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Bells capitalize on Black Bears mistakes to win seventh straight

06/20/2018 9:11 PM

The Bellingham Bells (12-5) upped their winning streak to seven games with a 7-4 win over the Cowlitz Black Bears (7-10).


The Bells fell behind early for the second game in a row after the Black Bears were able to push a run home in the bottom of the first inning to take the lead.



Bellingham responded with a run in the top half of the second to tie the game before Zach Needham blasted a homer to right in the fourth inning to give the Bells a 2-1 lead.



Cowlitz responded quickly as they scored three runs in the bottom half of the fourth inning to storm in front 4-2.



The score would stay that way until the sixth inning when the Bells bats came alive.



Dusty Stroup led off the inning with a single and then the Black bears starter to make errors. The Black Bears made three errors in the inning and the Bells plated three runs in the top of the sixth inning to take a 5-2 lead.



The Bells tacked on two more runs in the seventh to make the lead 7-4 and that was all that Bells’ reliever Justin Armbruester needed.



Armbruester came on in the fifth inning and worked four one-hit innings while striking out six for the Bells. He was credited with his first win of the year.



Armbruester also now leads the league in strikeouts with 30 on the year.



Taylor Davis came on in the ninth inning and after a shaky start was able to retire the side and record his league leading fifth save.



The Bells will finish their three-game series with Colwitz tomorrow at 6:35



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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Joe Martin Field 

1220 Civic Field Way 

Bellingham, WA 98229

(360) 527-1035