Sunday’s game marked the third time in the last four games that the Bellingham Bells went into extra innings and this time they came out on top, 2-1, over the Bend Elks at Joe Martin Field to snap a two-game losing streak and improve to 4-3 on the young West Coast League season.
The Bells loaded the bases against Bend pitcher Logan Scott in the bottom of the 12th inning when Scott threw a wild pitch that allowed Charlie Markson to cross home plate to give the Bells the series finale victory. Markson had reached base in his first plate appearance of the game on a walk. He advanced around the bags after Scott hit Frank Desico with a pitch and walked catcher Jeff Calhoon before scoring on the wild pitch.
Bellingham starter Cody Fassold made his first appearance of the 2010 season and threw 7 1/3 innings in which he struck out 11 Bend batters. J.J. McLeod pitched the final 4 2/3 innings for head coach Kevin Matthews and fanned five batters while holding the Elks to just two hits during his time on the mound.
Offensively, the Bells’ bats were simmered despite jumping out to an early 1-0 lead thanks to a Bend error in the first inning. The Bells held the 1-0 lead until the eighth inning when the Elks scored their only run of the game and managed just two hits during the first nine innings.
The Bells will next be in action as they hit the road for the first time in 2010. Bellingham’s first stop is in Kelso, Wash., as the Bells visit the expansion Cowlitz Black Bears for a three game series beginning on Tuesday, June 15, at 6:35 p.m. Fans can catch all the action from the road with Bells radio announcer Greg Talbott online at www.BellinghamBells.com.