A month ago Dean Lawson couldn’t imagine himself playing at Goss Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon on the campus of Oregon State University.
Lawson not only played in Corvallis, he delivered a two RBI double and scored what would be the game winning run, as the Bellingham Bells defeated the Corvallis Knights 5-2 Monday night in Corvallis.
Bellingham got on the board in the first. Andru Cardenas singled and moved to second on a Shane Hanon sacrifice bunt. Chase Strumpf walked, and ball four sailed to the backstop moving Cardenas to third. Cardenas sprinted the final 90 feet home on a David Banuelos RBI groundout. The Bells led 1-0 before Corvallis came to the plate.
After Corvallis tied the game at one in the bottom half of the third, Bellingham responded in the fourth. Gunnar Schubert and Danny Casals singled to begin the rally, and following a failed Matt Ruff bunt, Casals led off second and Ruff off first with Lawson coming to the plate. The Northern Colorado product doubled to clear the bases and pull the Bells in front. Lawson scored two batters later on a Shane Hanon RBI single. Bellingham led 4-1 after three and half innings
Jon Olsen earned the start for Bellingham and the UCLA Bruin was fantastic, allowing one run while fanning eight in seven innings on the hill to help the Bells tie the series.
Jake Vieth crossed the plate in the eighth inning for Bellingham, as the Gonzaga Bulldog was hit by a pitch and moved to second on a Schubert groundout. Casals singled Vieth home to put Bellingham in front 5-1.
Josh Zavisubin and Sam Hellinger worked together for Bellingham to shut the door. Sehome graduate Zavisbuin recorded two outs in the eighth while allowing one run to cross before giving way to Hellinger. Hellinger recorded the final out of the eighth and the first two outs of the ninth. With two outs in the ninth, Cody Hawken reached on error followed by back-to-back singles to load the bases for Kyle Nobach. But Hellinger got Nobach to ground out to end the game and allow the Bells to have a winner take all game number three tomorrow.
Bellingham finishes the best of three playoff series with Southern Division champions, the Corvallis Knights, on Tuesday August 16th in Corvallis with pre-game coverage starting at 6:10 with Tom Prizeman on 930 AM KBAI and on https://network1sports.com/station/kbai. First pitch will be thrown at 6:40, follow @Bhambells on twitter or tune in to follow the action, as a WCL champion will be crowned tomorrow.