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Bells drop first two games against Port Angeles

06/09/2018 9:14 PM

The Bellingham Bells dropped the first two games of their three game series to Port Angeles to drop back to 4-4 on the year.

The Bells and Lefties got suspended in the seventh inning of the first game of the series on Friday night with the score tied at one.


After a scoreless bottom of the seventh and the top of the eighth, the Lefties broke through in the bottom of the eighth inning on a two-run homer by Kyle Schimpf to claim game one from the Bells.


Tristan Busse got the win for the Lefties, while Tyler Williams lost his first game of the year. The Bells bats were silent again as the Bells scored just one run in the third inning after an Ernie Yake single.


Justin Armbruester was lights out again for the Bells. The right-hander threw six innings of one-run baseball while striking out a season high 10 strikeouts.

Game two of the day was a bit more offensive for both sides, but as has been the case throughout the first week of the year the Bells pitching was strong early. Johnny Wiltfang got the ball to start the game and he delivered his second quality start of the season.


Wiltfang ran into trouble in the second inning as he loaded the bases with just one out in the inning. The righty locked in though and got out of the inning allowing just one run. Wiltfang finished the day going six strong innings allowing two runs on five hits while striking out four.


The Bells responded in the top of the fourth inning as Yake and Jordan Stoner both singled with one out in the inning. After a fielder's choice from Jack Machtolf, Dusty Stroup singled with two outs to bring home two runs for the Bells and give them a 2-1 lead in the fourth.


The score column was silent until the sixth inning when Port Angeles tied it up at two with a bases loaded walk from Ronnie Rust.

The eighth inning was what did the Bells in. After a 1-2-3 seventh inning from Peter Kemble, the righty allowed the first three men to reach before being lifted and replaced by Ryan Och.


By the time it was all said and done, the Lefties had scored five runs on five hits including two doubles and had taken a 7-2 lead.

Bellingham did not go away easy though as the bats came alive in the ninth inning.


After Jack Machtolf reached on an error, Stroup and Matt James both singled to load the bases. Another error kept the inning alive before Cole Joy singled to score Stroup to bring the go ahead run to the plate.


The Bells scored another run as James came home to score on a passed ball to cut it to 7-5 but Cody Pasic grounded out to second to end the rally and the Lefties where able to take the first two games of the series.


Kemble took the loss for the Bells, his first of the season, while Tyler Tan got the win for the Lefties.

The win cements the Lefties at the top of the West Coast League North Division with a 6-2 record and they have now won five in a row.


The Bells will try and take game three tomorrow at 3:05 before receiving their first day off of the season on Monday.


About the Bellingham Bells

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. 

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