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Bells Fall as UCLA's Matt McLain Debuts

July 11, 2018 

The Bellingham Bells opened up 6 straight games versus the Wenatchee Apple Sox with a loss Tuesday night. Bellingham lost 6-2 at Paul Thomas Field in Wenatchee. 

AppleSox 2b Jacob Prater took care of business early with a 3-run home run in the bottom of the first inning. The Seattle University senior went 2-for-4 on the night with 4 RBI's and 2 runs scored. 

The Bells produced 8 hits, but stranded nine baserunners. They have now lost 6 of their last 7 games. 

The highlight for the Bells was the debut of infielder Matt McClain. The No. 25th overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft played 2nd base for Bellingham, going 1-for 4.


According to, McClain was ranked by Perfect Game as the fourth-best overall high school prospect in California and the 10th ranked shortstop in the country. Despite being selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the draft last month, McClain has decided to play for UCLA as an incoming freshman. 

The Bells (19-11) and AppleSox (12-15) square off again tonight. Wesley Moore goes to the hill for Bellingham versus Grady Miller for Wenatchee. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm. 

- Doug Lange 

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