In the first extra-innings game of the season for the Bells, they defeated the Corvallis Knights 8-7 in 11 innings to secure their 10th straight win Friday night in Corvallis. Elliot Gallegos (1-0) took the win for the Bells, tossing 2.1 clutch innings of two-hit ball to keep the Knights scoreless in the tenth and eleventh innings.
The Bells scored the majority of their runs in the first and fourth innings. In the first, Josh Trujillo, Jack Van Remortel and Gavin Schulz all drew walks to load the bases with two outs, then Christopher Campos reached first on an error to score Trujillo. The next at-bat, Willis Cresswell drove in Van Remortel and Schulz with a single to cap off the first and give the Bells an early 3-0 lead.
In the fourth, Campos got things started with a double, then walks by Cresswell and Phelan loaded the bases for Daniel Gernon. Gernon continued his hot hitting as of late, smacking an RBI double to score Campos and Cresswell, and extended his hitting streak to five games. Trujillo added a two-run single, scoring Phelan and Gernon, to put the Bells up 7-1.
The Knights showed resilience from there on, scoring four runs over the next three innings to reduce the gap to two runs. Then, with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, they hit a pair of singles to take Bells reliever Cameron Dayton (5 IP, 4 H, 6 ER, 4 K’s) out of the game. Gallegos took the mound, and the Knights promptly hit two more singles to tie the game at seven and send it to extras.
Both teams went scoreless in the tenth, but in a bizarre series of events, Cole Hage scored from first on an error by the Knights’ shortstop after a single by Schulz to give the Bells the winning run in the eleventh inning.
The Bells and Knights will play the second of their three game series Saturday night at 6:35 PM, when Bells starter Cody Delvecchio (0-0) will face off against Jaden Harris (0-0).