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Bells End Non-League Play with Series Sweep

07/12/2015 7:31 AM

For two games, the San Francisco Seals came to Joe Martin Field and Bellingham Bells' pitching did not allow a run in those two games. On Saturday night, the Bells' fifth shutout of the year and second in a row gave the Bells a 3-0 win.

“I was real happy with the way we played in these two games,” said assistant coach Mike Gange. “Any time you can shut out a team on back to back nights, you’re getting two things, and that’s pitching and defense.”

The Bells had another “staff day” that lead to the most pitchers being used in a game all season. Six pitchers were used by the Bells after Justin Calomeni started and threw two shutout innings. Calomeni was followed by a cavalcade of pitchers that followed his lead and did not allow a run, which gave the Bells offense time to have an answer to Seals starter Jake Casey.

The Bells offense finally broke through against the lefty for a run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Patrick McGrath started the rally with a one out single and was soon followed by two more Bells who singled to load the bases. Andrew Reichenbach scratched across the first run with a ground out to Seals’ shortstop Justin Fowler to take a 1-0 lead.

It looked as though that would be all the Bells would get on the night until they pushed across two more runs in the bottom of the eighth. The Seals entered Cullen Cosco into the game and took advantage of a leadoff walk that brought in the second run of the game when Patrick McGrath followed two batters later with an RBI triple. It was just the third triple of the season for the Bells, but lead to another run when an error by Fowler brought in McGrath to give the Bells’ lead 3-0.

“That inning was huge,” said Gange, referring to the two run eighth. “When you put up runs, late in the game like that, you deflate your opposition and then you allow your pitchers to go out with a big lead where they know one mistake won’t cost us the game.”

Once again it was another great night for the defense. With the exception of an error by pitcher Spencer Howard the Bells played a clean game and received another double play from the infield which has now not committed an error since July 6.

“You wonder why the pitching has been so great as of late, it is partly because of the defense” said Gange. “It’s easy to see why the pitchers are pitching so great, because they are confident with the guys behind them. Our defense has been exceptional lately.”

The back to back shutouts by Bells’ pitching is the first time this season they have accomplished the feat. The win ends non-league play on the season for the Bells, and sets up a three game series against second place Cowlitz that will begin on Monday.

The Bells are seven games ahead of Cowlitz now and will throw Zach Johnson in game one of that series. Erik Oas will be on the call with a 6:20 pregame and 6:35 first pitch. Bells End Non-League Play with Series Sweep

For two games the San Francisco Seals came to Joe Martin Field and Bellingham Bells pitching did not allow a run in those two games. The fifth shutout of the year and second in a row gave the Bells a 3-0.

“I was real happy with the way we played in these two games,” Gange said. “Any time you can shut out a team on back to back nights, you’re getting two things, and that’s pitching and defense.”

The back to back shutouts by Bells’ pitching is the first time this season they have accomplished the feat. The win ends non-league play on the season for the Bells, and sets up a three game series against second place Cowlitz that will begin on Monday.

The Bells are seven games ahead of Cowlitz now and will throw Zach Johnson in game one of that series. Erik Oas will be on the call with a 6:20 pregame and 6:35 first pitch. 



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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