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Haver Pitches Bells Past Kelowna

07/01/2009 10:12 PM

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – In his first appearance at Joe Martin Field, right-handed pitcher J.D. Haver gave Bellingham six strong innings to pace the Bells to a series-clinching 4-1 victory over Kelowna.


Haver threw just six pitches in first inning to retire the side and surrendered just two hits through is first four innings on the bump. He pitched into a fifth-inning jam, but after a quick conversation on the mound with head coach Brandon Newell, Haver got Kelowna’s Michael Aldrete to ground into the innings final out.


“I was able to throw first-pitch strikes and stay ahead in the count for most of the night,” Haver said. “I just kept attacking the strike zone and it paid off. I felt good from the start and even after we fell behind the guys were able to get me the lead; after that I kind of just got in a rhythm.”


Aside from a pair of walks, Haver’s only mistake on the night came in the second inning when he left a full-count pitch hanging over the plate for Ryan Jenkins. Jenkins made solid contact and trotted around the bases after the ball inched its way over the left field wall.


“J.D. looked sharp in his first outing of the year on the road, but unfortunately the stats sheet didn’t reflect that,” Newell said. “He’s got some great movement on his pitches and uses the corners very effectively. Hopefully he can carry this type of performance into his next start.”


After falling behind on Jenkins’ home run, the Bells responded with a run in the home half of the second as Brady Locker drove in Kevin Whitehead. Bellingham took the lead in the third after the Falcons extended the inning with a two-out error. Chris Amezquita scored the Bells’ second unearned run of the contest when Chris O’Neil walked Mark Purser.


Bellingham padded its lead with two more runs in the fourth. The Bells scored the game’s final runs on RBI doubles by Craig Hertler and Amezquita. Locker scored the innings first run after a leadoff single – Amezquita’s double drove in Hertler.


The Bells wrap up their three-game series against Kelowna (10-7) on Thursday, July 2, and will be looking for their first series sweep of the season. Thursday is also College Night at the ballpark and students can receive discounted tickets by presenting a valid college ID at the Bells Ticket Window.


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