The sweep is the first for the Bells of the season, and it moves them up to 7-5 on the season, and puts them in a tie for first place in the North with Victoria.
A pair of first-inning home runs wasn’t enough for Gresham, as a three-run third inning erased the early deficit and a two-run fourth sealed the win.
Lefty Trevor DeLaite of the University of Maine continued his scoreless streak in his fourth appearance this season as he picked up the win of the first seven-inning game. He is yet to give up a run this season through 6.1 innings and has struck out six including two on Tuesday.
After Chase Illig and Brendan McClary went down quickly in the third, it took a five-batter, two-out rally for the Bells to claim the lead. Ernie Yake and Dean Lawson walked to put two on for Austin Pinorini, who doubled in Yake and moved Lawson to third. Austin Shenton, the FIU-commit, singled them both in to put the Bells out in front for good.
The Bells closed the door on a McClary two-RBI single an inning later that scored Max Flower and Colin Ridley. Flower doubled himself on base while Ridley drew a full-count walk.
Arman Sabouri earned himself an unusual 2-inning save, presumably as manager Greg Goetz planned on saving closer Josh Zavisubin of Sehome High School for the second game.
Ridley got his third home run of the season and Keenan Lum got his first win, as the Bells pitching staff combined to throw a three-hitter in the second leg, while the bats got twelve hits.
Ridley’s solo shot proved to be the go-ahead run as Gresham were held scoreless and did not record a hit for the last 4.2 innings. Pinorini advanced on a passed ball to score in the third inning for insurance, while McClary had another two-RBI single to put the game out of save territory.
Lum, who in his last appearance threw four innings of great baseball despite taking the loss, had a spotless outing, recording two strikeouts and facing the minimum, while Savisubin pitched the scoreless seventh.
Like Delaite, Zavisubin has pitched four outings and has yet to give up a run. Opponents are hitting just .133 against him, with a measly OBP of .455. He also has an excellent strike-to-ball ratio. An average ratio is somewhere just under two strikes to one ball, while Zavisubin can boast a 2.8:1 ratio.
Shenton has also had a torrid start to the season. The 5-for-7 performance between the two games hiked his average up to .528, with a full slash line of .528/.591/1.313. He has knocked the most doubles and hits on the team. He also has shown great discipline at the dish, with the least strikeouts of anyone on the team who has played in four games or more.
The Bells continue their summer with a non-league game against the Kitsap Blue Jackets on Friday night before a three-game series against the Bend Elks.