BELLINGHAM - The men sitting beyond the left-field fence at Joe Martin Stadium ready to set off the post-game fireworks had to wait a little longer than they bargained for.
A fireworks show was scheduled to follow the Bells (15-5) and Cowlitz Black Bears (11-10) West Coast League matchup, but the two teams were locked even at 1-1 through 12 innings.
Offense was at a premium, as both Bells starter Seth Martinez and Cowlitz starter Shane Bieber kept the game close. Martinez tossed six innings of one-hit ball, striking out six and walking none in the no-decision.
The Bells finally broke through on Bieber in the fifth inning as second baseman Dustin Breshears reached on an error by third baseman Jonathan Serven. After a sacrifice bunt from catcher Ian Yetsko and a single from left fielder Lou Della Fera, shortstop Chris Baker put down a bunt for the safety squeeze, scoring Breshears from third.
Cowlitz tied the game in the seventh after getting runners on second and third with one out. Serven hit a slow chopper to Andrew Summerfield on the mound. Summerfield threw it to second for the force out, allowing the runner from third to score.
The Bells had the bases loaded in the 10th, but could not capitalize on the opportunity.
Bells Designated hitter Danny Miller went 4 for 5 with a double and three singles.
The Bells play the second game in the three-game series against the Black Bears at 1:05 p.m. Friday, July 4, at Joe Martin Stadium. Fans will get a chance to bid on player's jerseys in a silent auction throughout the game.