Bellingham continued to display its stellar early-season offense Tuesday night by scoring early and often, including a nine-run fourth inning, in a 12-3 win over Klamath Falls.
Colby Woodmansee (Arizona State) kickstarted the early offense, cutting a 2-0 Gems lead in half with a home run in the bottom of the second inning. In his Bells debut, Woodmansee jumped on a 1-0 pitch and drove it over the left field wall in his first at bat of the summer season.
Danny Miller (Cal State Chico) singled to right field after a leadoff walk to Dallas Carroll (University of Utah) in the bottom of the third inning. Dylan Garcia (Cal State Chico) followed with a base hit to right field, scoring Miller and giving the Bells two runners in scoring position. After a strikeout and hit batter, Lou Della Fera (University of Maine) hit a slow ground ball with the bases loaded and reached on an error by the Klamath Falls shortstop, bringing home Miller to give Bellingham a 3-2 lead.
The Bells, having entered the game leading the West Coast League in runs, hits and total bases, continued to bolster those numbers in the fourth inning by collecting seven hits and sending 13 batters to the plate. Nate Anderson led off with an infield single and after Carroll lined out to center field, the next six hitters reached base safely. With four runs already across the plate, Anderson tripled to center field with the bases loaded -- his second hit of the inning -- as the Bells opened a 10-2 lead. Anderson then scored on a throwing error by Klamath Falls off a ground ball hit by Carroll. Miller's second hit of the inning scored Carroll, putting Bellingham up 12-2.
After allowing a two-run home run to Connor Counce (Murray State CC) in the top of the second inning, Bellingham starter Seth Martinez (Arizona State) settled in and earned the win, scattering four hits over the next four innings.
"He pounded the zone," Bellingham Assistant Coach Mike Gange said. "He got ahead on hitters and they weren't really able to get a rhythm."
Bellingham has scored a league-leading 48 runs through the first five games of the season and improved its team batting average to .338. Gange has not been surprised by the offensive output, given the talented roster the coaching staff was expecting to see.
"We knew we had an offensive lineup when we recruited these guys to come," Gange said. "One of the exciting pieces is that they're not all here yet, we still have some big bats coming in."
The Bells improved to 3-2 and won their first home game of the season, while Klamath falls dropped to 1-4. Bellingham takes on Klamath Falls Wednesday in the rubber match of the three-game series at Joe Martin Field. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.