BELLINGHAM - The Walla Walla Sweets couldn't convert a game victory Monday into a win for the series here Tuesday, despite error-free ball.
The Sweets lost to the Bellingham Bells, 5-2. They were outhit, 10-5.
It was scoreless until the bottom of the third inning, when Bellingham moved one home.
The Sweets posted two runs in the top of the sixth for a 2-1 lead. Kevin Kuntz was hit by a pitch to advance to first with one out. The next batter marked the second out, then Marshall Yanzick singled, moving Kuntz to third. Elliot Stewart then singled, moving Kuntz home and Yanzick to second.
Now 1-1, Walla Walla sent Karsten Strieby to bat. Strieby singled and moved Yanzick home.
But the 2-1 lead didn't last long. The Bells posted two runs in the bottom of the sixth to take it back, 3-1. They posted two more in the bottom of the seventh, while Walla Walla's scoreboard remained blank the rest of the game.
The Sweets left five runners on base in the loss, while the Bells left eight.
The loss moves them to 5-12 on the season and in last place in the East Division standings, six-and-a-half games behind the division-leading Wenatchee AppleSox. They're 1-9 in the last 10 games.
The Sweets play Bellingham for the series win today. They return to Walla Walla Friday against the Moses Lake Pirates.
Walla Walla 000 002 000 - 2 5 0
Bellingham 001 002 20x - 5 10 0
Burke, Richard (6) and Stewart. Greene, Ruff (9) and Anderson.
HR - none.
Hits - Walla Walla: Yanzick, Stewart, Strieby, Hart, Matthews. Bellingham: Pierce, Sturdivant, Bernard 2, Anderson 2, Locker, Dishmey-Perez, Markson 2.
West Coast League
W L PCT GB
Wenatchee 11 5 .688 -
Moses Lake 6 10 .375 5
Kelowna 5 13 .316 6.5
Walla Walla 5 12 .294 6.5
W L PCT GB
Bend 15 4 .789 -
Kitsap 10 6 .625 3.5
Bellingham 12 10 .545 4.5
Corvallis 9 8 .529 5
Cowlitz 4 10 .286 8.5
Bellingham 5, Walla Walla 2
Bend 11, Kelowna 5
Corvallis 4, Wenatchee 2
Moses Lake 9, Kitsap 6
Walla Walla at Bellingham, 12:35 p.m.
Wenatchee at Corvallis, 6:35 p.m.
Kelowna at Bend, 6:35 p.m.
Kitsap at Moses Lake, 7:35 p.m.