Elks down to last shot at playoffs

If the Bend Elks want to reach the West Coast League playoffs, they will need a win today.

Bend lost its fifth straight game on Saturday night, falling to the Walla Walla Sweets 5-3 at Vince Genna Stadium.

With just one game remaining in the regular season (against Walla Walla in Bend today at 5:05 p.m.), the Elks can clinch the second postseason spot from the WCL’s South Division with a win. If the Elks (30-23 WCL) lose, they would end the season tied with Medford (30-24), and the Rogues would advance based on a tiebreaker. If Bend wins today, they would face Corvallis in a three-game series starting Tuesday in Bend.

The Elks had a chance to win Saturday’s game in the bottom of the ninth inning, loading the bases with two outs before Walla Walla ended the threat.

The Elks played from behind almost the entire game. Down 1-0 in the second inning, Kyle Giusti hit a solo home run to tie the game. Walla Walla regained the lead with a run in the third and two more in the fourth. Bend High product Grant Newton narrowed the lead to 4-3 with a two-run double in the fourth, but the Elks wouldn’t score again.

Giusti, Newton and Chase Fields all had two hits apiece.

— Bulletin staff report