VICTORIA, British Columbia — A late-game pitching and fielding collapse sent the Bend Elks to an 11-5 loss to the Victoria HarbourCats on Saturday evening.
The Elks led 4-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning before reliever Hunter Breault (0-1) gave up a pair of two-run home runs. And in the eighth, a two-out error with no runners on base by shortstop George Mendazona led to four unearned runs allowed by Caleb Henry, who gave up two singles and a walk and committed two balks for four HarbourCats runs.
The Elks (1-4 second half, 13-19 overall) took a 2-0 first-inning lead on Jack Pauley’s two-run double. Victoria scored three runs in the fifth to go up 3-2, and Collin Runge regained the lead for the Elks with a two-run home run in the seventh.
Runge, a Ridgeview High product headed to the University of Portland next season, also had an RBI single in the ninth. The home run was his second this summer.
The Elks finish their three-game series in Victoria (5-1, 19-14) with a Sunday matinee, then they head home for three games against Bellingham beginning Monday.
— Bulletin staff reports