BELLINGHAM, Wash.– Facing one of the league’s top pitchers, Bellingham came from behind for the third time in as many nights to sweep Kelowna and even its record at nine wins and nine losses.
Kelowna’s Bryn Card entered the game with a 2-0 record and a 0.75 ERA in 12 innings of work. The Falcons handed Card a 1-0 lead before he even stepped on the mound, but the Bells responded and handed Card his first loss of the season with a 6-4 series-sweeping victory.
Craig Hertler scored Bellingham’s first run to tie the game after reaching on a fielding error by Card. The Bells later took the lead with two runs in the third.
“Tonight’s win was a total team effort,” said Bells head coach Brandon Newell. “Every time something didn’t go our way someone was right there with a key hit, a key pitch or a key defensive play.”
Bellingham continued to tack on runs with two in the fifth and another in the seventh. Mark Purser and Mike Chiarelli each had doubles hit high off the wall in the fifth and seventh innings respectively. Purser’s double was his only hit of the night while Chiarelli finished 2-of-4.
Luke Scott started for the Bells and gave up just two runs – one earned – in 4 1/3 innings. He struggled in the first inning giving up two walks and hitting a batter before Kelowna scored on a sacrifice fly. Scott left the game with one out in the fifth
Garrett DeRooy entered the game in relief and earned picked up the win to improve to 2-0. He gave up Kelowna’s only other two runs after walking two batters and giving up a hit to Ryan Jenkins in the seventh. With no outs, head coach Brandon Newell put the ball in Jordan Stern’s glove to end Kelowna’s scoring threat.
Stern struck out four batters in his two innings on the bump before Seth Harvey pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up his third save of the season.
Chris Amezquita tied a season high with three hits to pace the way for the Bells. He also scored twice and drove in two runs.
The Bells bring an eight-game homestand to an end Friday, July 3, as they welcome Kitsap (xxx) to Joe Martin Field for one game beginning at 7 p.m. Following the game there will be a fireworks display presented by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
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.