The Bellingham Bells defeated the Nanaimo NightOwls 14-0 Tuesday night in Nanaimo to kick off their week-long roadtrip. Brandt Pancer threw 10 strikeouts in six scoreless innings, backed by home runs from Easton Amundson and Ty Saunders to shutout the NighOwls for the second time this season, the first coming ten days earlier on July 16.
The Bells opened with three runs in the first, before adding seven more in a monstrous third inning to crack the game wide open. They finished with 16 hits, compared to just three for the NightOwls. Amundson hit his third homer of the season to highlight a 3-6 night at the plate with a pair of doubles, as he raises his batting average to .485 on the season. He’s hit safely in all seven of his games with the Bells, collecting 16 hits thus far.
Ty Saunders hit his first HR on the season, a 2-run bomb for his only hit of the game. Recent addition, and teammate of Pancer at Stanford, Malcolm Moore picked up three hits and three runs at third base, and Hunter Komine went 3-4 with two runs and two RBI’s.
Pancer (1-0) was lights out in his third start of the season, allowing just three hits and no walks with a Bells season-high 10 K’s. Wesley Moore closed the Owls out with three perfect innings, striking out seven more.
The Bells improve to 28-14 on the season, 9-7 in the second half, while the NightOwls drop to 15-28, and 3-14 in the second half. The Bells will look to take game two Wednesday night with Jack Erdman making his first start of the season against the Owls, who are 4-16 in their last 20 games.