 11th win at home.
Third baseman Ben Ruff led the come-from-behind victory with a two-run single to center field in the fifth inning—it was his second hit of the night. Charlie Markson also added a pair of hits with a single in the third and a double in the fifth.
Starter James Wise improved to 4-0 on the season with after pitching eight innings. Wise only allowed the Black Bears to score in the fourth inning and struck out nine batters on the night. Wise gave way Ruff in the ninth inning as the two-way player picked up his league-leading eighth save which included a pair of strikeouts.
The Bells and Black Bears play game two of the series at Joe Martin Field on Tuesday, July 13 with the first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m. Tickets for Tuesday’s game are available by calling the Bells Ticket Office at 527-1035. Fans can also tune in to AM 930 KBAI or visit www.BellinghamBells.com to catch all the action.