The Kelowna Falcons scored two runs in the bottom half of the ninth to defeat the Bellingham Bells 9-8 at Elks Stadium.
The Falcons led 7-1 after seven innings but Bellingham answered with six runs in the eighth and one run in the ninth to retake the lead at 8-7.
Kelowna started the ninth with a leadoff single from Lane Lacrone. Lacrone moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt and third base on a wild pitch. Henry Stellwagen (0-1) then struck out Daniel Nist for the second out of the inning. But the Falcons would receive an RBI triple from Daniel Priwin and RBI single from Brendt Citta to close out the win.
Bellingham got on the board in the first. Shane Hanon started the threat with a single and quickly stole second. Elijah Skipps would bring Skipps home with an RBI single to give the Bells a 1-0 lead.
After watching Kelowna explode for 5 runs in the bottom half of the seventh to take a 7-1 lead, the Bells responded with six runs in the eighth. Hanon began the rally with a single and moved to second on a Landon Riker walk. Danny Casals brought Hanon home with an RBI double. Elijah Skipps drove in Riker and Casals with an RBI single, drawing Bellingham to within three at 7-4.
The rally continued with a Landon Packard single and a Brock Anderson walk to load the bases. Matt Dileo brought home Skipps on an RBI groundout. Griffin Mueller followed with a strikeout but the third strike rolled away from Citta allowing Packard to score and Mueller to take first. Ben Welch capped the rally with an RBI single to left. The Bells tied the game at seven heading to the bottom of the eighth.
Bellingham took the lead in the ninth thanks to a pair of doubles. Casals led off the frame with a double and moved to third on a Skipps groundout. Packard ripped a double of his own to plate Casals and give the Bells the lead heading to the bottom of the ninth before the Falcons responded.
Colin Maier got the start for the Bells, dealing five innings and allowing only one earned run. Jeff Gelinas, Liam Kent and Danny Torlai combined to pitch the next two frames allowing five runs, four of which were earned. Josh Zavisubin tossed a scoreless eighth inning while fanning one.
The Bells return home on Tuesday June 7th for their home opener against the Corvallis Knights at 7:05. Pre-game coverage starts at 6:35 on 930 KBAI AM with Tom Prizeman at 6:35. To purchase tickets visit http://bellinghambells.com/home/ or call (367) 527-1035.