The Bellingham Bells pitched a tight game to beat the Springfield Drifters 2-1 on a rainy Wednesday night at Joe Martin Field. Third baseman Elijah Hainline hit an RBI double, then scored on a Drifters error to produce the only to runs of the night for the Bells in the second inning.
“Pitchers threw well today, just got us the win,” Hainline said after the game.
The win tied the season-opening series against the Drifters after losing to them 4-2 the previous night. Trevin Hope took the win for the Bells, allowing just one unearned run off of two hits, while striking out four.
Each team managed just four hits on a quiet night from the plate, with both leaving eight runners on base throughout the game. Even with the lack of hitting, the Bells garnered 10 walks, three of them coming from right fielder Kyle Henington.
Two diving catches from Shea Bowen and Daniel Gernon in the outfield highlighted the defensive effort from the Bells, despite their two errors.
Nate Mendoza struck out five over the last two innings and picked up the save for the Bells, who improve to 1-1 on the season. Hunter Dryden took the loss for the Drifters, who fall to 1-1.
The teams will play Thursday at 6:35 PM in the last game of the series.