The Bellingham Bells lost to the Kamloops NorthPaws 6-3 Friday night at Norbrock Stadium. The NorthPaws enjoyed a three-run first inning to spur the win, though their pitching shined with 14 strikeouts and three hits allowed.
The Bells committed four errors, two of them coming early in the first to score Paws center fielder Ty Siffermann. The NorthPaws would score two more runs that inning to take an early lead.
The NorthPaws employed four pitchers throughout the game, all of them tossing at least two innings. None of them gave up more than a hit in their time on the mound. Paws starter Colby Ring (1-0) pitched the first three innings to take the win, striking out five with a single hit allowed.
For the Bells, reliever Christopher Foster had a solid night, throwing three innings of scoreless ball with six strikeouts and one hit given up. Elijah Hainline also played well, going 1-4 with a double, two stolen bases and a run scored to continue his hot start to the season.
Bell starter Ryan Beitel (1-1) took the loss, giving up four earned runs and six hits in his four innings on the mound. The Bells and NorthPaws rematch tomorrow evening, pitting Bellingham’s Cooper Barnum against Kamloops’ Reed Interdonato.