Bells Thump Road Weary HarbourCats

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Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

June 16, 2014, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Bellingham Bells took advantage of a road weary Victoria HarbourCats squad, cruising to a 9-1 win Monday night in West Coast League action at Sports Traders Diamond at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria.

Bellingham shortstop Colby Woodmansee turns the double play on a sliding Sean Watkins Monday evening (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The HarbourCats, who did not arrive back in Victoria from their Bend road trip until mid-Monday morning, were especially sluggish at the plate and were no-hit for 4 full innings thanks to a fine pitching performance from Bellingham starting pitcher Grant Goodman (San Francisco).

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Bellingham starter Grant Goodman was excellent Monday, going 6 full innings and allowing just one HarbourCats hit (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The ‘Cats finally broke the ice on Goodman with a 5th inning double from Ted Boeke, but that would be the only hit Goodman would surrender, going 6 full innings, while striking out 7 and walking 5.

Meanwhile, the Bellingham offence showed why they lead the league in a number of offensive categories, greeting HarbourCats starter Logan Lombana with four first inning hits, including a double on the very first pitch of the game from Chris Baker and a 2-run, opposite field home run from Scott Heath that gave the Bells the early 2-0 lead.

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Victoria’s Sean Watkins looks to turn an early double play against Bellingham Monday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Lombana would settle down nicely after that however and limit the Bells to just one more hit through his 6 full innings of work, walking nobody and striking out four and the HarbourCats headed into the 7th still trailing by just a pair.

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Victoria starter Logan Lombana gave up a 2-run homer in the first, but then settled down to shut the Bells out through the next 5 innings of the game (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Enter HarbourCats newcomer Don Sullivan, a left-handed pitcher out of Riverside Community College, to start the 7th. The Bells would make Sullivan’s Victoria debut a rocky one, roughing him up for 3 runs on 4 hits to increase their lead to 5-0.

The ‘Cats would finally get on the board and give the crowd of 1,026 some hope in the bottom of the inning, when newcomer Devon Carter would pinch hit and single home Wyler Smith, who earlier doubled, but another 4 run Bellingham outburst in the top of the ninth inning off reliever Mark Marinch put the game well out of reach, making the score 9-1.

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Newcomer Devon Carter would knock in the only Victoria run of the game with this base hit in the 7th inning (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Bellingham offence is simply scary and they pounded out another 14 hits on Monday to run their league lead in that category to 112, averaging over 12 hits per game. Nine Bell’s batters are hitting over .300, while three top the .400 mark. On Monday it was Heath who led the way with three hits, including that first inning home run, as well as 3 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Three other batters, Baker, Danny Miller and Dustin Breshears, also had 2-hit evenings, while Baker and Lou Della Fera knocked in a pair of runs each.

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Bellingham outfielder Danny Miller was one of 4 Bells with multiple hits on Monday night (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

For the HarbourCats, Boeke had a good night at the plate with a pair of hits and two walks, while Carter, Sean Watkins, Wyler Smith and Bryce Greager mustered up the other HarbourCats hits on the evening, all but one of which came off Bellingham relievers Moises Ceja and David Bigelow.

The ‘Cats will get some well needed rest and come right back out to make amends against the Bells on Tuesday night. Andrew Nelson gets the start, while Seth Martinez is scheduled for the Bells.

It’s also Bobblehead night Tuesday and the first 1,000 fans in the gates will receive a Kelly Norris-Jones bobblehead courtesy of Fisherworks Irrigation Services. Gates open at 6PM, First pitch at 7:11 PM.

Find more Victoria HarbourCats game action imagery from Christian J. Stewart at www.christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/harbourcats 
Follow Christian J. Stewart on Twitter @cjs_photography and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/christianjstewartphotography

 

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