The Bellingham Bells defeated the Kitsap BlueJackets 3-2 Thursday night on a walk-off RBI double from catcher Jarel Lewis in the bottom of the 10th inning. Lewis had three hits on the night, extending his hitting streak to eight games now as he continues to hit the ball extremely well.
The game was close the whole way as BlueJackets’ starter Mitch Bluman and Bells’ starter Taylor Nicholson pitched very well and worked very fast. There was no scoring until the bottom of the third inning, when once again the Bells scored first. Mitch Bluman walked the leadoff hitter Johnny Farrington on four pitches who then stole second and was brought home on an RBI double from Kai Hatch to give the Bells a 1-0 lead. Hatch was brought home two batters later on a sacrifice fly from Nate Causey, his league leading 10th RBI of the season, to put the Bells up 2-0 after three innings.
Bells starter Taylor Nicholson pitched six strong innings only giving up one run on a fifth inning sacrifice fly from Curtis Wildung to cut the Bells lead to 2-1. Nicholson only allowed two hits on the night and struck out five BlueJackets and put the Bell’s in position to win the game. Kitsap starter Mitch Bluman pitched very well on the night as well, going eight innings and limiting the Bells to the two runs in the third inning.
Bells reliever Karl Myers replaced Nicholson in the seventh inning and pitched two scoreless innings, maintaining the Bells slim 2-1 lead. Mark Lambson came on in the ninth for the Bells with a chance to pick up the save but he started off the inning by walking the leadoff hitter Alan Hewey. Hewey advanced to second on a passed ball and then was brought home on a Francisco Tellez single that went off of Bells’ third basemen Grant Fink’s glove and into left field. That tied the game at 2-2, and the game was sent to extra innings after the Bells were retired in order in the bottom of the ninth.
Mark Lambson escaped from a first and third jam in the top of the tenth inning to keep the game tied. In the bottom of the 10th, Kitsap brought on Mason Stidham to pitch and quickly retired the first two batters of the inning. Then the Bells started a two out rally with a walk worked by Johnny Farrington who then stole second base on close play. The BlueJackets decided to walk Kai Hatch to set up the force at any base, but that brought up the Bells’ hottest hitter, Jarel Lewis, who already had two hits on the night. Lewis pounded the second pitch he saw into the left center field gap which brought home Farrington and gave the Bells a 3-2 walk-off victory.
The Bells and BlueJackets will play the third and final game of the series Friday night at 7:05 PM.