The Bellingham Bells (3-3) defeated the Yakima Valley Pippins (3-3) 9-6 on Wednesday night at Yakima County Ballpark in Yakima.
Bellingham crossed three runs in the seventh inning to secure the final game of the three game series.
10 members of the Bells offensive unit scored or drove in a run on Wednesday night, led by Cal product Max Flower, who was 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored and finished the three game series 6 for 14 (.428) with 5 RBIs against the Pippins.
Bellingham trailed 2-0 heading into the top half of the third, when the offense exploded to the tune of five runs, thanks to a pair of RBI singles from Flower and Austin Pinorini, and two errors from Yakima. Back to back doubles from Brendan McClary and Shane Hanon in the fourth inning extended the Bells lead to 6-2.
Yakima would not go away quietly, crossing two runs in the fourth on a two run homerun from Tyler Sandoval and two more runs in the fifth to tie the game at six.
Bellingham starting pitcher Chad Gideon did not factor in the decision, dealing four innings, allowing four runs and fanning six two batters.
In the seventh inning, Bellingham loaded the bases and Ernie Yake, the hometown kid from Squalicum High School, knocked in the winning run with an RBI single. Ricardo Barraza was hit by pitch with the bases still loaded to drive in the Bells’ eighth run and Yakima’s fourth error of the night on a McClary ground ball extended the Bells lead to 3.
Kash Kolterman, Arman Sabouri, Trevor DeLaite and Sehome graduate Josh Zavisubin worked the final five frames for Bellingham. Kolterman hurled a single frame, allowing two runs on three hits, while DeLaite worked one and two thirds, not allowing a run and fanning one.
Sabouri (1-0) earned his first win as a Bell, pitching a scoreless sixth inning with the game tied, inducing a double play to squeeze out of a bases load jam. Zavisubin entered with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth inning and forced a ground ball out on the first pitch of his outing to escape the trouble. The 2016 WCL honorable mention earned his first save of the season, shutting the door with a scoreless ninth inning.
The Bells return home on Thursday, June 8th against the Corvallis Knights. To purchase tickets visit http://bellinghambells.com/home/ or call (367) 527-1035. First pitch will be thrown a 6:35, with pre-game coverage starting at 6:15 with Tom Prizeman on mixlr.com/bellinghambells