The Bells fell to the Walla Walla Sweets on Friday night, losing 6-3.
The Sweets struck first in the 2nd. The inning started with Nick Nyquist getting hit by a pitch and Cole Rutherford singled to right after that, giving Walla Walla runners on 1st and 2nd. Patrick Chung then hit a double in the right center gap to score Nyquist from second giving Walla Walla the first run of the game. Jordan Myrow then followed with a bunt single to score Rutherford from third, and the game headed to the 3rd with the score 2-0 Sweets.
The Bells struck for a run of their own in the 6th. Back to back singles from Landon Riker and Andru Cardenas gave the Bells runners on 1st and 3rd and a double play allowed Riker to score from 3rd and the game moved to the seventh with the score 2-1 Sweets.
Walla Walla then put up some more runs in the 7th. After the first two batters were put out Connor Doyle got things started with a double, and after a walk to Chris McCready gave the Sweets runners on 1st and 2nd, Coby Kauhaahaa delivered with a RBI single to left. Willie MacIver then roped a 2 RBI triple to right field and later scored on a passed ball to make the score 6-1 Sweets.
The Bells then put together a rally in the ninth that fell short. Danny Casals and Chase Strumpf both reached via walks and after a fielder’s choice there were runners on 1st and 3rd. Jake Vieth then singled through the 6 hole to score Casals. Matt DiLeo then followed with a single down the line in left that scored David Banuelos making the score 6-3 Sweets. The Bells then had the tying run at the plate twice but failed to finish the comeback.
On a more positive note for the Bells Joey Matulovich had a great start. He went 6.2 innings while allowing only 6 hits and 2 runs, and striking out 7.
The Bells take the field again tomorrow Saturday July 16th for their second game of the three game series against the Walla Walla Sweets at 7:05. Pre-game coverage starts at 6:35 on 930 AM KBAI with Tom Prizeman. To purchase tickets visit http://bellinghambells.com/home/ or call (367) 527-1035.