The Bells split a doubleheader caused by a rain-delay with the Corvallis Knights, winning the last game of the series against the defending WCL Champions.
In the first game of the day, the Bells had a last-inning rally just fended off by Corvallis, falling 4-3.
Corvallis’ starter, Austin Crowson, was extremely effective, holding the Bells hitless through the first six innings. He sent down 16 Bells in a row at one point, from the first through the sixth inning.
Jordan Qsar hit his second home run in as many days, this time muscling one the other way well clear of the left field fence. The shot put the Knights up 1-0.
In the top of the fourth inning, Bells starter Adam Davenport ran into some trouble after pitching the first three innings very effectively. A big drive to deep left, a hit batsman, a bunt, and a lined shot into the gap gave Corvallis a comfortable 3-0 lead.
Davenport was replaced after the fourth inning by lefty Kash Koltermann. Koltermann gave up a run on a deep sacrifice fly to center field in the fifth inning, making the score 4-0. He then
Designated hitter Austin Pinorini broke up the no-hitter with a sharply slapped single the other way, slipping past the third baseman, who was playing shallow. Shenton then walked, to put runners on first and second with no outs.
Max Flower had a fielder’s choice, and the shortstop made an overthrow to first, allowing a run to score to make it 4-1. An RBI double for catcher Chase Illig and an RBI single for Colin Ridley brought the Bells within one, and a pair of walks loaded the bases, with the go-ahead run in scoring position.
After a great at-bat, second baseman Ernie Yake grounded out to end the first game, a tough ending to a close game.
The Bells grabbed the series finale to avoid the sweep and finish even for the day, with a tight 2-1 win over Corvallis. They were led by a commanding performance from starting pitcher Holden Powell and a save by Josh Zavisubin.
The Knights struck first, off of a bases-loaded error by third baseman Evan McClary in the third inning. A chopper that McClary had to run up on caught the heel of his glove, and it allowed the runners to advance, and the runner from third to score easily.
The Bells struck back with a great fifth inning, scoring two runs to get on top of Corvallis for the first time in the series. Right fielder Colin Ridley rode a pitch to left for a double, and Yake ripped one just up the first-base line just after. Ridley scored easily, and Yake legged it out to second, just getting under the tag.
After a sacrifice bunt, Yake scored from third on a close play at the plate after a sacrifice line drive by center fielder Shane Hanon that put them ahead for good.
Powell had another strong start, going five innings with seven strikeouts, and allowing just two hits and no earned runs, an impressive feat for a seventeen-year-old in the WCL. His fastball touched a blistering 91 miles-per-hour in his second start of the game, earning his second win of the season.
Connor Sage, local lefty from Squalicum High School, came in and threw a solid inning of relief in the sixth. Sage notched a strikeout, in a second great performance for the 10-day contract pitcher, hoping to earn a spot on the full-time roster.
Zavisubin, another local pitcher from Sehome High School, came on in the seventh inning, the final one due to the doubleheader forced by the rainout on Thursday. He closed out the game, allowing just one hit and striking out the last batter.
The Bells depart Sunday morning for a three-game series with the Gresham GreyWolves. The Bells opened their season against Gresham, where they won the first and last games of the series, before coming back for a homestand.