A Bells base runner was thrown out at the plate attempting to score on an Eric Lane double in the 13th inning, ending the game and giving the Bend Elks a 2-1 victory over the Bells.
It was a ballgame dominated by pitching, as both teams went 12 innings without scoring a run. Kolton Emery got the start for Bellingham and pitched outstanding, allowing only one hit in five and two thirds scoreless innings.
Bend’s best chance against Emery came in the sixth inning after Justin Maffei singled to open the inning, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Donald Collins and stole third with one out. Emery then got Bo Walter, Bend’s leading hitter, to ground out back to the pitcher’s mound. J.R. Bunda then entered the game and got Tyler Christian to ground out, ending the threat.
Bunda, pitching for only the second time since June 4, went on to throw three and a third scoreless innings, allowing only one hit and a walk.
Daniel Chavez pitched the first 9 innings for the Elks, holding Bellingham scoreless on only five hits. Chavez’s biggest challenge came in the ninth inning, when the Bells loaded the bases with two singles and a hit batter. Chavez then induced a ground out to end the inning.
Bend finally broke through in the 13th, when Michael Tevlin led off with a double. Tevlin was moved over to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a sacrifice fly by Maffei. Collins then singled and stole second before Walter singled, scoring Collins to make it a 2-0 game.
However, Bellingham battled back in the bottom half of the inning. Pat Gallagher drew a leadoff walk and after two outs, Zane Yanzick walked to put runners on first and second.
Lane swung at the first pitch he faced and lined the ball into the gap in left-center field. Dillon Moyer, pinch-running for Gallagher, scored easily, and Manager Gary hatch waved Yanzick around. However, Derek Blankenship cut the ball off at second base and delivered a perfect throw home, getting Yanzick and ending the ballgame.
With the loss, Bellingham is now 14-16 on the year. The Bells next play the Alaska Goldpanners in a non-league game that begins Monday at 7:05 p.m. at Joe Martin Field.