Corvallis edged Bellingham in a pitchers' duel, scoring a go-ahead run in the 8th inning and handing Bellingham just its second series loss of the summer on Saturday, July 18 at Joe Martin Field.
Bellingham (28-9, 26-9 WCL) lost back-to-back games for just the second time all season. Corvallis held the Bells to only one run in the last two games of the series. The Bells have lost three of their last four games, but have still won 20 of their last 24 and hold the best record in the West Coast League.
The Knights broke a 1-1 tie in the 8th inning on an RBI single from second baseman Marc Gallegos (Corban College), scoring catcher Dane Lund (Oregon State University). Lund has walked to begin the inning, and advanced into scoring position via a sacrifice bunt.
The Bells put the tying run on base with a leadoff walk to right fielder Danny Miller (Cal State Chico) in the 9th inning. Ian Yetsko (Oakland University) came in as a pinch runner, and advanced into scoring position on a one-out ground out but was stranded as a strikeout ended the game.
Corvallis scored the first run of the night, after left fielder Scott Quinlan (University of California Santa Barbara) led off the 3rd inning with a base hit. After advancing to second base on a sacrifice bunt, Quinlan stole third. The throw to third went into left field, allowing Quinlan to score.
Catcher Eric Webber (Georgetown University) tied the game at 1-1 in the 6th inning with an RBI single down the right field line. Miller had reached base on an infield single, and was at third base following a sacrifice fly when Webber singled. Webber's single broke a scoreless streak of 20.2 innings for the Bellingham offense.
Six Bellingham pitchers combined to strikeout 10 batters in the game. Jack Klein (Stanford University), typically an outfielder, made his debut as a pitcher for Bellingham, throwing a scoreless 7th inning with two strikeouts.
Bellingham has a day off Sunday as it enters the WCL All-Star Break. Following the all-star game Monday night in Klamath Falls, the Bells open a three-game series in their first-ever meeting with the Yakima Valley Pippens, a WCL expansion team in its inaugural year. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. in Yakima on Tuesday.