The Bellingham Bells won in extra innings 6-4 on Tuesday, June 25th, at Joe Martin Field, in a non-league game against the Highline Bears on a walk-off ground-rule double by Derek Marshall Jr.
Come From Behind
After the top of the fourth, Highline lead Bellingham 4-1. The starter for the Bells, Gabriel Hughes (3.0 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 2 ER, 2 K) and Will Dennis (0.2 IP, 1 H, 3 BB, 2 R, 1 K) allowed all four runs while the Bells’ only mark on the scoreboard came off of a 367-foot moonshot home run from newly acquired Stanford outfielder Cole Hinkleman. From that point on Bellingham dominated, allowing just two hits, and scoring a run in the sixth, seventh, ninth, and tenth innings.
After trailing 4-1, Bells pitchers Justin Armbruster, Will Armbruster, and Jimmy Chatfield blanked the Bears, and didn’t allow a hit past the sixth inning. Justin (2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 BB, 4 K) increased his strikeout total to 23 on the year, good for second place in the WCL, just in front of Bryce Moyle (21 K, third in the WCL) on the Bells roster. Will Armbruster (3.1 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 6 K) earned Player of the Game honors for working a nearly perfect 3 1/3 innings, with the only baserunner reaching on a dropped third strike. Jimmy Chatfield (2-0) earned the win after going 1-2-3 in the top of the 10th while hitting 92.6 MPH on the radar gun with his fastball.
Better Late Than Never
After tallying just one run off of four hits in the first five innings of work, the Bells offense did not fall flat. From the sixth inning on, the energy at Joe Martin propelled Bellingham to complete the comeback. Austin Kretzchmar scored Jack Machtolf on a double in the sixth, and Cole Hinkleman walked in a run in a bases-loaded situation in the seventh to bring the defecit to just one. Nick Sokol scored Ethan Smith in the bottom of the ninth on a sacrifice fly to tie it up, and Derek Marshall walked it off in the bottom of the tenth on a bases loaded ground-rule double.
A number of new Bells faces saw their first action at Joe Martin Field tonight. Hinkelman and Kretzchmar joined the team on their latest road trip, along with Christian Diochea, Nicholas DeNicola, and Ethan Smith, who all started tonight’s game. Twelve new players – both pitchers and position players – are now on the Bells roster, as most of them are now eligible to play in the WCL now that their respective collegiate seasons have ended.
The Bells will play another non-league home game tomorrow, Wednesday, June 26th, against Seattle City. First pitch is set for 6:35 pm at Joe Martin Field. There is no game on Thursday, June 27th, but the Bells will be facing the Portland Pickles in a three-game weekend series at home. Bellingham sits at 12-6 in league play, at the top of the WCL North Division.