The Bellingham Bells beat the Wenatchee AppleSox 6-4 Friday night at Paul Thomas Field in Wenatchee to take their fourth straight against the Sox. The Bells’ offense was led by recent addition Cole Hage, who hit his first two home runs of the season in the win.
Hage went 3-4 at the plate, scoring three runs and driving in three as well. Both his home runs were solo shots, taking place in the fifth and ninth innings. First baseman Jack Van Remortel chipped in, going 3-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBI. Van Remortel has been a nice addition to the Bells, hitting .333 through his first four games with the team.
Elijah Hainline continued his 14-game on-base streak to start the season, hitting a single and scoring a run while drawing two walks for the Bells.
Hainline’s teammate at Washington State University, Cooper Barnum, started the game, delivering 3.1 innings of scoreless pitching. Clayton Hall (1-0) relieved him in the fourth and pitched no-hit ball through the fifth to earn the win.
The AppleSox surged back in the sixth and seventh innings, scoring two runs in each, led by Enzo Apodaca and Matt Halbach who each finished with three hits apiece. Still, the Bells matched them with two runs in the seventh as well, then Hage’s solo home run in the ninth sealed it.
The Bells secure first place in the North Division with the win, improving to 8-4 in the WCL. The AppleSox move to the bottom of the division with the loss, standing at 5-8. The second game of this series, and the fifth straight between the Bells and Sox, will take place Saturday night at Paul Thomas Field.