Bend, OR. – The Bellingham Bells won their first road game of the season 9-5 against the Bend Elks last night.
The Bells got off to an early lead putting up four runs in the top of the first inning against Elks starter Jordan Remer. Centerfielder Mark Purser singled into left field with the bases loaded to bring home catcher Mike Chiarelli and third baseman Chris Amezquita for two of his three RBI’s.
Bend made it interesting throughout the game as they scored two runs on a couple of wild pitches by Bells pitcher Luke Scott in the bottom of the second and a Cal Towey single in the bottom of the fourth, making it 4-3 Bells.
The top of the eighth proved to be game changing when the Chiarelli got the Bells bats going once again with a double to left center. Purser singled in Chiarelli after he advanced to third on a Beau Brett groundout. Brady Locker was hit by a pitch and put two on for Sam Richter to clear the bases with a two-run double. After a Hertler groundout, Patrick Claussen singled to left scoring Richter. The Bells scored four runs in the inning taking a 9-3 lead into the bottom of the eighth giving them enough to win the game.
Pitcher Luke Scott went seven strong innings for the Bells allowing three runs on six hits while striking out two and walking four.
The Bells gear up for another game against Bend at 12:30pm this afternoon. To tune into the Bells game, log on to kpov.org.