The Bells struck late for 3 runs in the 6th and 5 in the 7th to beat the NWCBL All Stars 10-3 on Friday night.
The Bells started things off hot tonight with 2 runs in the 1st inning. Andru Cardenas worked a full count walk and Chase Strumpf was hit by a pitch right after to give the Bells runners on 1st and 2nd. A double steal allowed the runners to advance to 2nd and 3rd and Elijah Skipps drove the first run in with a RBI groundout. Jake Vieth then followed with another RBI groundout and the Bells would end the first with the lead at 2-0.
The All Stars would strike back in the top of the second tie the game with 2 runs of their own. With one out Rylan Crastenberg lined a single to right and Daniel Bateman promptly followed with a single of his own to left and the All Stars had runners on first and second. A walk to Owen Breithaupt would load the bases for Joe Rankin who lined a single to left scoring both Crastenberg and Bateman. The game would then go to the bottom of the 2nd tied at 2-2.
The All Stars added a run in the 4th. Owen Breithaup deposited a single into right center with one out and was then putout on a Joe Rankin fielder’s choice. Chris Dalto then doubled to deep right center to score Rankin from first putting the score at 3-2 All Stars.
After a few quiet innings The Bells offense awakened to take the lead in the 6th. A laser double from Jake Vieth into the left center gap got things started from the Bells and a walk to Danny Casals gave the Bells runners at 1st and 2nd. Austin Shenton then lined a 2 RBI triple down the right field line for his second extra base hit of the day. Shane Hanon would come up after 2 more batters to drive in Shenton from third with a sacrifice fly to left. The game would go to the 7th with score at 5-3 Bells.
The Bells would come back in the seventh with 5 more runs. Chase Strumpf lead things off with a triple that was blasted to deep centerfield. Elijah Skipps then lined a ground rule double to left center field to score Strumpf and make the score 6-3. Skipps would then advance to third on a wild pitch, he would then score on the throw that the catcher made trying to get him at third, as it ended up in left field. After a couple of flyouts Austin Shenton got things restarted with a walk, and a single from Matt Ruff moved Shenton around to 3rd. With runners on 1st and 3rd Matt DiLeo lined a 2 RBI triple down the right field line for the Bells’ third triple of the game. Shane Hanon then ripped a double in the left center gap to score DiLeo. That made the score after 10-3 Bells and they would not relinquish that lead.
Not to be lost tonight was the pitching performances turned in by multiple Bells. Gio Lopez started and had 3 strikeouts in 4 innings. Keaton Kneuppel then came in and pitched 2 scoreless innings while striking out 4, Kneuppel also picked up the win. Bells newcomer and Sehome High School grad then same in and threw the 7th and 8th, and only allowed a walk in his 2 shut-out innings. Brian Way then came in and threw a perfect ninth to close it out for the Bells.
The Bells take the field again tomorrow Saturday July 2nd at 6:35 a game in Kitsap against the BlueJackets. Pregame starts at 6:05 on 930 AM KBAI with Tom Prizeman.
The Bells will return home Sunday July 3rd at 7:05 for the first game of a three game set with the Cowlitz Black Bears. To purchase tickets visit http://bellinghambells.com/home/ or call (367) 527-1035.