BELLINGHAM, Wash.– Bellingham’s Taylor Schenk waited until the final home game of the season to collect his first hit in West Coast League action this year. His seventh-inning base knock drove in the Bells’ go-ahead run and gave Bellingham a 4-3 victory over Bend on Thursday at Joe Martin Field.
Bend and Bellingham exchanged the lead a number of times before the Bells pulled ahead for good. The Elks took a one-run lead in the top of the first before Bellingham quickly bounced back with a pair of runs in the home half of the inning.
Chris Amezquita drove in the first run for Bellingham. His run-scoring single plated Tanner Leighton who had walked and stole two bases. Amezquita later scored in the inning on a Beau Brett RBI ground out.
The Elks responded with single runs in the third and fifth innings to recapture the lead off of Bells starter Jordan Stern. Stern left the game after five full innings on the mound in which he allowed all three Elks runs—two earned—on five hits and a handful of walks.
Garrett DeRooy came in to pitch for the Bells in the sixth and kept Bend off the board while the home team offense mounted their comeback.
Amezquita and Rhett Fenton were walked to lead off the seventh inning and were driven home on singles by Danny Hennigs and Schenk, respectively.
Bellingham benefited from a tough night for Bend pitchers. The Elks’ Eugene Wright and Scott Chew combined for 11 walks in the contest and four wild pitches. Chew was tagged with the loss after giving up two runs on three hits in his two innings on the mound.
DeRooy earned his fourth win of the season after pitching a scoreless seventh and eighth innings. Seth Harvey came in to pitch a 1-2-3 ninth inning to garner his 11th save.
“This season has obviously had its ups and downs for us and it was nice to pick up a win in our last home game,” Bells head coach Brandon Newell said. “Even though we know we’re not going to the playoffs, we’ve still got three games on the road and I hope our guys can finish strong against Kitsap.”
Bellingham wraps up its 2009 season with three games on the road against the Kitsap BlueJackets beginning Friday, Aug. 7.
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.