The Bellingham Bells fell to the Kelowna Falcons 7-5 at Elks Stadium in Kelowna Friday Night.
The loss snapped a five game winning streak for Bellingham.
Bellingham led 4-2 after four innings but a three run Kelowna sixth inning gave the Faclons a lead they never relinquished, scoring insurance runs in the seventh and eighth frames.
Bellingham opened the scoring in the first inning, with three singles off the bats of Austin Pinorini, Brendan McClary and Chase Illig. Illig's league leading 46th RBI gave the Bells a 1-0 lead.
Kelowna scored a single run in the first and second frames to take a 2-1 lead. Bellingham responded in the third with a two run dinger from Brendan McClary. McClary's first homerun of the season lifted the Bells in front 3-2.
Bellingham tacked on another run on their second homerun of the day in the fourth. Colin Ridley smacked his fourth homerun of the season over the right field fence. The Maine Black Bear increased the Bells lead to 4-2.
Holden Powell earned a no decision for Bellingham, as the the UCLA Bruin tossed five innings allowing just two runs on four hits while fanning five.
Bellingham had chances in the sixth and seventh innings, stranding two runners in scoring position in both frames. Bellingham as a team left 12 runners on base.
Tommy Paul and Spencer Hereford worked the final three innings for Bellingham. Paul walked two batters in the sixth inning and was lifted for Hereford. Hereford (0-1) made his Bells debut and was tagged with the loss, tossing three innings, surrendering three runs and striking out two.
Kyle Stowers and Illig each had three hits for the Bells, while Austin Shenton extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a 1 for 3 peformance while McClary has now hit succesfully nine straight games with a 2 for 5 effort. McClary has also had multi hit games in his last five outings, raising his average from .183 to .272 in just nine games.
Bellingham returns to action tomorrow against the Falcons, first pitch is set for 6:35.