Throwing error costly for Bells in defeat

CORVALLIS, Ore. — The Bellingham Bells, playing with a full roster for the first time this season, showed promise on defense but a throwing error proved the difference in a 1-0 loss to the Corvallis Knights Tuesday night in a West Coast Collegiate Baseball League contest.

Corvallis scored the decisive run in the seventh inning to take the opening game of a three-game series against Bellingham (3-4). The Bells managed two hits, both singles, from Derek Hale and Brian Boyd, and struggled against Knights pitcher Matt Way.

“Matt Way was outstanding,” said Bellingham coach Kevin Frady in a phone interview. “He was outstanding with his off-speed pitches and was really hitting his spots with his fastball.”

Mark Triolo (0-3) took the loss for the Bells.

“Pitching and defense remain our strengths,” Frady said. “We’re still working on getting caught up with game speed, which has been an adjustment for these guys.”