A two-run home run by Eric Filia-Snyder helped the Wenatchee AppleSox to a 4-1 win over the Bells Monday, giving the AppleSox the series victory.
Though Bellingham had solid pitching throughout the contest, Wenatchee struck first with two runs in the fifth inning. After a Travis Forbes single and Breland Almadova walk, Erik Munzer came to the plate and drew a wild pitch, giving the AppleSox runners at second and third.
Munzer then grounded out to second, scoring Forbes. The next hitter, Adam Nelubowich, caught everyone by surprise with a bunt; Almadova scored on the play as Nelubowich reached safely.
Though the Bells got on the board with a run in the seventh inning, they nearly tied the game. Derek Atkinson reached on a leadoff walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Pat Gallagher. With two outs, Nick Rulli singled to right field, bringing in Atkinson. Rulli moved to second on the throw.
Jerry McClanahan then ripped a ground ball up the middle, only to have Andrew Daniel snag it and throw him out at first, likely preventing a run.
Filia-Snyder gave Wenatchee a cushion when he lined a fastball over the right-field wall in the eighth for two more runs. Ryan Barnes had walked earlier in the inning.
Kai Hatch led off the ninth with a single up the middle and eventually stole second, giving the Bells hope. However, Wenatchee pitcher Mike Murray retired the next three batters to end the game.
Chris Howard gave the Bells a solid start, allowing two runs on six hits in five innings. He was relieved by Jack Vander Linden, who pitched two scoreless innings.
The Bells are now 20-25 on the year and are tied with Walla Walla for the final playoff spot in the East Division. Bellingham will begin their final regular-season home series at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday against Kitsap.