The Bellingham Bells defeated the Redmond Dudes on Friday, June 25 by a final score of 11-1. Bellingham out-hit Redmond 10-2. The Dudes are part of the Pacific International League, a summer collegiate league in the Pacific Northwest.
The Bells’ offense started early, scoring three runs in the 1st inning. They loaded the bases with no outs, and Yugo Hamakawa and Daniel Gernon both came around to score on an infield error. Riley Parker later scored Pierce Leavengood on an RBI single. The Bells loaded the bases again in the 3rd, where Daniel Gernon and Luis Aviles scored on groundouts from Charlie Saum and TJ McCormick, and Riley Parker scored on an Ezra Samperi double. They loaded the bases once again in the 6th, and all three runners came in to score. Samperi had a great night at the plate, going 2-4 with 2 RBI and a run scored, and a solo home run in the 7th.
Corona, Hamakawa and Gernon each scored twice, and Gernon had 2 RBI. Riley Parker went 2-5 with 2 RBI and a run scored, and Ty Saunders went 2-3 with a run scored as well.
As good as the offense was tonight, the pitching was equally as dominant. The Dudes had only one hit entering the 9th inning, and that baserunner from the 2nd inning came in to score on a sacrifice fly. Brody Jessee (3.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) had a strong showing on the mound, and his season ERA sits at 2.45. Mason Shaw was unhittable in relief, tossing 3.1 scoreless innings in which he allowed no hits, one walk and struck out five. Ryan Beitel (2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K) was just as good to close out the game.
Bellingham will be back in action this weekend against the Cascade Collegiate League. Tomorrow’s game has first pitch set for 6:35 PM, and Sunday’s game will have first pitch at 12:00 PM and will only be seven innings long due to anticipated high temperatures. You can get tickets for the weekend at www.bellstickets.com.