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Bells Complete Three-Game Exhibition Sweep

07/16/2009 9:04 PM

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The Bellingham Bells held the upper hand Thursday against Bellingham Post 7 at Joe Martin Field. After jumping out to an early lead, the Bells held off the pesky Post 7 squad to capture an 10-6 victory—the Bells’ eighth straight at home.


Sam Richter hit a leadoff home run in the home half of the first inning to put the Bells on top—a position they would hold throughout the contest. Bellingham scored two more runs in the inning before jumping out to a commanding 8-1 lead with five runs in the third.


But the lead was quickly cut down to two runs when Post 7 responded with a five-run inning of their own in the top of the fourth. Three of the first four batters in the frame were hit by a pitch to reach base and five of the first six batters reached home before the Bells were able to escape the inning with an 8-6 lead.


“We’ve played some tough competition in our league and we knew these past three games weren’t going to be any easier,” said Bells head coach Brandon Newell. “Tonight’s game was a little fun because of the dynamic it had with a pair of brothers facing off against each other and the Post 7 team is full of local talent. But it was still a game and our team wants to win every time they take the field.”


Luke Scott started on the mound for the Bells and struck out six batters in just three innings of work, but left with the bases loaded in the fourth inning after putting the first three batters on. Jordan Stern came in to relieve Scott and earned the win after allowing just one run in two innings on the bump.


In the seventh inning, Post 7 brought in Evan Fenton to face leadoff batter and Evan’s brother, Bells’ first baseman Rhett Fenton. In a one-pitch appearance, Evan threw a lazy breaking ball that stayed inside and hit Rhett between the back numbers. The two hammed it up a little before Rhett jogged down to first and Evan returned to third base.


Richter finished the night 2-of-5 at the plate with two runs scored and three runs batted in. Craig Hertler also added two hits for the Bells.


Bellingham scored its final two runs after the first two batters walked to lead off the eighth inning—both later scored.


The Bells return to West Coast League action Friday on the road against the Bend Elks. Following a six-game road trip, Bellingham returns to Joe Martin Field on July 23 to take on the Seattle Studs in exhibition action to open a nine-game homestand.

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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Joe Martin Field 

1220 Civic Field Way 

Bellingham, WA 98229

(360) 527-1035