The Bells extended their win streak to 6 Wednesday night in their 5-0 win over the North Sound Emeralds. Due to it being a non-league game the Bells ran seven different pitchers out to the mound Wednesday night, with Payton Mackin starting and receiving the win. From there it was the rest of the Bells’ staff that shut down the Emeralds.
David Stealy, Keaton Knuepple, Gio Lopez, Sam Hellinger, Zach Dixon, and Spencer Howard combined for 6 innings of shut out relief, with Hellinger and Howard striking out two apiece in their respective innings. The Emeralds looked overmatched all night facing the Bells’ pitchers and hopefully that is a sign of things to come for this staff.
The pitching was great, but to win the Bells also had to score and the offense did not disappoint tonight. The scoring started for the Bells in the second inning, a one out single from Justin Polzin started the inning off for the Bells and after a strikeout, Landon Riker was hit by a pitch and Brandon Shirley lined a single off of the pitcher’s leg to load the bases. Chase Strumpf would then work a walk to drive in the first Bells run of the game.
The Bells would then wait a couple innings to break the game open with a 4 spot in the 5th. Chase Strumpf started things off with a sharp single up the middle and would promptly steal second base, allowing Gunnar Schubert to single through the open 4 hole and the Bells had runners on the corners with no outs. David Banuelos then ripped a single into left scoring Strumpf from third giving the Bells a 2-0 lead. After a walk to Austin Shenton the Bells had the bases loaded for Elijah Skipps who singled to right to drive in both Banuelos and Schubert. After a double play, a wild pitch to Matt DiLeo allowed Shenton to score easily from third and the Bells had the lead 5-0 and that’s how it would stay for the rest of the night.
The hitting stars for the Bells tonight were Chase Strumpf and Elijah Skipps. Strumpf ended up 2-3 with a double, walk, RBI, run scored, and a stolen base, he truly did it all for the Bells tonight as he also played a sterling shortstop. Skipps had the big blow in the 5th for the Bells as his 2 RBI single put victory out of reach for the Emeralds.
The Bells take the field again on Friday June 17th in Walla Walla for the first game of their weekend series against the Walla Walla Sweets at 7:05. Pre-game coverage starts at 6:35 on 930 AM KBAI with Tom Prizeman.
The next home game for the Bells is on two dollar Tuesday June 21st at 7:05 against the Yakima Valley Pippins. To purchase tickets visit http://bellinghambells.com/home/ or call (367) 527-1035.