After leaving 12 men on base the night before, the Bellingham Bells made up for it Saturday night defeating the Cowlitz Black Bears 13-3. Six different Bells had multi-hit games including a 4-5 night from Andrew Ely, totaling 19 hits.
The Cowlitz Black Bears for the second straight night scored first, in the top of the third inning. Bells starting pitcher Andrew Olson allowed a one out single to Brian Carroll who would come around to score on a throwing error by Bells first basemen Rouric Bridgewater to give the Black Bears a 1-0 lead.
The Bells would strike right back in the bottom of the third inning against Cowlitz starter, and former Bell Leko Galusha. Bells designated hitter Michael Leach hit a one out single and advanced to third on a hit and run single from Johnny Farrington to put runners at the corners. Next batter Andrew Ely tied the game at one with an RBI single. Jarel Lewis followed that up with an infield RBI single which gave the Bells a 2-1 lead after three innings.
The Bells offense just exploded in the bottom of the fourth inning against Galusha. The inning started with back to back singles from Nate Causey and Derek Atkinson who were both moved over on a sacrifice bunt by Des Santos. Jake Peevyhouse brought home a run on a fielder’s choice to give the Bells a 3-1 lead. Rouric Bridgewater would follow with a two run single to give the Bells a 5-1 lead. Michael Leach and Andrew Ely would follow with RBI singles as well to stretch the lead to 7-1 after 4 innings.
The Bells offense was not done yet and continued to pour it on in the bottom of the sixth inning. Cowlitz pitcher Ian Ekery gave up back to back one out singles to Andrew Ely and Jarel Lewis which was followed by back to back RBI singles from Nate Causey and Derek Atkinson to give the Bells a 9-1 lead. Des Santos walked to load the bases, which was followed by a Jake Peevyhouse RBI fielder’s choice and a run scoring passed ball by Cowlitz to give the Bells an 11-1 lead. Michael Leach would add two more with a two run single to give him a three hit and three RBI night which give the Bells an impressive 13-1 lead.
Bells starter Andrew Olson struggled to find the plate at times, walking five batters, but had a very solid outing nonetheless. Olson only allowed one run on three hits in seven innings pitched, striking out five batters and earning his fourth win of the season. Bells reliever Chris Harper would give up two late inning Cowlitz runs but would limit the damage and give the Bells a 13-3 victory.
It was a success on and off the field as the Bells were raising money for St. Baldrick’s cancer research foundation Saturday night, as many of the Bells players shaved their heads to help fight childhood cancer. The Bells and Black Bears will play the rubber game of the series tomorrow at 6:05 PM at Joe Martin Field.