BELLINGHAM, Wash. – For the Bellingham Bells and starter Luke Scott it was good to be home after dropping four games during their last six-game road trip. Despite falling behind early to the Wenatchee AppleSox, the Bells bounced back with a four-run fourth inning to earn the 6-3 win and snap a three-game losing streak.
Facing the best team in the West Coast League, the Bells and Scott fell behind 2-0 in the third inning. Only one of the two runs was earned as the Bells committed two errors in the inning.
Bellingham responded with a single run in the bottom half of the third when Beau Brett scored on a Tanner Leighton single through the right side of the infield. Brett was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, but the Bells could not completely erase the lead and left runners on first and second.
After the Bells got on the board, Scott fell into a groove and gave up just one hit during his last 3 1/3 innings of work.
Bellingham quickly returned to the offensive attack and added four run in the fourth inning to take command of the game. Wenatchee’s only other run of the evening came after Scott walked a batter with one out in the seventh inning to end his night. He finished having tossed 6 1/3 while giving up three runs – two earned – on four hits and struck out seven.
“Luke gave us a great outing and was able to relax the deeper he pitched into the game,” said Bells head coach Brandon Newell. “Our guys were able to put us ahead in the fourth inning and Scott did a great job of controlling the pace of the game to get us a much-needed win.”
Mitch Ludtke threw the final 2 2/3 for the Bells to pick up his first save. Scott improved to 2-0 with the win and the Bells moved to 6-7 in WCL action.
Offensively, the Bells were quite for most of the night with the exception of their four-run, four-hit fourth. Danny Hennigs, Mike Chiarelli, Craig Hertler and Brett garnered hits in the fourth. Hertler and Leighton also singled in the third to account for the Bells’ six hits.
Wenatchee entered the game riding a 6-0 road record to open the 2009 season. The loss moves the AppleSox to 10-3 on the season, 6-1 on the road.
Bellingham and Wenatchee continue their three-game set Friday, June 26. The first pitch for game two is slated for 7 p.m. at Joe Martin Field. Fans can come out and enjoy Haggen $1 Family Feast Night with special prices throughout the stadium; the night is promoted by Praise 106.5.
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.