The Bells claim their second sweep in a row, defeating the Bend Elks 8-0, led by a big second inning and a strong performance by starter Zack Pettway (1-0).
Pettway, just out of high school, rang up seven Elks in his debut, going five solid innings while giving up just one hit. He made quick work of the lineup.
In the second inning, a Max Flower double turned into a scoring play, as a throwing error by the right fielder allowed Flower to get all the way around for the first run of the game. Colin Ridley followed with a single, and Lawson got a walk before Evan Hurn crushed one out to deep right. The ball one-hopped off the fence, and allowed Lawson to get all the way around from first with a great headfirst slide.
Ernie Yake then drove one over the right fielder’s head, and that scored Hurn from second, putting the Bells up 4-0. Yake got it done again in the bottom of the fourth inning, putting another line drive into right field that scored Flower and Ridley to make it 6-0.
Lawson added some insurance in the seventh inning, as a shallow fly ball right on the right field line dropped in for a hit. The bloop single scored Max Flower from second. In the eighth inning, a Kody Matthews double into the left field corner scored Ridley, and gave the Bell their final run of the game and made it 8-0.
Zach Grech threw two innings of solid relief, as the right-handed hurler kept the Bells to just one hit while notching a couple strikeouts of his own. Chandler Greenfield threw a hitless eighth, getting two strikeouts, before Luke Manuel came in to finish the game off.
The Bells play next tomorrow night, as they begin a series with the Kelowna Falcons, their first intra-division game, as this will be their first game against the North Division. First pitch is at 6:35 p.m. at Joe Martin Field.