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Season-High 14 Hits Powers Bells Past Kelowna

06/30/2009 9:18 PM

BELLINGHAM, Wash. Bellingham used a season-high 14 hits and six Kelowna errors to score at least one run in every inning but the third en route to a 9-4 series-opening victory over the Falcons on Tuesday, June 30, at Joe Martin Field.


Catcher Mike Chiarelli reached base in all five of his plate appearance. After walking in the first inning, Chiarelli singled in each of his next four at-bats to finish 4-of-4 at the plate with a run scored and a RBI.


The Bells (7-9) also received three hits each from Chris Amezquita and Danny Hennigs as part of their season-high 14-hit performance.


“Offensively we really needed a game like this to hopefully get us some momentum as we get deeper into the season,” said Bells head coach Brandon Newell. “We were more patient at the plate tonight and that gave our guys a chance to get better pitches late in the count.”


Zack Fowler gave up all four of Kelowna’s runs in his 5 1/3 innings on the mound before handing the ball over to the bullpen. Jordan Stern came in and struck out four of the eight batters he faced in 2 2/3 before Seth Harvey pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to secure the win.


Kelowna’s Cody Aycock was tagged with the loss after giving up six runs – two earned – off of 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings. Although the Falcons (10-6) suffered from six errors in the contest, Aycock didn’t help his own cause as he had two wild pitches and two errors on his final line.


The Bells and Falcons continue their series Wednesday with game two at 7 p.m. Bellingham will be looking to clinch the series as it sends Alex Besaw to the mound.


Tickets for Wedndsday’s game are still available and can be purchased by contacting the Bells Ticket Office at (360) 527-1035.


About the Bellingham Bells

The Bellingham Bells are a summer collegiate, wood bat baseball team and a member of the West Coast League.  During the months of June, July & August, the Bells compete in a 57-game season, playing home games at Joe Martin Field in Bellingham and traveling to compete with other WCL teams in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. The Bells strive to contribute to a strong and vibrant community through affordable, family-friendly entertainment. 

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Joe Martin Field 

1220 Civic Field Way 

Bellingham, WA 98229

(360) 527-1035