The Bellingham Bells beat the Wenatchee AppleSox 6-3 Saturday night at Paul Thomas Field in Wenatchee to take their fifth straight victory against the Sox. Jack Van Remortel, starting at DH, hit his first home run of the season to highlight a 2-4 night at the plate with three RBI including a double as well to lead the Bells to the win.
Bells third baseman Christopher Campos hit an RBI single in the second inning to score Van Remortel for the first run of the game. In the next at-bat, catcher Jacob Schroeder hit a 2-run bomb to score Campos and extend the lead the lead to 3-0. The Sox countered that same inning on a triple by right fielder Cole Miller, scoring Xander Orejudos to make it 3-1. Miller later scored on an error by Gavin Schulz to close the Bells lead to 3-2.
The Bells ran away with the game in the fifth inning, when walks by Josh Trujillo and Cole Hage set Van Remortel up for a 3-run HR, increasing the lead to 6-2. That same inning, Sox leadoff hitter Joichiro Oyama scored to close the Bells’ lead to three, where it would remain at for the rest of the game.
Elijah Hainline, starting at shortstop, furthered his on-base streak to 15 to open the season, with a double and a single for the Bells. Jack Erdman (2-0) was credited with the win, after pitching 3.2 innings of two-hit ball for the Bells with no earned runs allowed. Sox starter Jack Moffitt (0-1) took the loss, allowing five runs in four innings pitched.
The Bells will play the Sox Sunday afternoon for a chance to sweep both series, home and away, before heading home to face the Port Angeles Lefties. The Bells extended their lead over the North Division with the win, advancing to 9-4, while the Sox drop to 5-9 in last place in the North.