The Bellingham Bells beat the Kelowna Falcons 6-1 on Friday night in Joe Martin Field behind six scoreless innings from starter Shane Spencer. Spencer (2-1) stuck out nine and allowed just one hit in his stellar outing. The Bells backed their pitching up with a five-run eighth inning to solidify the victory.
Both teams were quiet on offense until the Bells got on the board in the fifth inning on an RBI ground-rule double by Elijah Hainline to score Matthew Delvecchio. They came back stronger in the eigth, when Blake Conrad, Chandler Tuupo and Touissaint Bythewood all hit singles to load the bases with no outs. Then, Kyle Parkman slapped a bases-clearing double into the right field gap to drive in all three.
Afterwards, Ty Saunders drew a walk, then him and Parkman both stole bases to put runners on second and third. Delvecchio scored Parkman on a groundout to short, then Colin Blanchard hit a sac fly to score Saunders, making it 6-0 in favor of the Bells. The Falcons managed a run in the ninth on a wild pitch, but Jack Erdman closed them out with a K to end the game.
Blake Conrad extended his eight game hitting streak with his 2-4 night at the plate, while Elijah Hainline extended his on-base streak to 11. Chandler Tuupo chipped in with two hits in his debut with the Bells.
Cho Tofte (1-1) took the loss for the Falcons, who drop to 18-20, 6-7 in the second half. The Bells improve to 26-13, 7-6 in the second half, as both teams will rematch Saturday evening for the second of their three game series in Bellingham.