The Bellingham Bells used a four-run seventh inning to grab the lead en route to a 5-3 victory over Corvallis on Sunday at Joe Martin Field. The win gave the Bells their first back-to-back wins and first series victory of the season.
After five scoreless innings, Corvallis scored two unearned runs in the sixth following a fielding error by the Bells. But Bellingham starter Zack Fowler looked sharp on the bump as he surrendered just three four hits in six innings of work and both of the runs charged to his final line were unearned.
Bellingham quickly cut the lead to one with a run of its own in the sixth before busting open its largest lead since opening night. Garrett DeRooy, who scored the game-winning run in Saturday’s thriller, pitched a scoreless seventh inning before watching his team plate four runs on just three hits in the seventh to put him in line for the win.
Mark Pursur led off the seventh with a walk as the Bells put their first three batters on base. Patrick Claussen capped off the inning with a two-run double as part of his 3 of 4 performance on the afternoon.
The Knights tried to rally in the ninth inning and eventually scored one run before Billy Clontz, who represented the go-ahead run, struck out swinging to end the game and the series.
Seth Harvey garnered the save for Bellingham after pitching into and out of a ninth inning jam. DeRooy earned the win.
The Bells now hit the road for six games including three in Bend, Ore., before meeting up with the Knights again in Corvallis for three games. Bellingham returns home on June 25 to open an eight-game homestand with games against the Wenatchee Apple Sox (June 25-27), Everett Merchants (June 28), Kelowna Falcons (June 30-July 2) and Kitsap BlueJackets (July 3).
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.