The Bells were outlasted by the Pippins on Wednesday night losing 9-5 in ten innings
The game got off to an ominous start as the lead off hitter for the Pippins Freddy Smith hit the very top of the yellow line on the left field fence for a homerun to give the Pippins the early lead. Dixon the starter on the hill for the Bells would load the bases but get out of the inning with two clutch strikeouts to minimize the damage.
The Bells would strike back for a run of their own in the bottom of the 1st. Chase Strumpf got things started with a walk and after a fielder’s choice Elijah Skipps ripped a double to left center, but Mitchell Robinson was thrown out at home by a nice relay from the Pippins. Jake Vieth would then step up and drive a single into left to score Skipps and tie the game at 1-1.
The Bells would strike again in the third for 2 more runs to extend their lead. A walk to Elijah Skipps started things off for the Bells and after a single from Jake Vieth and a sac bunt from Danny Casals, there were runners on second and third for Austin Shenton with 2 outs. Shenton proceeded to rip a single up the middle to score two runs and give the Bells the lead at 3-1.
The Pippins struck back quickly in the fourth with a run of their own. The inning started with a single from Michael Filia and after a grounder tapped to third advanced Filia to second, he stole third on Alex O’Rourke’s walk. Pinch hitter Hunter Hanson proceeded to loop a liner to left that scored Filia making the score 3-2 Bells.
The Bells extended their lead in the fifth. Things got started cwith Skipps’ second double of the game a line drive that was just out of the left fielder’s reach on the dive. Jake Vieth would follow with a single that hit off of the second baseman on the slide and would further get away into right field allowing Skipps to score from second on the error. Vieth also advanced to second on the error and a passed ball allowed him to move to third. Austin Shenton then chopped a ball to the third baseman who bobbled the ball allowing Shenton to reach and Vieth to score, and at the end of the fifth the Bells had extended their lead to 5-2.
But the Pippins would promptly strike back in the 6th. Two straight singles started the inning and after a strikeout another single loaded the bases for the Pippins and allowed Mitchell Morimoto to draw a RBI walk to bring the score to 5-3. Josh Zavisubin would then enter the game to pitch for the Bells and put out the bases loaded fire by retiring back to back batters.
The Pippins added another run in the 7th when two singles started the inning off and gave the Pippins runners on first and second with nobody out. The next hitter then walked, but the runners both broke on the pitch and the catcher threw the ball to second expecting someone to be there but nobody was and the ball went into center field resulting in an error that allowed the only run of the inning to score on the play. The score would then head to the bottom of the 7th at 5-4.
The Pippins would then tie the game in the 8th. With one out Trevor Achenbach singled up the middle and then stole second, and a throw from the catcher that went into centerfield allowed him to advance to third. Ryan Garcia would then loop a single into left to drive in Achenbach and tie the game at 5-5.
The Bells would end up loading the bases with no outs in the bottom of the 9th but the Pippins brought in the left hander Matthew Fish to put out the fire and he did just that, inducing a pop up to left and two strikeouts to keep the game tied at 5-5.
The Pippins would take advantage in the top of the tenth, scoring 4 runs to close out the Bells. A leadoff single to left from Jay Schuler got things started and Mitchell Morimoto induced a catcher’s interference to reach base, another single from Trevor Achenbach would load the bases. A little flare from Ryan Garcia down the right field line would drive in two to make at 7-5. Then a single up the middle from Michael Filia scored two more to put the game out of reach at 9-5.
The Bells take the field again tomorrow Thursday June 23rd for their final game of the three game series against the Yakima Valley Pippins at 7:05. Pre-game coverage starts at 6:35 on http://network1sports.com/station/bellinghambells with Tom Prizeman. To purchase tickets visit http://bellinghambells.com/home/ or call (367) 527-1035.