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Bells Drop Back and Forth Battle With Sweets

07/18/2018 10:12 PM

The Bellingham Bells dropped the first game after the All-Star Break to the Walla Walla Sweets by a final score of 5-4. 

Bellingham fell behind early after Jordan Hoovey homered to right-center field off of Wesley Moore to make it 1-0.

The Bells did not take long to respond as in the top of the third inning, Dusty Stroup singled home a pair of runs to give the Bells a 2-1 lead.

Walla Walla tied the ballgame in the bottom of the third inning before the Bells retook the lead in the fifth after Matt McLain singled to right to make it 3-2.

The bottom of the fifth is where the Sweets would take control.

Walla Walla slashed four singles and scored three runs to propell themselves to a 5-3 lead. 

Bellingham had plenty of chances early to score as they had runners in scoring position on three different occasions but could not score.

The Bells made a couple attempts to come back and they got a huge boost in the seventh inning when Zach Needham homered to cut the lead to one, but that is as close as the Bells would get.

Ben Farris came on to lock down the ball game in the ninth for his second save of the year.

Matt James had another three-hit ballgame following up his first All-Star selection.

Needham, Stoup and McLain each had a pair of hits as well. 

The Bells and Sweets are now tied at two in the season series and game five will be Thursday 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