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Bells Rout Gems, 8-0

06/13/2015 6:27 AM

After a strong night of pitching and even stronger performance from the Bells' bats, the Bells posted a dominant 8-0 shutout win over the Klamath Falls Gems on Friday, improving to 5-2 on the season.

It was another complete win for the Bells who have played great baseball on their first road trip of the season. The offense got to work early with three runs in the second inning on a rally started by a Walker Olis double. It was Olis’ first double of the year but the 12th in his time with the Bells.

Olis was followed in the inning by Aaron Stroosma. After a slow start to the season, Stroosma has quickly become one of the hottest hitters in the Bells' lineup. He began his night in Klamath Falls with a double that chased home Olis for the first run of the game. When the night ended, Stroosma had gone 2 for 3 with two walks, two RBIs, and two runs scored.

The Bells were far from done offensively. They put up two more runs in the third inning and continued to add on. They tacked on a run in the sixth inning and two more in the eighth and saw their lead balloon to 8-0.

On a night where the offense had so many stand outs, first basemen, Andrew Reichenbach’s night can be lost in the avalanche of scoring. But, Recihenbach has continued to hit since being inserted into the lineup three nights ago. On Friday night at Kiger Stadium he was responsible for three of the 13 hits, ending the night with a 3 for 4 line with a double, RBI and a hit by pitch, raising his average to .615. Not to be out done, second baseman Ben Welch had a three hit performance as well, on a night where the Bells controlled the game from the outset.

Kiger Stadium has a reputation of a hitter’s park and while the Bells offense made that reputation hold true, it was the Bells' pitchers that did the unlikely in working the shutout.

“It begins and ends with our pitching,” said Assistant Coach Mike Gange. “This is never an easy place to pitch, and Kyle {Rossman} really set the tone for us and was followed by two more good outings from Channing {Nesbitt} and Brian {Way}.”

It was the second shutout for the Bells on the road trip. Kyle Rossman, who is now 2-0, worked the longest outing of the year for the Bells starters, six innings. “I am blessed to be a part of this team and a lot of the credit goes to my teammates,” said Rossman. “But I felt like the ball was coming out of my hand better than in my first start and that’s what allowed me to work deep into the game.”

Once Rossman departed, lefthander Channing Nesbitt from the University of Washington made his debut and stole the show. In his two innings of relief, Nesbitt was perfect. He allowed no Gems to reach and struck out five of the six batters he faced. Nesbitt only got into one game this spring for the Huskies saying, “It felt great to finally get back out there and compete. Striking out five of six was definitely not the game plan but of course you’ll take it.”

Brian Way worked the ninth inning for the Bells and completed the shutout. Two runners did reach in the inning on two Bells' errors, the only real blemish on the Bells scorecard in an otherwise complete victory.

The Gems have now begun the season 0-7 and are now the last team in the West Coast League to remain winless.

The second game of the three game series is scheduled for a 6:40 start time on Saturday at Kiger Stadium. Arizona State product Reagan Todd is slated to take the ball for the Bells and will oppose Spencer Johnson of Klamath Falls. Erik Oas will be on the call with a 6:05 pregame show on AM 930 KBAI. 

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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