BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Bend relief pitcher Chase Thometz inherited a tie game and allowed five runs on five hits and a walk in one inning, and the Elks went on to lose 8-3 to the Bellingham Bells on Sunday afternoon.
Thometz (1-1), a second-year Elk from NAIA Jamestown in North Dakota, came into a 1-1 game for starter Derek Suppan, who allowed a run on three hits through the first five innings. Thometz allowed three doubles and two singles as the West Coast League North Division-leading Bells (9-5) took a 6-1 lead.
Niko Holm had an RBI single to give the Elks (7-7) a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but after that Bend was held scoreless until Chris Troye’s home run to lead off the ninth.
The Elks, outscored 22-4 over the first two games in Bellingham, finish the three-game series Monday night.
— Bulletin staff report