BELLINGHAM, Wash.– Bellingham’s woes continued Thursday as the Bells’ losing streak reach a season-high five games. The Bells lost just their second non-league game of the season 1-3 to the Seattle Studs in their return to Joe Martin Field following a six-game road trip.
Ray Hanson pitched seven innings for Bellingham, striking out five batters, but gave up two runs his final inning on the mound to take the loss.
The Bells had five hits in the contest and their lone run was unearned thanks to one of Seattle’s three errors in the ballgame. Studs pitcher J.T. Zink did walk four batters during his seven innings of work, but earned the win after Jesse Spellmeyer shut down the Bells for the final two innings to garner the save.
Danny Hennigs tied the game with an RBI single in the fifth inning to plate Kevin Whitehead for the Bells’ lone run of the game. Bellingham’s bullpen pitched the final two innings of the game as Brandon Foster tossed a 1-2-3 eighth before Mark Purser did the same in the ninth.
Bellingham returns to West Coast League action on Friday, July 24, as they host the Bend Elks to open a three-game series. The Bells and Elks are currently tied for second place and the final playoff spot in the West Division. First pitch for Friday’s game is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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.