Bellingham Post 7 notch comeback win

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJune 16, 2014 

BELLINGHAM - Bellingham Post 7 never stopped battling.

Twice the Post 7 team was down, on the ropes, looking like the team that would lose for only the second time this season.

But Bellingham isn't 10-1 for no reason. The Post 7 team came back from a deficit twice to defeat the Skagit Sox 4-3 on Monday, June 16, at Joe Martin Field.

Down by two in the bottom of the sixth, Davis Hampton hit a two-RBI double, his third hit on a perfect 4-for-4 night to bring Bellingham back to 2-2.

Then down one in the bottom of the eighth, Drew Lomsdalen and Pete Pennylegion hit back-to-back RBI singles to go ahead 4-3, which proved to be the difference.

Lomsdalen pitched a perfect ninth inning to get the win on what was a spectacular evening at Joe Martin Field for Lomsdalen.

"He's got a lot of tools," coach Steve Slesk said. "He just needs to stay within himself and not try to do too much and he'll do well."

He started his day off with a double in the second inning, which looked like it would score the first run of the game, but Hampton was thrown out at the plate.

Two innings later, Lomsdalen took to the field to showcase his talents. As a ball found its way into right field, Lomsdalen took it on the hop and for the second time in a week gunned a rocket to home plate.

Catcher Owen Wright fielded it cleanly on the bounce and dove to get the tag out and save a run.

"It's just fun to play outfield," Lomsdalen said. "I feel like I have a strong arm and just get the ball on a one-hop to the plate. Owen was there and it was perfect."

Lomsdalen's success in right field is particularly surprising considered he never played outfield until this season. He is an infielder for Sehome but his strong arm has led him to be quite the stud at saving runs.

It was Lomsdalen again in the eighth and ninth innings, as he threw two innings, allowing no hits, one run and striking out two for his first win of the season.

Lomsdalen relieved David Stealy, who threw seven innings, allowing two runs and striking out five, three with a nasty off-speed pitch that made hitters look silly.

Stealy looked dominant early, retiring the first six batters.

A walk and three singles in the fourth inning spelt trouble for Stealy, who looked like he had been figured out by the Sox.

Brady Bauthues took him deep the next inning with a solo shot that easily cleared the left field fence that sits 330 feet from home plate.

Stealy was resilient, though, as he retired eight of the final nine batters he faced.

"He didn't have his best stuff today," Slesk said. "But he kept us in the game."

He got to leave the mound when it was tied thanks to a big sixth inning from Bellingham, which finally got the bats going.

"It does seem like in the first couple innings we're sometimes scuffling about," Hampton said. "It takes a couple hits to get our bats going."

The sixth inning began with a walk of Jake Manson. Then Austin Sprague flew out and Lucas Petersen struck out swinging.

With two outs, Joey Akers drew a walk. With the runners on first and second, Hampton stepped up to the plate with the confidence to do the same thing he had done in his first two at bats - jump on first-pitch fastballs.

"We had to start something," Hampton said. "I got the pitch I liked and I was able to get a good hit."

When he got the fastball down the pipe, he drove it to the right field gap and knocked in Manson and Akers.

After an uneventful six retired batters - three for each team - in the seventh inning, the teams headed to the eighth with new pitchers on the mound.

Lomsdalen struggled early in the eighth as he pegged the first batter - Michael Rodriguez - and then walked Jeremy Brockman.

But a double play left Lomsdalen needing only one out with just a runner on third base. It looked like he would get out of it.

But an outside pitch that was unable to be caught by Wright allowed Rodriguez to score. Lomsdalen ended the inning with a strikeout.

Then came Bellingham's turn to come back from another deficit.

Sprague grounded out to begin the inning, but a soft roller in between the third baseman and the pitcher put Petersen on base with one out.

Akers drew another walk and Hampton had an infield single to load the bases.

Lomsdalen would come to the plate with a perfect opportunity - bases loaded, one out. His line-drive single scored Petersen.

Then pinch-hitter Pennylegion smashed another single to score the winning run.

Side-arm pitcher Dylan Johnson took the loss for the Sox.

Bellingham moves to 10-1 on the season with the win and faces a club team from Seattle on Tuesday, June 17, at Joe Martin Field.

"We haven't caught fire energy-wise yet," Slesk said. "Our energy needs to get better and better. We're not sustaining the energy the whole game. It's time to start picking it up from inning No. 1."

Reach Joshua Hart at joshua.hart@bellinghamherald.com or 360-715-2851.

BELLINGHAM POST 7 4, SKAGIT SOX 3

Skagit 000 110 010 - 3 6 0

Bellingham 000 002 02x - 4 10 1

WP - Drew Lomsdalen (1-0). LP - Dylan Johnson (n/a). Highlights: Jordan Wittenberg 1-4, SB; Davis Hampton 4-4, 2B, 2 RBI; Drew Lomsdalen 2-3, BB, 2B, RBI; Pete Pennylegion 1-1, RBI, SB.

Sunday's game

BELLINGHAM 9, JUANITA 2

Bellingham 111 001 5 - 9 14 1

Juanita 000 002 0 - 2 5 1

WP - Jake Albert (2-0); LP - n/a. Highlights: Pete Pennylegion 2-4; Austin Sprague 2-4, Dakota Jones 2-4; Jake Albert 2-4.

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