The Ridgefield Raptors beat the Bellingham Bells 13-7 Tuesday night in Ridgefield behind 15 hits from their dynamic offense. The Bells opened the games with a fast 3-0 lead in the top of the first that quickly disintegrated into a 9-3 lead for the Raptors by the fifth inning.
The Bells scored another three runs in the sixth on a 2-run homer by Blake Conrad, his first of the season, and on an error by the catcher to trim the deficit to 9-6. Conrad was a bright spot in the loss, going 3-5 with a double and 4 RBI’s on top of his home run. The Raptors scored four more between the sixth and seventh innings, and the Bells would add on one more run in the ninth to finish with the six run defeat.
Wesley Moore (0-1) took the loss in his first start with the Bells, allowing four runs over the first four innings of the game. Raptors hurler Jacob Kokeny (2-0) picked up his second win of the season behind 1.2 innings in which he allowed three runs, one of them earned.
The Raptors were helped by three home runs, including DH Will Chambers’ fifth of the season, that led an offense that ranks first in the league in homers and RBI’s, and second in batting average. The Bells will try to slow the Raptors impressive hitting tomorrow night, in the second of a three game series in Ridgefield.
With the loss, the Bells fall to 21-9, still with a comfortable 5.5 game lead in the North over the second place Kamloops NorthPaws. For the Raptors, they improve to 18-12, the fifth best record in the league, but good for just fourth in a strong South Division.