Chase Scott homered in the second inning to begin the scoring for the Bellingham Bells (22-12), and added his second home run of the night in the ninth in a wild 8-7 win over the Victoria HarbourCats (17-17).
From the moment Chase Scott hit his first home run until Jesse Kuet made the final the out the Bells lead but were constantly challenged by what manager Jeff James called a “patient and talented” offensive unit in the HarbourCats.
After three nights in Cowlitz that saw the Bells muster just six runs of total offense, the Bells came out swinging. Chase Scott’s second inning homer gave the Bells an early lead they would not surrender and they continued to add on from there.
In the top of the third, the Bells chased home two more runs off of HarbourCats starter Alex Rogers (3-2) and knocked him out before he could finish the third inning, taking a 4-0 lead.
Justin Calomeni (2-0) started for the Bells and went five and a third innings giving up two runs to earn the win. Calomeni allowed a run across in the sixth, making it a 4-2 lead. “That was how they played us tonight,” said James. “It was nice to get our bats working tonight, because we needed every run we could get.”
Bells' hitters continued to add on with a run in the sixth inning that was set up by a leadoff triple from Walker Olis. Olis scored two batters later on a KJ Brady ground ball to make it 5-2. Olis' slide looked like it spiked catcher Nick Meyer who was shaken up after the collision, but stayed in the game. In the eighth the Bells added another run on a RBI single from Jesse Kuet to stretch their lead to 6-2.
In the bottom of the eighth, the HarbourCats managed to string to hits together off of the Bells bullpen. Three runs were plated in the inning to make it a one run game, 6-5. Two of the three runs were not earned, a combination of a Alex Galgano passed ball and a Lou Della Fera error after a ball he lost in the lights led to the big inning.
But once again the Bells bats’ had an answer. For the second time this season Bells hitters went back to back with home runs. First Walker Olis homered to right center field and was followed by Chase Scott’s second home run of the night to left. It was Scott’s sixth home run of the season, the most by a Bell in a single season, giving the the Bells a 8-5 lead.
Nothing come easy on this night. In the bottom of the ninth inning, the HarbourCats pushed it back to a one run game on a two RBI double from Austin Gaboar. Brice Longanecker entered and walked the next two batters to load the bases with only one out. Longanecker then got pinch hitter AJ Alcantara to strikeout swinging. A batter later Nick Meyer smashed a ball to second basemen Jesse Kuet who fielded the in-between hop and raced to second for the force to end the game and the HarbourCats' nine game winnings streak.
Tomorrow the Bells go for the series win behind Grant Schneider. First pitch will come at 6:35 with Erik Oas on the call with a 6:20 pregame show.