The Bellingham Bells were defeated, 8-1, by the Victoria HarbourCats in the teams’ series finale today at Royal Athletic Park.
Victoria came back, down 1-0, early to reel off eight unanswered runs to avoid being swept by Bellingham.
The Bells got on the board in the second inning on a sacrifice fly from Nick DeNicola to plate Jack Machtolf, who had walked, for an early 1-0 lead.
The HarbourCats responded in the bottom of the third, though, plating four runs against Bells starter C.J. Varela for a 4-1 lead.
They kept the Bells hitless until the sixth, when Troy Viola dribbled a ball down the third base line for the team’s first hit. They couldn’t score him though, which opened the door for Victoria to add insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh.
They scored two more in the inning on solo homeruns from Harrison Spohn and Jason Willow to take an 8-1 lead they would not give up.
With win, Victoria clinched a playoff berth as the West Coast League north division’s first half champion. The Bells finished in second place at 16-11.
They will begin the second half tomorrow against the Walla Walla Sweets at Joe Martin Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.