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Bells Continue Playoff Push

08/02/2016 8:34 PM

The Bells pitching and defense came to play in their 4-1 win over the Kelowna Falcons Tuesday night.

The Bells got off to a quick start with a run in the first. Andru Cardenas got things started with a triple to right and a batter later Chase Strumpf drove him in with a sac fly to right and the Bells had the early lead at 1-0.

Kelowna struck back for a run of their own in the 5th, Joey Crunkilton lined a solo homerun down the line in right to tie the game at 1-1. But Bellingham came back to score one of their own in the bottom of the 6th. Gunnar Schubert started things off with a single to center, and stole second base 2 batters later. The next at bat a wild pitch allowed Schubert to advance to 3rd and another wild pitch then allowed him to score, giving the Bells the lead at 2-1.

The Bells were able to tack on an insurance run in the bottom of the 8th. Matt DiLeo led things off with a single to left center and a sac bunt from Gunnar Schubert moved him to second. Landon Riker then drove in Schubert with a line drive single to center. A walk to Chase Strumpf and a catcher’s interference with Jake Vieth up to bat loaded the bases with Dean Lawson coming to the plate. A passed ball allowed Riker to score and the Bells had a lead they would not relinquish at 4-1.

Pitching and defense were key for the Bells tonight. Tyler Palm started and went 5 strong innings while only allowing one earned run on 3 hits. Jeff Gelinas came in for the next two innings and only allowed one hit while recording all six of his outs via strikeout. Josh Zavisubin pitched a 1-2-3 8th and Sam Hellinger slammed the door with a 1-2-3 ninth and earned his 11th save in the process.

The Bells take the field again Wednesday August 3rd for their final game of the three game series against 7:05.  Pre-game coverage starts at 6:35 on mixler.com 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