Bellingham jumped on Corvallis early scoring two runs in the first inning, which turned out to be more than enough as lefty reliever Dan Ludwig of Belmont stymied the Knights over 5.1 innings pitched to earn the WCLCS game two victory.
The Bells started the last of the first with singles by Dustin Breshears of Gonzaga and Dallas Carroll of Utah. First baseman Scott Heath of Maine bunted the runners over and Danny Miller of Chico State plated the game’s first run with a RBI ground out to second. Carroll then scored on a two-out wild pitch, which proved to be the game-winning run.
From there, it was all Ludwig. The senior-to-be put up goose eggs and only allowed three hits while walking none and striking out 5.
Bellingham tacked on two insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth to go up 4-1, and Ludwig struck out Knights’ first baseman Dalton Kelly of UC Santa Barbara to end the game much to the joy of the 2,683 Bells’ fans in attendance.
With the Bells’ win, the WCLCS moves to a decisive third game set for Monday, August 18 at Joe Martin Field. First pitch is 7:05 pm. The winner will capture the 2014 West Coast League title.