Merle Rowan-Kennedy (1-2) earned his first win of the season in by far his best out of the season. He went six innings, giving up just one run and four hits. After giving up the first run of the game in the top of the first inning, he was on cruise control, giving up just one hit over the final three innings.
Despite falling behind early, the Bells took the lead back shortly after. Center fielder Austin Pinorini was hit by a pitch, and third baseman Brendan McClary doubled him over to third while putting himself in scoring position. Designated hitter Austin Shenton rolled one to first base, and heads-up baserunning from Pinorini saw him slide headfirst across the plate to tie the game up.
First baseman Kyle Stowers drove one into right field to score McClary, and he advanced to second on the throw home, before catcher Ryan Mendoza had a double of his own to make the game 3-1 with Stowers coming around to score.
The Bells then scored another run in the bottom of the third thanks to an error from the pitcher for Cowlitz. Shenton singled and right fielder Brock Anderson rapped one through the right side of the infield to put runners on the corners. Then a tapper right to the pitcher was scooped up and thrown into center field to allow Shenton to score one what could have been an inning-ending double play.
Trevor DeLaite (3-2) pitched two perfect innings in relief. He notched three strikeouts in the outing, with an electric breaking ball fooling batters multiple times.
Closer Luke Manuel (0-1) came on in a non-save situation in the ninth inning. He threw a scoreless inning, and recorded a strikeout as he finished the game off.
The Bells try to earn the sweep tomorrow night in the final game of the series before taking off to Kelowna for their first road trip north of the border. First pitch is at 6:35 p.m. at Joe Martin Field.The Bells kept pace in their playoff chase, as they defeated the Cowlitz Black Bears 5-1. The win secured a series win for the Bells, their second series in a row.