After totaling 17 runs on Friday and Saturday, the Bells scored 15 runs on 22 hits in a 15-6 victory over the Sweets. The win gave Bellingham their first series victory over Walla Walla since July 5-7, 2011. Three players collected four hits, including Dallas Carroll (University of Utah), Walker Olis (Pacific University) and Eric Webber (Georgetown). Every position player had at least one hit for the Bells, who scored 32 runs in the three game series with the Sweets.
"Our offense came alive every game of this series. We had a great comeback last night, and tonight the guys showed how much we've grown in a short time together," said Bellingham head coach Jeff James on the post-game show.
The Bells stole five more bases on Sunday, giving them 12 in the series- without being caught. Walla Walla committed four more errors in Sunday's defeat, giving them 12 in the series. With the game tied 2-2 in the fourth, Bellingham used another rally to push five runs across and take a lead they would not relinquish. The Sweets answered with two runs of their own in the fourth, but the Bells kept the pressure on, outscoring Walla Walla 8-2 the rest of the way.
"We showed a lot of composure this entire weekend series. We went down big last night and came back. Tonight, it was close early and we knew it would be tough to take the series from them at home," James said.
Grant Goodman (University of San Francisco) got the start in the series finale, working four innings, allowing three earned runs and striking out four. Dan Ludwig (Belmont University) picked up the win in relief, spinning three innings of one-run ball with four strikeouts. Ludwig combined with Burk FitzPatrick and A.J. Konopaski to strike out eight Sweets in five innings of one run relief.
"Our bullpen was solid all weekend long. They were up for the challenge and it showed," replied James.
In front of an announced crowd of 1,264 the Bells turned the Walla Walla faithful silent for much of the night. The only real momentum the Sweets had was when they tied the game at two in the third inning. The Sweets managed only five hits and seemed deflated after several key defensive miscues that led to Bells runs. A home run by Jordan Frabasilio in the sixth inning cut the Bellingham lead to 7-5, but the Bells countered with two runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth to put a stamp on an offensive masterpiece this weekend.
"I am very blessed to be a part of this group. There are a lot of really good players here and it showed by us scoring so much this weekend," said Bells third baseman Dallas Carroll on the postgame show.
Lou Della Ferra, in his first start of the season, and Scott Heath, both from the University of Maine, collected two hits and two runs apiece and provided the Bells with speed and power at the dish. Danny Miller (Chico State) scored twice and Dustin Breshears (Gonzaga) drove in two runs in the nine-run victory.
Alex Fisher started for Walla Walla and lasted only 4 1/3 innings, allowing five earned runs in defeat. The Bells pounded out 10 hits off Fisher, and wasted little time jumping on the Sweets bullpen late in the contest. Offensively, Bellingham outscored the Sweets 32-19 in the series and set the tone with speed on the bases and good relief out of the bullpen. Heading into Monday's home opener against Klamath Falls, coach James and the Bells staff are looing forward to getting back home and playing in front of their home crowd.
"We're excited to get home and play in front of our fans. This was a really good effort on our parts to beat a good team on their field," James added.
Monday's Opening Day against Klamath Falls begins with the first pitch at 7:05 PM at Joe Martin Field and includes a post-game fireworks show for all fans in attendance.