The Bells put together one of their most dominant wins of the season Tuesday night, holding a Wenatchee AppleSox team scoreless that ranks among the best hitting teams in the West Coast League. Starter Trevin Hope pitched six innings of shutout ball, including five strikeouts, to head a masterful pitching performance by the team.
The Bells scored their first run of the game in the third, when a double by Gavin Schulz scored Daniel Gernon from first. Schulz reached third on a Sox error, then scored on a wild pitch on the next at-bat. Elijah Hainline hit a single, then stole second and third, before scoring on a groundout by Jared Bujanda to give the Bells an early three-run lead.
Three more runs came again in the fifth, after a handful of errors and walks culminated in Schulz scoring his second run of the game. Hainline scored his second on a wild pitch, then Bujanda scored on a Jacob Schroeder groundout to cap off the inning.
Elijah Hainline continued his stellar start to the season, reaching base in his 11th consecutive game. Hainline is hitting .400 with 2 HR, 6 RBI and 9 runs this season, leading the team in those categories.
Hope (2-0) took the win for the Bells, while Jack Erdman finished off the last three innings with five strikeouts and just one hit allowed.
“What Trevor and Jack allowed us tonight is to save some of the arms in the bullpen,” Bells coach Adam Geaslen said after the game, who has a bullpen full of fresh relievers to throw at the Sox over the next five days.
Kota Sato (1-1) was handed the loss for the Sox, allowing three earned runs in four innings. The Bells and Sox will play two more in Joe Martin Field, before heading to Wenatchee for the next three.