Atkinson drove in three with a bases loaded triple in the eighth that gave the Bells a 9-6 lead.
Derek Atkinson’s three hits and bases clearing triple in the eighth inning help the Bells prevail in a wild game two from Wenatchee, 10-7.
Bellingham came out strong, scoring one run in the first on a single by Atkinson that brought home Des Santos. They would add a run in the second, catcher Joe Winterburn hit a one out double and was driven in by Johnny Farrington. The Bells extended their lead to 3-0 in the fourth inning when Andrew Ely was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Starter Sean Hartnett was on his game early, striking out the first six batters to begin the game. He would run into trouble in the bottom of the fourth as the Applesox struck for three runs, all coming with two outs. Mitchell Gunsolous got on with a walk, Taylor Sparks then hit his 7th homerun of the year down the left field line. The Applesox third run of the inning came in on an error to shortstop Kai Hatch.
Wenatchee took their first lead in the game in the sixth, scoring three runs, on a two out two RBI double from Cabe Reiten, and another Bells error. However the lead would not last long. Bellingham responded immediately, putting together their own three run rally in the top of the seventh, capped off by a Grant Fink RBI single.
With the score again tied, 6-6, the Bells came to the plate in the top of the eighth loading the bases with one out for Atkinson. On the second pitch he saw from reliever Jordan Osborn, he hit a gapper to left centerfield that cleared the bases and got the lead back. Two batters later, Fink added one more insurance run with his second hit and RBI of the game.
The winning pitcher was Keith Zuniga, (2-1), who threw 2.2 innings out of the bullpen surrendering two unearned runs on four hits and three strikeouts. Osborn took the loss, going a third of an inning allow the two go ahead runs on two hits. Wenatchee used seven pitchers in the 10-7 loss.
The win got the Bells back to 3 ½ games behind Wenatchee for first place and paced them ahead of the Kelowna Falcons 3 ½ games for the final playoff spot. With six games to play the Bells return to action in game three from Wenatchee tonight at 7:05 pm.