Corvallis, Oregon — After the Bells took a 4-0 lead through four innings, the Corvallis Knights charged back and defeated the Bells 5-4 in extras.
Bells catcher Luis Aviles scored a run on an RBI-double from Cole Hinkelman in the top of the first inning and gave the Bells a 1-0 lead.
The Bells added three more in the top of the fourth when outfielder Malakhi Knight brought home short stop Ty Saunders from second with a base hit. Three batters later, infielder Yugo Hamakawa scored Knight and outfielder Emilio Corona on a 2-RBI single.
Right-handed pitcher Joey Dixon made his first start of the summer for Bellingham and held the Knights hitless through four innings.
In the fifth, the Knights brought home two runs on two hits against RHP Ryan Beitel who came in for Dixon.
Knights left-handed pitcher Sean Wiese shut down the Bells offense through four innings (6th-9th) and only gave up one hit.
Bells pitcher Greg Blackman appeared on the mound in the bottom of the ninth inning when the Bells had a one-run lead and the Knights had a runner on first base.
Two outs were on the board with runners on the corners and Knights catcher Tanner Smith at the plate in a full count. Smith popped up the payoff pitch to shallow right field and it dropped between Hamakawa and first baseman Charlie Saum that allowed a runner to score and tie the game 4-4.
The Bells were unable to produce in the top of the 10th — in the bottom of the inning the Corvallis Knights advanced leadoff batter Spencer Scott to third base on a pair of ground outs after Scott was hit by a pitch.
Outfielder Taison Corio knocked a base hit up the middle of the diamond to bring Scott home from third and win the game 5-4.
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