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Comeback Falls Short in 10 Innings

08/10/2015 2:11 PM

Nine innings was not enough to decide the final game of the regular season. The Bellingham Bells (33-21) came back from a 4-0 deficit to tie the Victoria HarbourCats (29-24) only to fall 6-4 in 10 innings.

Justin Courtney made his second start of the season for the Bells but lasted just three innings in a game marked by several pitching changes. “It was our game plan all game long to get guys some work in a final tune up before the postseason,” assistant coach Mike Gange said.

Five pitchers were used by the Bells who were undone by three two run innings. The scoring started with a two run third inning for the HarbourCats off Courtney. A one out single, walk, double and sacrifice fly stacked the HarbourCats to an early 2-0 lead.

Another two run inning from the HarbourCats in the seventh made it 4-0. Kevin Collared started the rally when he reached on a fielding error committed by Chris Beall. Collared would score the first run of the inning, his fifth run scored of the series. A bases loaded two RBI double from Ben Polshuck brought in the runs but also ended the inning when a Bells relay cut down Michael Gretler trying to score from first.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Bells got on the board with a run off Sean O’Toole. Joey Harris doubled with one out and was brought in on a single by the the next batter, Patrick McGrath.

The HarbourCats used a combination of six pitchers to work through the ten frames. Calvin Christensen worked the eighth but the Bells made up the difference with a three run inning. Chase Scott, who did not start the game, entered as a pinch hitter for his final game as a Bell.

“He’s a Bell,” Gange said. “He was one of the hardest workers we had and will be missed in the postseason.”

Scott kicked off the three run rally with a one out walk and scored from second on a Chris Beall infield single.  Walker Olis, down 0-2 in the count, crushed O’Toole’s next offering over the wall in left center to tie the game at four. It was Olis’s eighth home run of the season, a new single season record for the Bells, and also his 10th in his time with the Bells, another team record.

Nate Higa worked two and a third innings, his longest of the year. His last inning, the HarbourCats were able to figure out the right hander as two singles, a stolen base and an error pushed two runs across to break the 4-4 tie.

The loss means the Bells will host game one in the first playoff series against the Kelowna Falcons on Tuesday, August 11 at 7:05 p.m.

The Bells will take tomorrow off before beginning the postseason with Justin Calomeni taking the ball for game one. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 with Erik Oas on the call for a 6:35 pregame show. 

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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1220 Civic Field Way 

Bellingham, WA 98229

(360) 527-1035