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Bells to host Corvallis in Game 1 of WCL Championship Series

For the second time in three seasons, the Bellingham Bells have advanced to the West Coast League Championship Series, and they’ll be facing a familiar foe.

The Bells swept their first-round series against Victoria, winning 3-2 at home on Tuesday, Aug. 9, and 12-1 Wednesday, Aug. 10, at Victoria.

They’ll host Corvallis – the team they beat to claim the league title in three games in 2014 – in the first game of the best-of-three series at 7:05 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at Joe Martin Field. Games 2 and 3, if necessary, will be played Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 15-16, in Corvallis, Ore.

The Knights and Bells last met in June, with Corvallis winning both regular-season series 2-1, but Bellingham has won 11 of its past 13 games since July 27.

The Bells are led by WCL batting champion Shane Hanon, who finished the season with a .331 average, while closer Sam Hellinger led the league with 13 saves and outfielder Andru Cardenas tied for the league lead with 23 stolen bases.