The Bellingham Bells defeated the Victoria HarbourCats 11-9 at Royal Athletic Park Monday evening.
The Bells used three seperare crooked innings, five runs in the second inning, three runs in sixth inning and three more runs in the seventh inning. 11 on the evening was enough for the Bells to hold on and win.
Kyle Stowers began the second inning with a solo homerun, his sixth of the summer, to put the Bells on the board. Kody Matthews and Austin Shenton each had RBI singles in the inning, while Brendan McClary chipped in a two RBI single in the nine batter, five run frame. Bellingham led 5-0 after one and a half.
Patrick Siler earned the start for Bellingham, tossing four and two thirds allowing six runs while striking out two. Siler did not factor in the decision.
Bellingham scored three runs in the sixth inning on a two RBI single for Ernie Yake, and Chase Illig's 50th RBI of the season, an RBI base knock scoring Yake, giving the Bells an 8-6 lead.
Cooper Misic (2-1) earned his second win of the season, working two and a third innings, allowing three runs to cross home.
Bellingham added three key insurance runs in the seventh inning. The first two runs crossed on a mammoth homerun off the bat of Max Flower, his fifth of the summer. Bellingham crossed their 11th run of the game on an Ernie Yake RBI sac fly, scoring Brock Anderson.
Tanner West and Josh Zavisubin closed the door for Bellingham. West, the Arizona State Sun Devil, tossed a scoreless eighth inning, fanning one, while Zavisubin fired a 1-2-3 ninth inning, ending the game with his 25th strikeout of the season for his fifth save of the season.
Max Flower and Colby Barrick led the way at the plate for Bellingham, each going for 4 for 5, with Flower scoring two runs and driving two in, and Barrick scoring two runs for the Bells. As a team, Bellingham rapped out 19 hits, including six Bells with multi-hit games.
Bellingham is a half game back of first place entering the final five games of the season.
The Bells return to the field on Tuesday evening in Victoria against the HarbourCats.