The Bellingham Bells bullpen pitched five innings of scoreless ball to help boost the Bells to a 4-1 win Wednesday night against the Northwest Star Nighthawks. Their pitching, which has been a strong suit to start the season, combined for 11 strikeouts in an impressive outing.

The Bells began the game by scoring a run in each of the first three innings before their hitting slowed. Right fielder Teo Banks collected two hits and a pair of runs in his second game for the team, including a standing triple that hit off the top of the left field wall.

“I know the ball doesn’t fly here, so I was just trying to sprint it out,” Banks said after the game.

Trevin Hope started the game for the Bells, pitching four innings with one run allowed and four strikeouts. From there, the Hawks managed just three hits for the rest of the game, leaving nine runners on base.

Aaron Barokas (1-0) took the win for the Bells, with Elias Farland picking up his first save of the season. Farland struck two out in the ninth to seal the game for the Bells. Hawks pitcher Logan Travis (0-1) received the loss, allowing two earned runs in the first three innings.

The Bells host the Redmond Dudes Thursday night before embarking on a three game road stint against Kamloops, who sit at the top of the North Division standings with the Bells.