The Bellingham Bells area a summer league for college baseball players around the United States. They play in the West Coast League and currently reside in first place (as of today 07/22/18) with a record of 26-14. They have qualified for the playoffs that begin August 10th. Saturday night they began a 3-game series versus the Bend Elks. The Bells were looking to start a new winning streak after being shut out the previous night by Walla Walla. With that stinging loss and the long ride home, the Bells skipped batting practice in hopes for an offensive explosion.

 

The Bells opened their series against Bend on Saturday night under sunny skies at the beautiful Joe Martin Stadium, a stadium where hall of famer Ken Griffey Junior hit a home-run over 30 years ago. The starting pitcher was Theron Kay out of Cal-State Northridge for the Bellingham Bells. He was making his first start of the season. He sure didn’t disappoint. After giving up a single to right on the game’s very first pitch, he quickly settled down and struck out the next 2 batters. He got the next guy to groundout. With an impressive display of his arsenal, he was out of the inning after 10 pitches. He struck out his 3rd batter of the ballgame in the 2nd as the Elks quickly went down in order. Bellingham’s bats might have been a little dormant due to road weariness perhaps as the Bells got 2 baserunners over the first couple of innings but failed to produce.

Kay continued to dominate as he mowed down the order in the 3rd inning around a hit batter. In the bottom half of the 3rd, the Bells finally put a notch on the scoreboard. With one out, CF Guthrie Morrison out of Gonzaga drew a walk. With 2 outs, Gonzaga teammate and local boy Ernie Yake belted a home-run to score Morrison all the way from first base. Suddenly, the Bells were up 1-0. Again, Kay mowed them down in the 4th as the fans were loud and the Bells seemed ready to break this game wide open.
The bottom of the 4th there was some movement from the Bells bats. The fans seemed to know that this game would be over soon. Jordan Stoner, OF out of the University of Tennessee Martin belted a single and quickly stole second. He advanced to 3rd on a groundout and would score on a rbi single by new Bellingham Bell catcher Chris Jimenez out of Long Beach State. The bells were up 2-0 as they headed to the 5th. Fans were wondering if Kay would continue his dominance considering he had pitched out of relief all year. Theron Kay secured another 1-2-3 inning as his total pitch count hit 49 pitches through 5. That was phenomenal for any pitcher to achieve. Kay was in the zone.

As the fans predicted, the next two innings the Bells put the game out of reach. Zach Needham, an infielder out of Lewis and Clark State, belted a home-run well over right field. After an out, the Bells would load the bases, including the 3rd hit of the evening by Jordan Stoner. Catcher Chris Jimenez would hit a sacrifice fly to increase the lead to 4-0. After loading the bases again, the Bells would secure their fifth run on a walk by 1b Cody Pasic, who is out of the University of Maine. In the 6th, the Bells would score three more runs to take an 8-0 lead. The highlight of the inning was Jordan Stoner’s 4th hit of the ballgame that driven in a run to make it 6-0.

Theron Kay would end up pitching 6 innings. He started out looking like he was tired. One couldn’t blame him, the last couple of innings he had to sit and wait while his team scored a bunch of runs. Kay walked the lead-off hitter. The bullpen got up and we all wondered how much longer can Kay go? As he did the whole night, he didn’t disappoint. He quickly came back and got the next batter to hit into a double play and the final batter to ground out. Kay would end the night after six innings. He would end up pitching less than 70 pitches and he allowed only 3 base-runners. It was quite a dominating performance.

Cole Marsh would come in the ballgame and pitch the final 3 innings for the Bells. The right-hander out of Mississippi State would have a solid performance. He quickly retired the side in the 7th inning. The next two innings, he would run into a little trouble but would work out of it with not allowing any Elks to cross the plate. As for the Bells, their bats went silent over the final 3-innings, but it didn’t matter in the final score. The Bells would win 8-0 and gain their 25th win of the 2018 season.

Bellingham Bells stars of the game: Pitcher Theron Kay came out of the bullpen and pitched like an ace. He absolutely dominated giving up only one run on one hit. Outfielder Jordan Stoner had 4 hits in 5 at bats to be the other star of the game. The offense alone was amazing, but Jordan Stoners play stood out. Nice job Jordan and Theron.

What a great ballgame by the Bellingham Bells. Clearly, they are the elite of the West Coast League. If they can stay healthy, their chances are looking outstanding. There are still a couple of weeks left in the season before they hit the playoffs. Bellingham is not too far north for anyone to make the drive. These kids play their hearts out, so no fan will go away disappointed. Congratulations to the Bells on their victory and on their amazing 2018 season. We can’t wait to see what happens next.

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.

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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.