Bells' bats struggle against Victoria pitching, snap five-game win streak



Victoria limited Bellingham to six hits, beating the Bells 4-2 in a West Coast League game Wednesday, June 19, at Joe Martin Field. The loss snapped Bellingham's five-game win streak.

Bells starting pitcher Jake Paulson ran into control problems in the third inning. He walked the two of Victoria's first three batters then hit the third, loading the bases with one out. HarbourCats' Dylan LaVelle scored on a fielder's choice, and left fielder Justin Burba followed with an RBI single before Victoria recorded a sac fly to take a 3-0 lead.

Victoria's Chris Lewis came around to score in the seventh inning after a leadoff double to extend the HarbourCats' lead to 4-0.

Meanwhile, Bellingham's bats were quieted by Victoria pitcher and Cal State Fullerton freshman Bryan Conant through seven innings until Bells third baseman Alex Calbick started a two-out rally with a double in the bottom of the eighth. Michael Annunziata followed with a single, and Eric Angerer drove both in with a double to cut Victoria's lead to 4-2.

Victoria pitcher Ty Provencher relieved Conant and got Mike Conolly to ground out to second to stop the threat. He again shut down the Bells in the ninth to seal the game.

Bellingham (8-4) wraps up its three-game series against Victoria at 7:05 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at Joe Martin Field.


Victoria 000 300 100 - 4 7 1

Bellingham 000 000 020 - 2 6 1

WP: Bryan Conant. LP: Jake Paulson. Highlights: Bell - Alex Calbick 2-4, 2B, R; Eric Angerer 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI; Michael Annunziata 1-2, R.

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