The Bellingham Post 7 American Senior Legion baseball team won both of its games Thursday, July 4, in the Spokane Woodbat Classic tournament, defeating the Okotoks Reds 9-7 and Bitterroot 3-2.
In the opening game, Post 7 jumped out to a quick three-run lead following a three-run home run by Luke Christianson. Bellingham would add two more runs in the second to build its advantage to five.
"That got the guys going," Post 7 coach Steve Slesk said about Christianson's home run in a phone interview. "It jump-started our offense."
The Reds would add runs in the third, two in the fifth and one in the sixth to bring the game within two, but a two-run double by Tanner Olson built the lead back up to five following a three-run sixth.
In the second game, Bellingham rode a two-run second and a strong combined pitching performance by Nate Trueblood and Jeremy Brockmann to get the win.
Brockmann provided the decisive RBI in the sixth to give Bellingham a one-run lead, one he would preserve as he picked up the save.
"Jeremy came in and was key in that game," Slesk said about Brockmann's RBI and two-inning save. "Brockmann hasn't pitched a ton for us, but he came in and threw great over the final two innings."
Bellingham has two more games on Friday, July 5, which will decide whether it advances into the quarterfinal round.
POST 7 9, REDS 7
Okotoks 001 021 3- 7 12 1
Post 7 320 013 x - 9 11 1
WP: Brice Longanecker (NA). LP: McMillen (NA). Highlights: Bellingham: Pete Pennylegion 2-4 2B, Jake Manson 2-4 2B, Luke Christianson 2-3 HR 3RBI, Tanner Olson 3-4 3B 2RBI, Brice Longanecker 2-3.
POST 7 3, BITTERROOT 2
Post 7 020 001 0 - 3 6 2
Bitterroot 000 011 0 - 2 3 2
WP: Nate Trueblood (NA). LP: McCoy (NA). Highlights: Bellingham: Pete Pennylegion 1-4, Aaron Burke 2-4, Brice Longanecker 2-3 2 2B, Jeremy Brockmann 1-2 RBI.