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Bells Fall Victim to Late Portland Rally

07/29/2018 10:25 PM

The Bellingham Bells could not fend off a late rally from the Portland Pickles as they walked it off for the second time in the series by a final of 6-5. 

The win gave the Pickles the sweep of the series and pushed their record to 33-15 on the year.

Bellingham against scored first for the third time in the series as Matt James doubled home Ernie Yake to make it 1-0 Bells. 

They added to that lead when Matt McLain scored Guthrie Morrison in the third inning to make it 2-0. 

Portland tied the game in the fourth with a two-run homer from Mikey Perez and later took a 3-2 lead when Noah Cardenas came home to score. 

Portland extended their lead to 4-2 with a run in the bottom of the seventh.

Bellingham was not done yet though as they exploded in the top of the eighth for three runs to take a 5-4 lead. 

Ben Leeper came on with a runner on first and two outs in the eighth inning and struck out Perez to end the inning.

After a scoreless top of the ninth inning Leeper returned to try and lock down the save. 

He struck out the leadoff hitter before Portland strung togther four straight hits and brought the tying and winning run home. 

Sam Novitzke singled home the winning run to help the Piickles sweep the Bells.

Bellingham falls to 30-17 on the year with the loss and will return to action against the Cowlitz Black Bears on Tuesday. 


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