Elks win with ninth-inning rally

LONGVIEW, Wash. — The Bend Elks scored six runs in the ninth inning to defeat the Cowlitz Black Bears 8-3 on Sunday in a West Coast League baseball game, completing a three-game sweep on the road.

Trailing 3-2 heading into the top of the ninth, Bend sent 11 hitters to the plate in the final inning. The big blow was a three-run double by Derek Dixon. Tyler Servais added an RBI single, and Turner Gill had a run-scoring double for the Elks in the inning. Seth Spivey also forced home a run when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

The Elks (23-14 WCL) scored first in the contest, as Cullen O’Dwyer hit a solo home run in the second inning — his second of the series.

Cowlitz (18-18) took the lead with a pair of runs in the fifth before Bend tied it in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Dixon. The Black Bears took the lead once again in the bottom of the eighth before the Elks’ big final inning.

O’Dwyer led Bend at the plate with three hits, and Spivey and Chase Fields both had a pair of singles.

The Elks head into the West Coast League all-star break with the best record in the league and a 1 1⁄2-game lead over Corvallis in the South Division. Bend plays the Thurston County Senators in nonleague action on Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. before resuming WCL play on the road on Thursday.

— From wire reports