Sam Richter hit a leadoff home run in the home half of the first inning to put the Bells on top—a position they would hold throughout the contest.
But the lead was quickly cut down to two runs when Post 7 responded with a five-run inning of their own in the top of the fourth. Three of the first four batters in the frame were hit by a pitch to reach base and five of the first six batters reached home before the Bells were able to escape the inning with an 8-6 lead.
“We’ve played some tough competition in our league and we knew these past three games weren’t going to be any easier,” said Bells head coach Brandon Newell. “Tonight’s game was a little fun because of the dynamic it had with a pair of brothers facing off against each other and the Post 7 team is full of local talent. But it was still a game and our team wants to win every time they take the field.”
Luke Scott started on the mound for the Bells and struck out six batters in just three innings of work, but left with the bases loaded in the fourth inning after putting the first three batters on. Jordan Stern came in to relieve Scott and earned the win after allowing just one run in two innings on the bump.
In the seventh inning, Post 7 brought in Evan Fenton to face leadoff batter and Evan’s brother, Bells’ first baseman Rhett Fenton. In a one-pitch appearance, Evan threw a lazy breaking ball that stayed inside and hit Rhett between the back numbers. The two hammed it up a little before Rhett jogged down to first and Evan returned to third base.
Richter finished the night 2-of-5 at the plate with two runs scored and three runs batted in. Craig Hertler also added two hits for the Bells.
The Bells return to West Coast League action Friday on the road against the Bend Elks. Following a six-game road trip,