After being on the road for two weeks, the Bellingham Bells came back home and celebrated the Fourth of July by sweeping both games of the double header against the Corvallis Knights. The Bells did not allow a run in either game, winning 3-0 in game one and 1-0 in game two, shutting out a very good Corvallis Knights baseball team through 14 innings.
In game one of the double header, Bells pitcher Sean Hartnett continued his dominance over the Corvallis Knights, pitching sixth shutout innings only allowing two hits and striking out four. Hartnett did not allow a hit until the fifth inning and really kept the Knights hitters off balance the whole game. In 14 innings pitched against the Knights this year, Hartnett has not allowed a run and has only allowed three hits total.
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth inning when the Bells finally broke through. Corvallis starter Jorge Perez pitched was in a groove and retired the first two batters of the inning but had some bad luck as Nate Causey reached on a strikeout due to dropped pitch from catcher Alex Barr. The next batter was Derek Atkinson who looped a ball out into shallow left field where Corvallis shortstop Nate Roberts and leftfielder Nate Blackham collided and failed to come up with the ball. Nate Causey came around to score and Derek Atkinson reached second base on an RBI double to give the Bells a 1-0 lead. The next batter, Kai Hatch singled into left field which brought Atkinson home to give the Bells a 2-0 lead.
The Bells added another run in the fifth inning on an RBI double from Andrew Ely which stretched their lead to 3-0. Bells reliever Karl Myers secured the win in the top of the seventh retiring the Knights in order to give the Bells the game one victory.
The Bells starting pitching has been absolutely brilliant this year and game two of the double header was no different as starter Corey Carma shut the Knights down through seven innings. Carma earned the complete game shutout victory only allowing four hits. Carma benefited from great defense behind him including two timely double plays.
Corvallis starter A.J. Burke pitched equally as well through the first five innings; only allowing one hit but ran into a little trouble in the bottom of the sixth inning. Bells right fielder Jonny Locher worked a leadoff walk and then was bunted over to second by DH Grant Fink. That brought up Bells left fielder Michael Gerlach who singled to put runners on first and third with one out. That brought up Bells second basemen Johnny Farrington who delivered an absolutely perfect bunt which brought home Locher to give the Bells a 1-0 lead.
Carma came back out to finish the game in the top of the seventh inning and quickly retired the first two batters of the inning. With two outs Corvallis catcher Alex Barr lined a ball of the top of the wall in left field, just shy of a home run to tie the game, for a double. Carma avoided any further damage and retired Nick Torres on a fly ball to center to end the game.
The Bellingham Bells will go for the sweep of the Knights Thursday night at 7:05 PM which will be followed by a postgame firework show.
Game 1 Boxscore: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscore.html?gameid=103250
Game 2 Boxscore: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscore.html?gameid=64414