BELLINGHAM, Wash.– Bellingham had its playoff hopes dashed Wednesday, Aug.5, at Joe Martin Field as the Bend Elks defeated the Bells 15-4 and captured the final spot in the West Coast League’s post season.
The Elks put three runs on the board in the first and never looked back as Bobby Crocker and Corey Valine each had three hits to pace Bend’s offense. The two also combined for 7 RBI on night.
Bells starter Mitch Ludtke gave up eight runs to the Elks during his 4 1/3 innings on the mound. Ludtke left the game in the fifth after giving up five consecutive hits, including a three-run home run by Kyle Buchanan.
Bend continued to pile on the runs with one in the sixth, three in the seventh and three more in the ninth to clinch second place in the WCL’s West Division in dominating fashion. Along with their 15 runs and 19 hits Wednesday, the Elks also left 17 runners on base.
Bellingham finished the night with eight hits.
The Bells and Elks wrap up their three game series on Thursday, Aug. 6, as Bellingham plays its final home game of the season. Game time 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.