The Bellingham Bells completed a comeback win, 8-5, over the Corvallis Knights Thursday night at Goss Stadium to win the series two games to one.
Bellingham plated key runs in the eighth and ninth innings, and received an excellent team effort on the mound to earn their tenth win of the season.
The Bells found themselves down, 1-0, early after Jake Harvey scored Jake Holcroft with a sacrifice fly in the first inning before responding in the third when Cole Hinkelman scored on a passed ball to tie the game at 1-1.
Corvallis answered with one run in the third on an Andy Atwood RBI triple, and two in the fourth on a Kai Murphy single, to reclaim the lead at 4-1.
The Bells then knotted things at 4-4 in the fifth when Nick Sokol’s single to center was misplayed, allowing two men to score. The next batter, Austin Kretzschmar, then grounded out to short, driving in Sokol, to tie the game.
Matt Henckel, who took over for Bells starter Justin Armbruester, kept the Knights off the board until the sixth, when Michael Curialle singled in Brooks Lee to take the lead again, this time at 5-4.
That would be it for Corvallis, though, as Bells reliever Danny Garcia took over in the seventh to shut things down and put the Bells back at the plate.
They responded with two key runs on a Jordan Vujovich double to take a 6-5 lead.
After Garcia blanked the Knights in the eighth, it was Vujovich again who came up clutch with another two-run double to add insurance at 8-5.
Garcia then handed the ball to C.J. Varela, who made his Bells debut, to close things out. He did exactly that, striking out two batters and inducing a series-ending ground ball to secure the victory.
The Bells will hit the road today to do battle with the Bend Elks at Vince Genna Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.