Bellingham fell in the final game of the series against the Cowlitz Black Bears by a score of 6-5 on Thursday, June 13th, at Joe Martin Stadium.
Back and Forth Affair
The final game of the series saw three ties and five lead changes. Jordan Vujovich kicked off the scoring with an RBI fielder’s choice in the bottom of the first, and Danny Martin added on with an RBI single in the second. Cowlitz tied the game in the top of the third and took a one-run lead in the fourth, but Derek Marshall Jr. tied it back up with an RBI single in the bottom of the inning. The Black Bears took the lead once again in the top of the fifth, but Bellingham snagged it right back with a Guthrie Morrison RBI triple and a Troy Viola RBI sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth. However, Cowlitz took the lead for good with a two-run sixth inning, and the Bells were held hitless from there on out.
Competing Strong in the WCL
With three series and nine games under their belts, the Bells are ranking near the top of the WCL in a multitude of offensive categories. Bellingham currently ranks second in runs scored with 52, second in hits with 77, second in RBI with 42, and second in total bases with 145. They trail Port Angeles in all of those categories. Additionally, Bellingham is third with a .262 batting average, .384 slugging percentage, and fourth with a .343 on base percentage. Nine games into the season, the Bells have all the offensive weapons to compete at the top of the WCL once again.
The Bells (5-4) play host to the WCL North-leading Yakima Valley Pippins (6-2) in a three-game series beginning tomorrow, June 14th, at Joe Martin Stadium. After winning four straight, including a sweep of Wenatchee, the Pippins split their two game series against Kelowna on Thursday. Led by Stanford freshman Owen Cobb – who leads the team in RBI (6), runs scored (5), batting average (.400), home runs (1), and triples (1) – the two Washington teams will be squaring off in a series that will have early-season implications on the WCL North playoff picture.