The game pulled the Bells within a half of a game for a playoff berth, as Victoria lost to Kelowna earlier in the day.
The Bells batted all the way around the order in the second inning. Max Flower drew a walk and stole second before Brock Anderson doubled him in. Kody Matthews also drew a walk and stole second, before Colby Barrick singled in the two runners and moved to second on the throw.
Evan Hurn drew a walk, and Brendan McClary slapped a single to load the bases for Austin Shenton. Shenton, the league’s leading hitter, roped a double to score two runners and move McClary to third.
Max Flower, up for the second time in the inning, hit a deep sacrifice fly to score McClary for the final run of the inning.
The whole rally was in response to a one-run inning by the Black Bears off of Bells starter, Cooper Misic (0-1).
The Langley, B.C. native went three innings giving up one earned run and five hits. Misic was with the club earlier in the season on a ten-day contract. After it expired, he went home but has been recalled as the Bells’ rotation has taken a beating on the injury front.
The Bells struck again in the bottom of the sixth inning. Evan Hurn hit a double, and advanced to third and then home on sacrifice flies by Austin Pinorni and McClary to finish the scoring for the Bells.
Cowlitz’s starting pitcher, C.J. Blowers, and son of Mariners great Mike Blowers, was chased early. He made it through just 1.1 innings, giving up all six runs and walking four.
Luke Manuel (0-1) earned the save, collecting three outs in the top of the ninth with a sharp slider and a strong fastball coming in at 92 miles-per-hour on the final pitch as he struck out the final batter.
The Bells depart on the final road trip of the season, going to Kelowna and Victoria in pursuit of the final playoff berth, which Victoria currently holds. They return to Joe Martin Field for the final home series of the regular season against the Wenatchee AppleSox next Friday night at 6:35 p.m.