So far, it has been a whole new half for the Bend Elks.
A 14-7 comeback win over Bellingham on Wednesday night at Vince Genna Stadium capped a turnabout series sweep for the Elks and marked their first four-game winning streak of the West Coast League season.
Matt Kroon and Pat Flynn belted two-run homers, and six different Bend players had two or more of the team’s 18 hits as the Elks scored in double digits for the third night in a row.
Last month, Bend lost a three-game series against the Bells in Bellingham by a combined score of 30-4, a low point during the Elks’ 12-15 first half of the WCL campaign.
With this week’s home sweep, in which they outscored the Bells 37-10, the Elks have now won five of their past six games and are 5-4 for the second half (17-19 overall).
Bellingham led 5-0 after two innings Wednesday before Bend scored four runs in the third, a rally that featured Kroon’s third home run of the season. Run-scoring singles by Kroon and Colin Runge highlighted a three-run fourth inning that put the Elks on top, then Bend broke it open in a seven-run fifth inning that included Flynn’s first home run and a two-run double by Bryce Rogan.
Bend is off tonight, then heads to Washington to open a three-game series Friday night at Walla Walla. The Elks are back home after the two-day WCL All-Star break on Monday and Tuesday, starting a three-game set with Gresham on July 19.
—Bulletin staff report