The Victoria HarbourCats put at least one runner in scoring position each inning and scored four runs late in the game, snapping Bellingham's five-game win streak with a 5-3 win on Wednesday, July 16 at Joe Martin Field.
Despite the loss, Bellingham (27-7, 25-7 WCL) has won 19 of its last 21 games and has a 10.5 game lead in the West Division standings.
The HarbourCats scored an early run in the 3rd inning after three consecutive hitters reached base via two singles and a walk. Bellingham tied the game in the bottom of the 6th, as first baseman Danny Miller (Cal State Chico) singled home Lou Della Fera (University of Maine) with two outs. Della Fera had singled to begin the inning and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt.
Each team scored a run apiece in both the 7th and 8th innings during the back-and-forth contest. Della Fera had a two-out base hit to left field to score second baseman Ian Yetsko (Oakland University) in the 7th, tying the game at 2-2. Victoria regained the lead in the top of the 8th, scoring with two outs after center fielder Nathan Lukes walked with one out, stole second, and scored on a single by right fielder Hunter Mercado-Hood.
Bellingham tied the game yet again after laoding the bases with one out. Miller walked before right fielder Walker Olis (Pacific University) and third baseman Garret Harpole (Western Oregon University) followed with singles. After a strikeout put two outs on the board, catcher Conner Switzer (Lower Columbia College) reached on an infield error, tying the game at 3-3.
Victoria took the lead for good in the final inning, after a leadoff walk came around to score on a one-out single. A second run scored following a passed ball and wild pitch.
Della Fera finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored and Miller was 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
The Bells begin a three-game series against the Corvallis Knights on Thursday. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.