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For the second night in a row, there was late-inning drama at Joe Martin Field. This time, the Bells couldn’t prevail, falling 4-3 to the Cowlitz Black Bears after a frenzied ninth inning.
Bellingham entered the ninth trailing 4-1 when the bats started producing in the clutch. Eric Lane led off the inning with a single and Danny Poplawski added a base hit of his own with one out, putting runners on first and third. Pinch hitter Ben Grubb drew a walk and after a strikeout, Jerry McLanahan, making his first start as a Bell, hustled out an infield hit on a full count, scoring two Bells in the process.
After Jeff Gelalich was hit by a pitch to load the bases again, Cowlitz brought in Ryan Yuengel, who pitched five scoreless innings against the Bells Monday night. Michael Aquino was able to draw a count full against Yuengel but struck out swinging to end the game.
It was another pitcher’s duel early as the game was scoreless through five innings. However, Cowlitz took a 3-0 lead in the sixth on a two-run double by Kyle Garlick and a run-scoring single from Mitch Walding.
The Bells fought back with a run of their own in the seventh on an RBI groundout by Marshall Yanzick. Another Walding RBI single in the eighth extended Cowlitz’s lead to 4-1.
Andrew Pulido got the start for Bellingham, allowing three runs in 5 2/3 innings. Carsen Nylund and Tyler Spear each held the Black Bears scoreless in their relief appearances.
Lane led the Bells offensively, getting three of the team’s eight hits.
The Bells will play Cowlitz at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday evening in Game 3 of the three-game series.