The Bells beat the Kitsap BlueJackets 5-3 on a soggy Thursday night in Bellingham.
The BlueJackets opened the scoring in the 3rd inning. A leadoff walk and a single gave Kitsap two baserunners to start the inning and a wild pitch allowed both runners to move up. Bryce Steckler then hit a sac fly to center to give Kitsap the lead at 1-0.
The Bells struck back for a run to tie to the game in the 5th. With two outs Gunnar Schubert reached on a single and Matt DiLeo was hit by a pitch to give the Bells runners on 1st and 2nd. Landon Riker then stepped up and lined a single to left that scored Schubert, but DiLeo was thrown out attempting to advance to third on the play.
The BlueJackets retook the lead in the 5th. Chris Caffrey got things started with a single to right and was put out on Benny Kaleiwahea’s fielder’s choice, giving Kitsap a runner on first with one out. After a groundout to short moved Kaleiwahea to second Jack Stronach lined a ground rule double down the right field line to score Kaleiwahea and give Kitsap the 2-1 lead.
The Bells came back to take the lead in the 6th. David Banuelos got things started with a line drive single that hit off of the pitcher, and he would advance to third on the pitcher’s errant throw as well. After a walk to Danny Casals, Gunnar Schubert stepped up and roped a single to center to score Banuelos from third. Casals moved to third on the Schubert single and that allowed Matt DiLeo to score him with a sacrifice fly to center, and the game moved to the seventh with the Bells leading 3-2.
The Bells extended their lead in the 7th with two more runs. Andru Cardenas led things off with a single and after Shane Hanon walked there were runners on 1st and 2nd. After a double steal, an error from the pitcher allowed Cardenas to score, and every one to advance. Jake Vieth then lifted a sac fly to center to score Hanon and the Bells led 5-2.
Kitsap struck back for one run in the top of the eigth. A lead off double and an error that allowed the runner to advance to third led to an RBI ground out and the score would stay at 5-3 Bells for the rest of the contest.
Henry Stellwagen picked up the win in relief for the Bells, and Jared Horn and Sam Hellinger picked up the hold and save on the night, respectively.
The Bells take the field again tomorrow Friday July 8th for their second game of the three game series against the Kitsap BlueJackets at 7:05. Pre-game coverage starts at 6:35 on 930 AM KBAI with Tom Prizeman. To purchase tickets visit http://bellinghambells.com/home/ or call (367) 527-1035.