On the last regular season road game of the year the Bellingham Bells (32-19) held off a late push from the Cowlitz Black Bears (19-32) to win 11-8.
For the third time this year, the Bells put up 11 runs but did so not with hits, but from walks and hit batters. Nine Bells batters were walked and five were hit.
The first run of the night for the Bells came in the first inning without a hit. Beau Branton was hit to begin the game by Black Bears starter Kelvan Pilot (0-2). K.J. Brady walked to follow Branton and through a combination of an error, a passed ball and two groundouts, the Bells jumped out to a 2-0 lead.
Two more runs for the Bells were plated off Pilot in the second inning, which would be his last inning of work. After two innings, Pilot had given up four runs and walked three batters to go with two hit batsmen. The early lead for the Bells would hold up for the rest of the game, but was constantly challenged.
Andrew Summerville (3-2) turned in another solid outing for the Bells. The lefthander worked through six innings to earn his third win of the season. Summerville allowed just two runs while striking out six.
After Summerville was removed following the sixth inning the Black Bears came up with a run off Cody Anderson to trim the lead to 6-3.
In the top of the eighth, the Bells seemed like they had put the game out of reach with a five run inning. The crooked number was made possible by a wild bullpen outing from Ryan Wood, who hit three Bells in a row to force in a run and load the bases. The last batter he hit, Alex Galgano, was enough to end his night.
Josh Johnson relieved Wood and struggled as well. A walk, an error, and Branton RBI single made it five runs in the inning.
But an 11-3 lead was placed in jeopardy when the Black Bears returned the favor with a five run bottom of the eighth inning that made it 11-8.
All five of the runs were charged to Hunter Haworth. Haworth retired the first two Black Bears to begin the inning but then saw the next seven men reach before being taken out.
Riley Storedahl struck out the tenth batter of the inning to end the eighth and stayed on to work a 1-2-3 ninth, earning his second save of the year.
The Bells end the season 17-9 on the road.
Tomorrow, the Bells will begin their final series of the 2015 regular season against the Victoria HarbourCats. Justin Courtney is slated to take the ball for the Bells in game one at Joe Martin Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. with Erik Oas on the call with a 6:35 pregame show on 930 KBAI.