The Bells came into the ninth inning trailing 11-14, and had two outs and Ryan Mendoza and Colby Barrick aboard second after being hit by pitches. Brendan McClary then walked to load the bases for Austin Shenton. Shenton hit a two-RBI double, and McClary scored on a wild pitch to put the Bells tied at 14-all.
Three batters was all it took to undo the comeback, as a single, a hit by pitch and another single gave the Falcons the walk-off they needed.
The Bells had the bats they will need to advance through the playoffs going, despite the pitching woes. Chase Illig hit another first inning home run, something he’s done three times recently. Bellingham had another pair of runs on a home run by Colby Barrick the next inning.
The Bells really exploded in the next inning. Brock Anderson hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to score Shenton, who reached on a walk. The bases got re-loaded on a Mendoza walk before Ridley scored two on an RBI single. Barrick got another pair of RBIs on a double before scoring on a McClary double to end the scoring and give the Bells their second lead of the game.
Illig had his second home run of the game in the next inning to give the Bells their biggest lead at 11-9. However, they would lose the lead again in the bottom of the seventh.
A bright spot on the pitching staff is the continued success of lefty Trevor DeLaite of University of Maine. He hurled two scoreless innings, striking out three. He was the only Bell to not allow a run to score.
The Bells continue their final push for the playoffs in Victoria tomorrow night, and play at Joe Martin Field next against Wenatchee at 6:35 p.m.