Bells toll for Sweets in 5-4 loss

The Sweets meet the Bells in the series finale this afternoon.

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Kevin Kuntz preforms a balancing act, eventually coming up with a bobbed ball after reflexively knocking down a stinger hit in his direction.

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Third baseman Marshall Yanzick listens as Sweets' manager J.C. Biagi gives him a talking-to after Yanzick committs several errors early in the game against the Bellingham Bells on "Tough Enough to Wear Pink" night. Sweets' hats, bats and jerseys were all pink, instead of white.

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Sweets batter Denver Chavez looks over his shoulder and watches his attempted bunt roll foul early in the game against the Bellingham Bells Saturday.

WALLA WALLA - Bellingham dealt a handful of aces Saturday night and those tallies proved to be just enough in a 5-4 West Coast League baseball triumph over the Walla Walla Sweets at Borleske Stadium - a result that disappointed a gathering of 1,694 on Breast Cancer Awareness Night.

The Sweets take a 16-24 record into the final game of the weekend series today at 4:05 p.m.

Saturday's triumph edged Bellingham past the .500 mark at 23-22.

The Bells scored one run in eac h of the first three innings against Walla Walla starting pitcher Brian Biagi. In the first two instances, they were assisted by Sweets' errors.

With one out in the first, Charlie Markson reached on an infield mishap, advanced to second on a Cody Regis single, moved to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a throwing error by Walla Walla catcher Josh Daniel.

Travis Anderson led off the Bellingham second with a pop-up on the infield that Sweets' third baseman Marshall Yanzick dropped just to the right of the pitchers' mound. Anderson scored on a two-out double by Frank Desico.

"We kicked a couple of balls around early - what can I say?" Walla Walla manager J.C. Biagi said.

Anderson delivered the Bells' third run of the game with a sacrifice fly to center in the third.

Walla Walla drew to within one, 3-2, in its half of inning three on a two-run single to center by Elliot Stewart. The pair of RBIs brought Stewart's total on the season to a team-high 23.

The Sweets tied the game in the fourth frame. With two out and Daniel at first, Kevin Kuntz singled to center and Daniel scored on a misplay by Bells' center fielder Chris Pierce.

Bellingham scored a run in the sixth inning on a wild pitch and added another in the seventh on a Junior Dishmey-Perez sacrifice fly.

The Sweets produced their final run in the seventh when Matt Comer hit into a 6-4 fielder's choice with the bases loaded.

Walla Walla loaded the bases with two out in the sixth, but failed to score.

"In the seventh, we had to refine our approach and find a pitch to drive," Biagi said. "It's a situation when you need to be patient and force (the pitcher) to throw a pitch you can hit."

Brian Biagi took the loss despite allowing just two earned runs over six-and-a-third innings. A.J. Burke came out of the bullpen, gave up just one hit and struck out four the rest of the way.

"He threw fine," J.C. Biagi said of Brian Biagi. "He left the ball down for the most part. He hung in there and kept us within reach. A.J. did a good job. He comes in with a little bit of velocity. He's been effective."

James Wise notched the win for Bellingham despite seven walks over as many innings. Jimmy Reed tossed the final two stanzas for the save.

Bellingham 111 001 100 - 5 9 2

Walla Walla 002 100 100 - 4 7 4

Wise, Reed (8) and Chiarelli; Biagi, Burke (7) and Daniel.

HR - none.

Hits - Bellingham: Desico 2, Sturdivant 2, Regis, Ruff, Dishmey-Perez, Chiarelli, Pierce; Walla Walla: Kuntz 2, Stewart 2, Holt, Comer, Yanzick.

WCL Standings

East Division

W L PCT GB

Wenatchee 25 16 0.610 -

Moses Lake 19 22 0.463 6

Kelowna 20 25 0.444 7

Walla Walla 16 24 0.400 8.5

West Division

W L PCT GB

Corvallis 27 16 0.628 -

Bend 26 18 0.591 1.5

Kitsap 22 20 0.524 4.5

Bellingham 23 22 0.511 5

Cowlitz 13 28 0.317 13

Friday's Games

Corvallis 8, Wenatchee 6

Cowlitz 10, Bend 5

Moses Lake 7, Kitsap 2

Bellingham 9, Walla Walla 0

Saturday's Games

Bellingham 5, Walla Walla 4

Cowlitz 6, Bend 1

Moses Lake 11, Kitsap 3

Wenatchee 5, Corvallis 3

Today's Games

Moses Lake at Kitsap, 1:05 p.m.

Bellingham at Walla Walla, 4:05 p.m.

Cowlitz at Bend, 5:05 p.m.

Corvallis at Wenatchee, 7:05 p.m.

Monday's Game

Corvallis at Walla Walla, 7:05 p.m.

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