Bells Return Home Looking to Play Spoilers!

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Bellingham returned home Friday night August 2nd to face off against powerhouse Victoria Harbourcats in the final homestand of the 2019 season.  Barring a miracle comeback and a collapse by Victoria or 2nd place Wenatchee, the Bells would be playing spoiler the rest of the season due to their 2nd half downfall. Even though Victoria was the first half champions and currently the leaders of the North, the Bells have played them well this season, so they liked their chances.

Game one was under the beautiful blue skies of Bellingham, Washington at Joe Martin Field.  The bats showed up and the Bells came to play.  In the end, the Bells pulled out the slugfest against the Harbourcats to take game one.  They still had the chance to pull off the miracle.  The Bells put up 17 hits to help them score the 12 runs.  Several players had 2 RBIs a piece in the victory.  Catcher Caleb Manual lead the way with 3 hits and 2 RBIs.  All-Stars Guthrie Morrison, Jack Machtolf, Troy Viola each had two RBIs as well as Collin Burns and Ethan Smith.  It was quite an offensive explosion for the Bells, but was it enough to put them in the right direction? Six of the Bells had two hits a piece as they took game one, log forward to game two on Saturday night.

Saturday night in front of a big crowd that included we at the Seattle Sports Union, the Bells sent their ace Nick Proctor to the mound.  Nick was amazing as usual as he went 7 innings and allowed only 2 runs, a dominating performance.  Unfortunately for him, the Harbourcats had their ace pitch even better.  Branson Wilson literally shut down the Bells offense the entire ballgame as he pitched a complete game in perhaps the quickest ballgame in all major league baseball in 2019, a game that last 2 hours and 11 minutes.  Nick left after seven innings behind 2-0, another quality start.  The offense for the Bells could only muster up one hit through seven innings.  The Bells bullpen would take over and be ineffective as they gave up three more runs.  In the bottom of the 8th inning, the Bells would plate a run on 3 hits.  It wasn’t enough as the Victoria Harbourcats would pull away at the end 5-1.  Player of the game no doubt was Nick Proctor who has truly proven himself this summer.  The California Bears, where Nick attends school, are in for a real treat next season with this kid.

Sunday afternoon, the Bells were looking to take the series and keep their slim chances alive.  If they lost, the season was pretty much done.  The game was a see-saw battle from the start until the end, what mattered was who came out on top?  By the ninth inning, the Bells were down by one run.  All-Star Guthrie Morrison would tie it up with a RBI single to make the score 5-5.  In the 10th inning, things would change.  Troy Viola would commit a throwing error that would allow the winning run to score in the 10th inning and just like that, the Bells season would pretty much come to an end. Bellingham had 11 hits in the loss, but they were unsuccessful when the time was needed to drive in the base runners that were in scoring position.  Unless the Bells can win the final six games of the season against Corvallis at home and Kelowna on the road (also having Wenatchee lose out), the season was over.

The Bells will not give up nor do they ever.  Final two series start August sixth and finish up this weekend.  If you can, please go fill those seats against Corvallis and cheer on Bellingham like they deserve.  Perhaps the best baseball north of Everett, Seattle Sports Union promises you that the trip north is worth it.  Drive safely!!

Go Bells!!

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