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Bells Survive Series Finale at Kiger Stadium

06/15/2015 5:52 AM

The script was flipped Sunday at Kiger Stadium with the Bells using two big innings to sink the Gems, 9-6. 

“This was just one of those games at Kiger Stadium,” said pitching coach Jim Clem. “We didn’t think it was over after our first big inning {in the third inning}.”

The big inning was the top of third. The power that had eluded the Bells in the first two games at Kiger came to play when the Bells loaded the bases in the inning. Walker Olis lined a double down the left field line to clear the bases. Olis’ three RBI double tied former Bell Brady Locker for first all-time on the team’s list with 14 in his career. The bases clearing double also tied Olis with Chase Scott for the team lead in RBI with seven. 

Following the double, Andrew Reichenbach launched a two-run homer into left field to give the Bells a 5-0 lead. But the Bells were not done as Bronson Larson came to the plate and turned in a long seven pitch at-bat and followed Reichenbach’s homer with a long fly of his own, giving the Bells a six-run inning and a commanding 6-0 lead.

The lead would not last. The Gems answered the Bells' six-run third with a five-run fourth. Bells starter Grant Schneider labored through the first, second, and third innings with high pitch totals. The issue was pesky at-bat after pesky at-bat by the Gems, but Schneider looked dominant at times racking up four strikeouts. In the fourth, the Gems came storming back with five runs. 10 Gems batters came up in the inning, scoring five runs. The inning was made possible by two Bells errors, all on the infield, that opened up the inning turning it into a one run game with the Bells leading 6-5.

The following inning, the bottom of the fifth, the Gems tied the game with one run off of Bells reliever Riley Storedahl.

The game settled into a pitcher’s duel until the Bells came up with their second big inning of the night in the top of the sixth inning. The Bells batted around for the second time, scoring three more runs to take a 9-6 lead. The inning was marked by small ball by the Bells. Three hits, two walks, and a hit batter plated the three runs. Of the three hits in the inning, only two left the infield for the Bells hitters.

From there, the Bells' bullpen held the Gems scoreless despite threat after threat from Klamath Falls. The Gems did not go away, bringing the tying run to the plate in the sixth, the seventh, and eighth innings. But Bells, pitching set down each threat without a run being platted.

The Bells have now started the season 6-3, winning the first three series of the season. The Gems are now 1-8 to start the season. 

The Bells play next on Tuesday against the Walla Walla Sweets at Joe Martin Field in Bellingham. The game will be broadcast on www.bellinghambells.com with Erik Oas on the call. 


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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