Bellingham Bells hitters rattled off 10 hits on night one in Medford to begin a six game road trip, but despite the hits just plated just four runs and fell to the Medford Rogues 11-4.
Three Bells hitters had multi-hit games but once again failed to collect a hit with a runner in scoring position. The game began with a Dustin Breshears single and Alex Galgano walk but nothing came of the rally when Chris Beall struck out looking and Bronson Larsen rolled into an inning ending double play. It started a string of six consecutive innings where the Bells got the leadoff hitter on, but had to wait until the fourth inning until they scored their first run.
Rogues starter Kohl Hostert (2-2) tip toed around jams all night. He went five innings and never threw an inning where a Bell did not reach. The seventh inning was the only inning in which the Bells were held of the bases.
Justin Calomeni (2-1) started for the Bells and gave up a run in his first inning of work. The first batter of the bottom of the first, Derron Davis, chopped a ground ball down the third base line, but Calomeni fielded and threw it down the right field line. By the time the ball was returned to the infield,
Davis was at second. Davis scored on a ground ball from Danny Platzlaff after moving to third on a wild pitch, the unearned run gave the Rogues a 1-0 lead.
Another run for the Rogues came across in the second inning for the Rogues. Calomeni managed to get the first batters out in the inning but then uncharacteristically lost control of the strike zone. He issued back to back walks for the first time this season and then gave up a RBI double to the nine hitter Brock Pradair. It would be the only hit Calomeni would allow until the fifth inning.
The difference on the evening would be the big innings surrendered by Bells pitching. In Calomeni’s final inning, the fifth, four runs scored from a combination of four hits and the second error of the night charged to Calomeni.
Bells' reliever Brice Longanecker worked the eighth inning for what would be an explosion of Rogues offense. 10 batters were sent to the plate against the lefthander who was rocked for five runs that came on six hits and a walk. The mega inning made it 11-2 Rogues.
The Bells did not go down quietly in the top of the ninth. They loaded the bases with nobody out and chased home two runs to make it 11-4. But the rally ran out of gas when KJ Brady popped out to end the game.
It was the first time the Bells have lost a game on Friday this year and is the most runs allowed by Bells pitchers this year.
Tomorrow the Bells will play game two behind Grant Schneider. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 pm, Erik Oas will be on the call with a 6:05 pregame show.