Bend, Oregon — After being out hit nine to one on Friday, the Bellingham Bells answered with eight hits on Saturday to the Bend Elks 10 but stranded seven on the bags in a 5-2 loss at Vince Genna Stadium on Saturday.
Bells starter Eric Chavarria was tagged with the loss after he went 4.2 innings and Elks starter Dillon Holliday was credited with the win.
The Elks jumped ahead in the third inning 1-0, but the Bells responded in the fifth and tied the game 1-1 when Cody Schrier tagged third and charged home after Emilio Corona popped out to right field.
Bend added two more runs in the fifth and seventh and took a 5-1 lead. In the top of the eighth, Ty Saunders roped his third home run of the season over the right field wall that brought the Bells within three, down 5-2.
In the top of the ninth, the Bells had a chance to tie the ballgame. With runners at the corners and two outs, Corona was at the plate and battled hard. Bend reliever Matt Dallas got the job done and struck out Corona to win the game for the Elks.
Holliday and Dallas combined for 15 strikeouts. Holliday threw seven innings and struck out nine without distributing a walk.
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