Jared Fisher went the distance for the Bell, but took the loss in game one.
The Bellingham Bells drop game one of the pivotal four game series against the first place Wenatchee Applesox, 5-3.
Bells starter Jared Fisher ran into early trouble as the Applesox scored in the bottom of the first. Stephen Ventimilia led off with an infield single. After stealing second and advancing to third on a fly ball, Ventimilia would score on another infield single from Taylor Sparks. Then in the second inning the Applesox added to their lead following a lead off triple from Ryan Howell, 8th place hitter Tyler Schultz brought him home with an RBI groundout.
Bellingham would strike back with two runs in the top of the third. Andrew Ely and Derek Atkinson reached on back-to-back hits. Jarel Lewis drove home Ely with a single, Des Santos followed with a sacrifice fly to tie the game 2-2.
The score remained 2-2 into the seventh inning. Designated hitter Michael Leach got on via an error. With two outs, Ely belted a double off the base of the right center field wall brining in Leach and giving the Bells their first lead of the game.
The Applesox wouldn’t trail for long. In the bottom of the seventh Cabe Reiten and Ty Moore hit singles bringing up the WCL’s best hitter, Mitchell Gunsolus. On the first pitch he saw, Gunsolus hit his second homerun of the season over the right field fence, making the scored 5-3.
The win went to K.J. Edson, 6-0 this year. Edson came on in relief and pitched four innings allowing one unearned run on two hits. Bells starter Jared Fisher took the loss throwing eight innings, giving up five runs on ten hits while striking out five.
The loss extends the Applesox lead in the standings to four and a half games. The second match up of the series will begin tomorrow at 7:05 from Paul Thomas Stadium in Wenatchee. The game can be heard live on 930am KBAI or bellinghambells.com.