Bells Pitching Picks Apart the Pippins!

The Bellingham Bells are a summer college baseball team that uses wood bats.  They are part of the famous West Coast League lead by Commissioner Rob Neyer.  The Bellingham Bells started out the season strong, winning 2 of 3 series and were coming off a comeback win the night before against the 1st place Yakima Pippins.  Saturday night was game two of the series against the Pippins at Joe Martin Field in Bellingham, Washington.  Bellingham came into the ballgame with a 6-4 record.  Yakima had a 6-3 record.  If the Bells could come away with the victory, they would take over 1st place in the North Division of the West Coast League. 

Starting pitcher Nick Proctor, a sophomore from the University of California, got the start for the Bells.  It turns out it was his first ever college start.  Nick Proctor was dominating from the get-go.  Pitch after pitch for Proctor it seemed like swinging strikes.  He would go five plus innings giving up only 3 hits and striking out five Pippins.  Everything was moving for this kid Saturday night.  A future ace at the University of California, perhaps?  Working under the tutelage of pitching coach Jim Clem of the Bells certainly will help him achieve that status. 

The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the 2nd when Troy Viola (San Jose State) came to the plate for the Bells.  He led off the inning with a double.  Troy would eventually come around to score on a RBI ground out by DH Danny Martin (Stetson University).  Both teams’ bats would continue to go silent until inning six.  Newly signed RHP Matt Geoffrion (Maine University) would come in to pitch the sixth inning.  He would shut down the Pippins for 2 plus innings as Yakima players were wondering why they couldn’t produce.  In the bottom of the 6th inning, the Bells would manufacture run number two.  Viola would hit a sacrifice fly to plate Seattleite and fan favorite Guthrie Morrison (Gonzaga).  The game continued in quick fashion.  In the bottom of the 8th inning the Bells would go up 3-0.  OF Jack Machtolf (Gonzaga) would drive in Viola with a base hit.  Bryce Moyle (Washington State University) would come in to pitch the 9th inning.  After briefly struggling early in the inning Bryce would come away with allowing only 1 run and getting the save.  The Bells had won 3-1 and taken over 1st place.  Nick Proctor had won his first ever college start against the first place Pippins with his quality start to go 2-0 on the season. 

Sunday afternoon the Bells closed out the series with a 19-2 win to increase their record to 8-4 on the young season and to maintain their hold on first place.  Troy Viola continued his torrid hitting with 4 hits and to increase his average to .424.  On Monday he would learn that he won MVP for the week in the WCL for his offensive performance over the last week.  Bellingham has Monday off before they take on defending 3-time defending champions Corvallis, Oregon.

If you love baseball, head north to Bellingham instead of south to T-Mobile.  The traffic is lighter, the atmosphere is incredible, the prices are reasonable, the fan experience is to die for.  Did I mention the staff is amazing and the food and beverage is outstanding?

Bellingham is the place to go if you want the complete experience.  Go cheer on the Bells to the championship.  Even #11 played for Bellingham, so they got to be cool, right?  Hope to see you soon at the ballpark and make sure you thank them for your experience on the way out.

Go Bells!

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Brian joined the SSU in 2017 and covers the Everett AquaSox. I'm a graduate of Washington State University and I'm a die-hard baseball fan.