KAMLOOPS — The struggles continued for the Kamloops NorthPaws as they remain winless on the road this season after getting swept by the Bellingham Bells. The Paws now sit at 3-12 on the season, in the midst of a 10 game losing streak. Kamloops returns home to Dearborn Ford Field at Norbrock Stadium on Friday night for Bark at the Park night to face the Edmonton Riverhawks. Edmonton sits third in the North Division at 11-7.

Game 1 –

A tough first inning but the Kamloops NorthPaws behind the eight-ball on Tuesday night as they dropped the opener 8-2.

The Bells pushed across five in the opening frame, thanks to a pair of bases-loaded walks to Gabe Henderson and Conner Smith before Anthony Kodama cleared the bases with a triple.

Dominic Guistino would fail to escape the first inning on the mound for Kamloops getting the early hook from Jose Bautista after 0.2 innings, walking 5 and allowing 5ER. Chase Taylor would come in as the first man out of the bullpen and pitch effectively over 4.1 innings, allowing just a single run to score despite Bellingham collecting 8 hits.

Ethan Stout, 2.0 innings, 2ER and catcher Jerry Nix would close out the game for Kamloops.

The Paws two runs came in the eighth inning with Oliver Mabee driving an RBI single to right and then scoring later in the inning on a passed ball.

Josh Flaugher got the win for the Bells pitching 4.0 innings, 2H, 3K, 0ER.

Game 2 –

The middle game of the three game set was a heart-breaker for the Paws looking to snap a 8 game losing streak entering play, as they dropped a 3-2 decision.

Sawyer Jensen would spin a gem on the bump for Kamloops allowing just 2ER over 7.0 innings of 4H ball.

Kamloops would score the first run of the ballgame in the third on an Alec Gomez RBI single. The Bells would respond with two of their own in the bottom half, with Jason Shedlock getting an RBI on a fielder’s choice. The second run would come across on a double steal.

The Paws would level the score at 2-2 in the eighth as Jacob French scored on a passed ball. Again the Bells would retake the lead in the bottom half as Nate Kirkpatrick singled home Noah Albanese for the winning run.

Lucas Smith took the loss for Kamloops after pitching the eighth inning.

Game 3 –

The NorthPaws would again strike first in the third and final game down in Bellingham, but five unanswered from the Bells would complete the sweep with a 5-1 win.

The lone run for Kamloops came in the second inning when Jacob Schlesselman brought home Anthony Manuel with an RBI single.

Bellingham was able to take the lead for good in the third inning, scoring three on Paws starter Kolby Luckinchuk (5IP, 5H, 3ER, 5K).

Nate Kirkpatrick led the way offensively for the Bells going 2-4 2RBI. Will Franklin earned the win giving up 1ER over 4.0 innings.

Upcoming Schedule –

Friday, June 21 vs Edmonton, first pitch 6:35 (Bark at the Park)

Saturday, June 22 vs Edmonton, first pitch 6:35

Sunday, June 23 vs Edmonton, first pitch 2:05

Monday, June 24 – Off-day

Tuesday, June 25 @ Nanaimo, first pitch 6:35

Wednesday, June 26 @ Nanaimo, first pitch 6:35

Thursday, June 27 @ Nanaimo, first pitch 6:35

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Jenna Forter

General Manager

Kamloops NorthPaws

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