The Bellingham Bells, winners of 13 of their last 14 games, defeated the Bend Elks 10-4 Tuesday night in Bend. Jack Van Remortel led a scorching Bells offense with a homer and a double to help them win their second straight against the Elks. Despite three errors by the Bells, their pitching held up well throughout the game, allowing just two earned runs.
Van Remortel hit his second homer of the season in the first inning, scoring Josh Trujillo to give the Bells an early 2-0 lead. Trujillo scored again in the third off a wild pitch, then Ty Saunders and Jared Bujanda each scored in the fourth off wild pitches as well. Bend’s pitcher in that fourth inning, Casey Burfield, threw seven wild pitches in his sole appearance in the game.
Later in the fourth, Van Remortel hit an RBI double to score Elijah Hainline, then scored himself on a fielder’s choice to put the Bells up 7-0. That score held up until the seventh, when a single by Saunders scored Gavin Schulz to increase the lead to eight. The Elks answered back in the bottom of the inning thanks to a two-run double by shortstop Jabin Trosky to trim the margin to 8-2.
Bend scored two more in the eighth to set up a potential ninth-inning rally, but the Bells silenced them when recent addition out of UCLA Touissaint Bythewood hit an RBI double to score Schulz and Christopher Campos.
Ryan Beitel (4-1) came in for starter Randy Abshier in the third inning, and threw 4.2 innings with no earned runs allowed to earn the win. Beitel and Nate Clow each have four wins on the season for the Bells, with both leading the WCL in wins. Elks starter Kaden Miller (1-2) was handed the loss, after allowing three runs in the game’s first three innings.
The Bells will attempt to complete the series sweep against the Elks Wednesday night at 6:35 PM, with Justin Thorsteinson (0-0) taking the mound.