BASEBALL: Bells win at home

C.J. McClure pitched stellar relief and helped Bellingham defeat Kitsap 5-3 in West Coast Collegiate Baseball League action on Thursday at Joe Martin Field.

McClure threw the final 4 2/3 innings and gave up just one hit and one run to earn the victory. He also struck out six as the Bells won for the fifth time in their last six games.

“He came in a did a great job,” Bellingham coach Brandon Newell said in a phone interview. “He was aggressive and kept throwing up zeros. It was a great job.”

Rhett Fenton had the Bells’ key hit in the game. With Bellingham up 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth, Fenton pinch hit and fouled off several pitches on an 0-2 count. He then hit an RBI single to give the Bells a two-run lead.

“It was a huge run to get us back to a two-run lead,” Newell said.

Sean Halton was 2 for 3 with a double and two runs and Sean Meehan was 1 for 1 with two RBI and a run for the Bells.

Bellingham (11-13) hosts Corvallis for a three-game series starting today at 7 p.m.

Jake Locker is scheduled to play in all three games, with his final appearance for the Bells coming on Sunday before he returns to the University of Washington to prepare for the football season.