Shortstop Colby Woodmansee hit a 3-run home run and first baseman Danny Miller added a solo homer to highlight a strong comeback for the Bells as Bellingham overcame an early 5-0 deficit and took the series against Klamath Falls with a 9-8 win on Wednesday night at Joe Martin Field.
Klamath Falls grabbed an early lead for the second straight night, but Bellingham outscored the Gems 9-3 after the first inning. Bellingham repeatedly came through late in innings, scoring its first eight runs with two outs.
Miller (Cal State Chico) broke a 7-7 tie in the bottom of the sixth by drilling a solo home run over the right field wall to avoid a 1-2-3 inning in a big way, after a flyout and strikeout began the frame.
Klamath Falls threatened in the ninth, as the first two batters reached base via walks. After an infield fly, a fielder's choice put runners in scoring position and the tying run on second base with two outs. The No. 3 hitter for the Gems lined a ball to the left side of the infield that fell out of the glove of Bellingham third baseman Ian Yetsko (Oakland University), who dove to his left on the play. Yetsko, having nearly caught the line drive, alertly grabbed the ball off the ground and ended the game by running down and tagging out the Klamath Falls runner caught between second and third after the ball was hit.
Bellingham had added an insurance run to the 8-7 lead in the seventh, which proved crucial for the win. Yetsko brought home designated hitter Dylan Garcia (Cal State Chico) with sacrifice fly to right field to make the score 9-7. On the final play of the game, the Gems runner on third crossed home plate before Yetsko applied the final-out tag, and the Bells held on for the 9-8 victory.
The Bells scored in the early innings for the second night in a row to fuel a comeback. Right fielder Walker Olis (Pacific University) doubled down the left-field line with two outs in the second inning to record the first hit for the Bells, and scored on single to right field by Garcia.
Bellingham loaded the bases with no outs in the third inning after a base hit and back-to-back walks. Following two consecutive infield pop ups, catcher Jimmy Sinatro (Gonzaga) came through with a two-out, two-RBi single. Olis followed with an RBI single to left field as the Bells came within a run of the Gems at 5-4.
Woodmansee (Arizona State) homered to tie the game at 7-7 in the bottom of the fourth after Klamath Falls added two runs in the top of the inning to take a 7-4 lead. His two-out, 3-run home run was his second in as many nights, The Bells' shortsop sent the ball over the left field wall to nearly the same spot as his first home run the night before.
Bellingham reliever John Albert (Hawaii Pacific) earned the win, pitching two shutout innings in the fifth and sixth after the Gems had struck for seven early runs through the first four innings. The Bells bullpen combined to throw six innings while giving up just two runs and two hits.
Sinatro led the Bells with three hits, going 3-4 and also throwing out three of the four Gems baserunners who attempted to steal.
Next up for the Bells is a six-game road trip to Kitsap and Victoria. Bellingham opens the road trip at Kitsap on Friday night. First pitch is at 6:35 p.m.