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Stuart Fewel pitched a complete game shutout Wednesday night against the Bells, leading his Cowlitz Black Bears to a 5-0 victory over Bellingham in the rubber match of the series.
Fewel was in command all night long, walking only two Bells hitters and needing a mere 100 pitches. The victory lifted Fewel’s record to 1-2 on the year and vaulted Cowlitz to 6-9 following the series win.
Cowlitz took the lead in the second inning thanks to a Bells error. Kyle Garlick singled to right field and Bells outfielder Michael Aquino threw the ball over third base as he was attempting to get the baserunner. The ball went out of play and Braxton Miller scored while Garlick advanced to third. The next hitter, Spencer O’Neil, scored Garlick on an RBI groundout.
The Black Bears added on to their lead throughout the game. Miller scored on a Mitchel Walding fielder’s choice in the fourth and Brent Graham scored on a passed ball in the fifth inning, making the score 4-0. Cowlitz got the final run of the game on a solo home run from Garlick in the eighth.
Bells starting pitcher Brandon Boyle received the loss after giving up three runs in three and a third innings. Jack Vander Linden and Nick Palewicz each held Cowlitz scoreless in their relief appearances.
Jeff Gelalich hit a double to the right field wall in the first inning and Kai Hatch and Ben Grubb each had infield singles, in the fourth and seventh innings, respectively.
With the loss, Bellingham drops to 5-11 on the year. The Bells begin a three-game series at Klamath Falls on Friday with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.