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Bells Win Big on Sunday

07/16/2017 5:08 PM

The Bells exploded for 10 runs in the first four innings, as the Bells claimed the series win with a 11–5 win over the Yakima Valley Pippins. The bats, relatively quiet over the first two games of the series, opened up for 15 hits. 

A Chase Illig home run started the festivities in the bottom of the first, as he scored Austin Pinorini, who reached on a walk two batters earlier. The Bells kept it going with another trio of runs in the bottom of the second. A bases-loaded sacrifice fly from Ernie Yake made it 3-0, and Pinorini laced a 2-RBI double to put the Bells ahead by five. 

In the bottom of the third, the Bells added another four runs. Kody Matthews jacked a two-run homer remarkably deep over the left-field fence into the parking lot. He went 2-4 with 2 RBIs a day after going 4-5. 

A pair of doubles from Yake and Pinorini made it 9-0, before a Colin Ridley single made it 10-0. The Bells were held scoreless for the first time of the game in the fifth inning, but a Ryan Mendoza RBI-single in the bottom of the sixth made it 11-0. 

Start Zach Pettway (2-0) had a very economical performance for the first 5.2 innings of his 6-inning outing, giving up just five hits through the first 17 outs, before giving up three runs before recording his final out. He earned a quality start on the day. 

Tommy Paul (0-0) of Oregon State University pitched the seventh, giving up two runs, before Josh Zavisubin (0-0) pitched the scoreless eighth and ninth innings. 

Tomorrow, the five Bells named to the WCL North Division All-Star Team head to Yakima to participate in the All-Star Game. Catcher Illig, infielders Yake and Shenton, and pitchers Pettway and Holden Powell will make the journey, with Illig also participating in the home-run derby. 

The Bells will resume WCL play on Wednesday night at home with a three-game series against the Victoria Harbourcats. First pitch Wednesday will be at 6:35 p.m., at Joe Martin Field.



About the Bellingham Bells

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. 

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1220 Civic Field Way 

Bellingham, WA 98229

(360) 527-1035