LONGVIEW, Wash.- Bellingham surged late Wednesday to take game two against Cowlitz 7-4.
The five run rally started for the Bells in the top of the sixth inning trailing 4-2. After Bellingham loaded the bases with one out a pair of RBI singles and a fielding error by the first baseman scored three runs to make it 5-4.
The Bells put the game away in the seventh. An RBI sacrifice fly to right field and an RBI single pushed the lead to three.
Cowlitz faced formidable reliever Justin Armbruester from the fifth inning through the eighth and found very little success against the righty. The first batter Armbruester faced singled but that was all he gave up. Armbruester now leads the entire league in strikeouts with 30.
The Black Bears did rally in the ninth facing Bellingham's closer for the second consecutive evening. Cowlitz loaded the bases with only one out but a strikeout and a ground out sealed the victory.
The first reliever Joey Morris (R-SO University of Portland) took the loss which dropped his record to 1-2. Morris pitched 1.1 innings giving up three runs on four hits with one strikeout. Starter Seth Rayburn (R-SR Tennessee-Martin) lasted four innings and gave up two runs on six hits and struck out three Bells.
For the second consecutive game Cowlitz did score first. Ryan Kim (JR University of Portland) led off the first with a triple into the right field corner. Austin Bell (R-JR Dallas Baptist) brought him home with an infield single to first base. It was Bell's West Coast League leading 14th run batted in.
Bellingham answered right away in the second with an RBI infield single of their own. The Bells took their first lead in the fourth with a solo home run to right field.
Cowlitz scored three runs in the bottom half of the inning to grab their second lead. First Kyle Froemke (IN-FR Oregon) hit an RBI single up the middle. Then Andres Sosa (JR San Jacinto College) hit a two run single to make it 4-2.
Bellingham (12-5) kept pace with Corvallis with their seventh straight victory matching the Knights for the longest winning streak of the season in the WCL. Meanwhile Cowlitz (7-10) is now on their longest losing streak of the season at five games.
Zach Heaton (RHP R-FR Dallas Baptist) starts game three Thursday. Once again first pitch is at 6:35 PM.