The Bellingham Bells kept up their high-level play as of late, defeating the Wenatchee AppleSox 10-2 Sunday afternoon at Paul Thomas Field in Wenatchee to sweep their second straight series against the Sox. Austyn Coleman (1-2) threw five innings, allowing one earned run and striking out four to earn his first win of the season. Cameron Dayton pitched three scoreless innings of relief, including four K’s, to help hold the Sox off.
The majority of the action came in the first inning, when a double by Josh Trujillo scored Elijah Hainline to kick off a six-run inning for the Bells. Later that inning, Jared Bujanda hit a 2-run double, then scored on another two-run double by Daniel Gernon to extend the lead.
Jack Van Remortel continued his hot start with the Bells, getting on base in all four plate appearances with two singles and two walks. Van Remortel is hitting .444 with three doubles and five RBI in his six games with the team. Hainline ended his eight-game hitting streak, but extended his 16-game on-base streak to start the season, thanks to his leadoff walk.
Sox first baseman Matt Halbach went 4-4 with a double and an RBI as a bright spot for an otherwise weak team performance from the plate. Felix Schlede (0-1) took the loss for the Sox after being removed with one out in the first inning, allowing six earned runs.
The Bells have dominated their last six games against the Sox, spread out between two series, outscoring them 38-10. Both their hitting and pitching has been superb against Wenatchee, as the six-game winning streak has isolated them at the top of the North Division at 10-4. The Sox have fallen to 5-10 at the bottom of the division after a brutal week against the Bells.
The Bells will host the Port Angeles Lefties, featuring former Seahawk Golden Tate at center field, for a three-game series starting at 6:35 PM on Tuesday night. The Sox travel to Victoria to face the HarbourCats in hopes of rebounding from their six-game losing streak.