BELLINGHAM, Wash.– Bellingham suffered two losses in Sunday’s doubleheader against Bend at Joe Martin Field as the Bells’ current losing streak reached eight games.
Making up Saturday’s rained out game in game one of the twin bill, the Bells fell behind 1-0 in the third inning and lost 2-1 after an error allowed Cal Towey to reach base to lead off the fourth—Towey later scored what became Bend’s game-winning run on an RBI single by Riley Tubbs.
Both teams had just five hits in the contest. All five hits on both sides were off the starting pitchers. Bells starter Zack Fowler was tagged with the loss after pitching 6 2/3 of the seven inning contest; Bend’s Enoch Deaton earned the win after pitching 2 1/3 perfect innings in relief.
Bellingham gave up a first inning run to Bend in game two and still trailed by a 1-0 score entering the seventh and final inning. But the Bells failed to get on the board and lost 3-0 as Bend southpaw Spencer Jackson pitched a three-hit shutout to give the Elks the three-game sweep.
The loss dropped Bellingham to 17-19 on the season and stretched the Bells’ current losing streak to eight games. Bellingham now trails Bend by three games for the final West Division playoff spot in the West Coast League with 12 games remaining in the regular season.
Bellingham returns to action Tuesday, July 28, when the Bells open a three-game series against league-leading Corvallis at Joe Martin Field. First pitch for Tuesday’s contest is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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.