Now 17-13 this season, the Bells are seven games behind division-leading Corvallis heading into a three-game road series against the Knights. Bellingham holds a one-game edge over Bend for the final playoff spot in the West Division.
Tyrell Poggemeyer pitched 8 1/3 Friday, July 17, to pick up his fourth win of the season. Seth Harvey came in to face the final two batters of the game and earned his seventh save.
With his lone hit in Friday's contest, Chris Amezquita hit his second home run of the season to put the Bells up 3-0 in the top of the first inning.
Saturday was more of a hitters contest as Bellingham pounded out 17 hits to earn the 12-10 victory. Sam Richter was 5-of-6 at the plate and Mike Chiarelli homered in the fourth inning to pull the Bells even with he Elks. Jordan Stern left with the lead after 6 1/3 on the mound. He earned the win after Harvey came in the pick up his second save in as many nights.
The Bells were denied the series sweep Sunday when Bend scored the game-winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Four errors doomed Bellingham as only one of the four runs allowed by starter Zach Fowler were earned during his seven innings on the bump.
Bellingham now moves to Corvallis for a three-game series. The Knights currently hold the best record in the WCL at 24-6 and are ranked third in the Summer College Baseball Top 25.
The Bells return home Thursday, July 23, for an exhibition contest against the Seattle Studs. The game opens a nine-game homestand as the Bells host Bend for three games, Corvallis for three games and Kitsap for a pair of games.
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