BELLINGHAM, Wash.– Bellingham recovered from a leadoff home run by Portland to win its second straight against the Ports, 6-4, Wednesday afternoon at Joe Martin Field.
Portland’s Michael Blake homered in the game’s first at-bat and gave himself the edge as he started the game on the mound for the Ports. But his 2-for-3 performance at the plate overshadowed his two innings on the mound as he gave up three runs on just two hits while also walking a pair.
Catcher Kevin Whitehead paced the way for Bellingham going 3-for-4 on the afternoon with a run scored and another batted in. Sam Richter and Tanner Leighton each scored two of Bellingham’s six runs; they finished the day a combined 0-for-5, but were walked five times.
J.D. Haver picked up the exhibition win after five innings of work. He gave up two runs—one earned—on four hits and struck out two batters. Ludtke pitched three scoreless innings in relief before Seth Harvey came in to collect the save in the ninth.
The Bells wrap up a three-game exhibition home slate Thursday, July 16, against Bellingham Post 7 beginning at 7 p.m. at Joe Martin Field.
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.