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Bats Lead Kitsap to Sweep of Bells

06/12/2011 10:46 PMThrough Saturday night, there had not been a home run hit by either team in any of the Bells five games. Sunday, there were two- by the same person. Kitsap’s Claude Johnson hit a pair of balls over the left-field wall to lead his team to a 10-1 victory and series sweep of the Bells.

Kitsap’s bats produced 12 hits as the team got out to a quick lead, scoring two runs in the second on Johnson’s first home run. The fourth inning proved to be costly for the Bells as Kitsap’s leadoff hitter reached on an error and with two outs the BlueJackets got five runs, all unearned.

Gavin Hite was effective on the mound for the BlueJackets, giving up one run in five innings on his way to receiving the win. Conor Cook pitched the last four innings without giving up a hit.

Offensively, the Bells had singles from Ben Grubb and Jeff Calhoon, both in the third inning. In that same inning, Eric Lane scored the Bells run on a designed double steal called by coach Gary Hatch.

Leko Galusha got the start for the Bells, going four innings and giving up seven runs, though only two were earned. The Bells got good production from their relief pitchers, with Nick Palewicz, Jack Vander Linden, and Richie Ochoa combining to give up three runs in five innings.

Johnson hit his second blast in the seventh inning to provide the ballgame’s final margin.

The Bells begin a six-game road trip Monday in Kitsap with a game scheduled to begin at 6:35 p.m.

About the Bellingham Bells

The Bellingham Bells are a summer collegiate, wood bat baseball team and a member of the West Coast League.  During the months of June, July & August, the Bells compete in a 57-game season, playing home games at Joe Martin Field in Bellingham and traveling to compete with other WCL teams in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. The Bells strive to contribute to a strong and vibrant community through affordable, family-friendly entertainment. 

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