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Wenatchee Hands Bells Extra Innings Loss

06/27/2009 10:10 PM

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Tied at five in the 12th inning, Wenatchee capitalized on back-to-back leadoff walks to capture a 6-5 victory – its second one-run win in as many nights.


The Bells (6-9) fell behind early after giving up three runs in the first inning and another in each the third fourth frames for a 5-0 deficit. But the home team never gave in, keeping the AppleSox (12-3) off the board for long enough to send the game into extra innings.


Bellingham plated two runs in the fourth inning as Mark Purser came home on a double by Chris Amezquita. Amezquita later scored on a wild pitch by Tyler Knigge.


After pulling within one with two more runs in the seventh, the Bells were handed the game-tying run on a failed pickoff attempt at first base which ultimately resulted in two throwing errors to bring home the pinch-running Sam Richter.


“I’m proud of the way our guys kept their heads up and battled back,” said Bells head coach Brandon Newell. “We struggled to find any sort of rhythm at the plate tonight, but our pen did a nice job of keeping them off the board right up there those two costly walks in the end.”


Both bullpens looked strong in extra innings before the Bells walked Ashton Kent and Kyle Johnson to lead off the 12th. Bellingham’s bullpen had thrown five scoreless innings leading up to the last inning, but the AppleSox were able to score their pinch runner, Matt Moynihan, on an RBI ground out by D.J. Crumlich before closing out the game and series victory.


Right-hander Alex Besaw started on the mound for the Bells. After allowing three runs in the first inning he regained his composure and threw six inning for Bellingham in which he gave up five run – only three were earned.


Wenatchee’s Cody Fassold pitched 3 2/3 in relief and was credited with the win after blowing the save opportunity in the ninth. Jesse Moore earned the save after a scoreless 12th inning and the loss was handed to Mitch Ludtke who walked the only two batters he faced in the ballgame.


The Bells wrap up their four-game weekend homestand with an exhibition game Sunday, June 28, against the Everett Merchants. Bellingham will be hosting a Stitch N’ Pitch event during Sunday’s contest. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. and more information about the promotion can be found at www.stitchnpitch.com.


About the Bellingham Bells

The Bellingham Bells are a summer collegiate, wood bat baseball team and a member of the West Coast League.  During the months of June, July & August, the Bells compete in a 57-game season, playing home games at Joe Martin Field in Bellingham and traveling to compete with other WCL teams in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. The Bells strive to contribute to a strong and vibrant community through affordable, family-friendly entertainment. 

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