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Sweets Get Their Bells Rung

07/16/2016 8:47 PM

The Bells rode a big first inning to a 6-3 victor over the Walla Walla Sweets Saturday night.

The Bells bats started hot tonight, putting up 4 runs in the first inning. Andru Cardenas was hit by a pitch to give the Bells their first runner of the game, Shane Hanon then promptly lined a double down the left field line to score Cardenas all the way from first. Chase Strumpf then singled and David Banuelos walked to load the bases. Danny Casals then roped a two RBI single to center field to increase the Bells’ lead to 3-0. After an Elijah Skipps walk, Matt DiLeo ripped a single to left to score Banuelos from third, and the 1st inning ended with the score at 4-0 Bells.

The Sweets got a run back in the top of the 2nd when Nick Nyquist launched a solo homer into the parking lot in left. But the Bells immediately struck back for a run of their own in the bottom of the inning. Andru Cardenas got things started once again with a bloop single to center. A sac bunt from Shane Hanon and a groundout moved Cardenas 3rd. David Banuelos then drove Cardenas in with groundball back up the middle to move the score to 5-1 Bells.

The Sweets picked up another run in the top of the 4th. A one out hit by pitch ended up coming around to score on Griffin Mazur’s RBI single to left. That made the score 5-2 Bells. The Bells manufactured a run as well in the 7th. Cardenas got things started again with a walk and a stolen base. Shane Hanon then laid down another sac bunt to move him to third, and Chase Strumpf drove him in with a sac fly to center. The Sweets added a run in the top of the 8th as well. A leadoff single and some creative base running from the sweets led to a run, and the score moving to the bottom of the 8th was 6-3 Bells.

Bells pitching was great tonight as Tyler Palm, Spencer Howard, Zach Johnson, and Sam Hellinger combined to allow only 3 runs on 5 hits while striking out 7 Walla Walla batters.

The Bells take the field again tomorrow Sunday July 16th for their final game of the three game series against the Walla Walla Sweets at 3:05.  Pre-game coverage starts at 2:35 on 930 AM KBAI with Tom Prizeman. To purchase tickets visit http://bellinghambells.com/home/ or call (367) 527-1035.



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