The Bellingham Bells defeated the Bend Elks, 12-4, tonight at Vince Genna Stadium to win their series 2-1.
The Bells used four-run first and fourth innings to break things open early before adding two runs in the fifth and sixth innings to put an exclamation point on the day.
Troy Viola started the scoring with an RBI groundout in the first, which Cole Hinkelman followed with an RBI single. The flood gates then opened when Jack Machtolf and Derek Marshall ripped back-to-back RBI singles to make it 4-0.
Bells starter CJ Varela kept Bend at bay for three innings, and the Bells offense rewarded him wih four more runs in the fourth before he handed things over to John Kelly in the bottom of the inning.
Danny Martin got things going in the top of the fourth with an RBI single to score Derek Marshall. Martin then scored on a passed ball to make it 6-0. Bend native Troy Viola then launched a no-doubt two-run bomb to left, his fourth if the season, to give Bellingham an 8-0 lead.
Things didn’t let up for the Bells in the fifth when Austin Kretzschmar led off with a double, and was plated by a Machtolf double to make it 9-0. Three batters later, Machtolf scored on a Nic Sokol groundout to take a 10-0 lead.
Bend rebounded with one run in the bottom of the fifth on a Vinny Zavolta double to score Jake Jarvis for the team’s first run.
It was Machtolf again for the Bells in the top of the sixth, this time with a two-run triple to center to give Bellingham a 12-1 advantage. He would finish 3-for-5 and come within a homerun of the cycle.
Bend would plate two more in the bottom of the sixth and one more in the seventh, but it would not be enough to overcome the Bells’ 12 runs.
The 12-4 win keeps Bellingham atop the West Coast League North.
The Bells will have Monday off before hosting the Highline Bears at Joe Martin Field on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.