The Bellingham Bells played arguably their cleanest game of the year to beat the Corvallis Knights, 5-1, tonight at Goss Stadium.
Bellingham started hot, staking starter Bryce Moyle a 4-0 lead after the top of the first inning. Collin Burns led off the game with a double, extending his on-base streak to 12 games, and was scored by a Guthrie Morrison RBI single to take a 1-0 lead.
Troy Viola then walked to put two on for Jordan Vujovich who roped a two-run triple into the right field corner for a 3-0 advantage. The next batter, Derek Marshall, drove in Vujovich with a groundout to short, making it 4-0.
Moyle then dealt for a scoreless 3 2/3 innings, surrendering just three hits and walking another three, while striking out eight.
He was replaced by the Matt Geoffrion in the fourth, who went on two allow the first run of the ballgame in the fifth when Elliott Willy scored Zack Moeller on a double.
Ahead 4-1, Cody Jensen took over for Geoffrion in the sixth and proceeded to throw three hitless innings in his Bells debut. Jensen walked one and struck out two without allowing a run.
The Bells added one insurance run in the seventh on a Troy Viola single to score Burns, before Jensen handed the baseball to Jimmy Chatfield to close things out in the ninth.
Corvallis put the first two men on against Chatfield, who went on to record back-to-back strikeouts, before the Knights loaded the bases with two out. Chatfield then fanned pinch-hitter Trace Tammaro to secure the 5-1 Bellingham win.
The teams will face off for the rubber match of the series tomorrow at 6:30 at Goss Stadium.