The Bellingham Bells fell to the Wenatchee AppleSox by a final score of 5-0 on Wednesday night at Joe Martin Field. The AppleSox out-hit Bellingham 6-2 and the Bells committed two errors.
It was an up-and-down night for starter Trevin Hope. After allowing two baserunners in the first, the opening run came in to score on a strikeout followed by a throwing error on the basepath. He allowed more scoring in the third, all via the home run. Zach Toglia took him deep to left field on the first pitch of the inning, and Enzo Apodaca blasted a 2-run shot to right field (402 feet) three batters later.
Hope bounced back well after the first two innings, tossing three straight perfect innings before being relieved with one out in the 6th. He generated plenty of swings and misses as well, tossing a season-high 9 strikeouts. He finished with a final line of 5.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 9 K. Ryan Beitel (1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K) and Noah Ferguson (2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K) combined for 3.2 scoreless innings in relief.
The Bells offense fell victim to a terrific start by Wenatchee’s Logan Mercado (7.0 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K). The team got just four runners on base, with Yugo Hamakawa reaching on a double, Luis Aviles drawing a walk, and Malakhi Knight recording a single and a walk. The loss was their third time being shut out this season.
The Bells will play the AppleSox again tomorrow in the rubber match of the series before departing for a three-game sereis against the Bend Elks. You can get tickets for tomorrow’s game at www.bellstickets.com