For the first time of the young 2010 season, the Bellingham Bells dropped their second consecutive game to the Bend Elks, 4-3. The Bells battled all the way through the bottom of the ninth, but early runs surrendered in the first and second innings were too much for the home team to overcome.
The Elks jumped out to an early lead with a two-run homer from Brenden Kalfus just minutes into the game. After Donald Collins lead off the game for Bend with a single, Kalfus sent the ball into the parking lot making the score 2-0.
Bellingham pitcher Cordell Greene, now 1-1, went six innings, allowing six hits and three runs, walking two and striking out three. Mitch Ludtke pitched in relief and allowed the Elks’ final run.
Bells two-way player Ben Ruff, who is leading the Bells with a .556 batting average, added 2 RBI to his season total by driving in runs in the seventh and ninth innings.
Bend starter Jason Wilson cruised through the first three innings despite a few walks to his credit before Frank Desico collected the Bells first hit of the game. Wilson went on to pitch six shutout innings before giving way to the Elks bullpen.
The Bells play their last home game until June 25 Sunday, June 13, at Joe Martin Field beginning at 2:05 p.m. Fans are invited to come out to the ballpark early to play catch in the outfield at 1:00 p.m. and stick around after the game for autographs and to run the bases.