The Bend Elks hit two home runs but were playing catch-up the entire game in an 11-7 West Coast League loss to the Gresham GreyWolves on Wednesday evening at Vince Genna Stadium.
The GreyWolves took a 2-0 advantage in the top of the first inning and never lost the lead.
Cal Waterman, a Washington State catcher and Summit High product, hit his first home run as an Elk in the fourth inning to pull Bend within 5-4. Waterman finished with a season-high three hits, and his batting average rose 24 points to .250.
Derek Chapman hit his fourth homer of the summer, a two-run shot in the seventh, to narrow the GreyWolves’ lead to 10-6.
Elks starter Kyle Cantu (3-3) allowed seven runs (four earned) on six hits and four walks in 5 2⁄3 innings. The right-hander from Morehead State has allowed at least five hits in all eight of his outings this season, and his ERA rose to 6.30.
The Elks (7-6 second half, 19-21 overall) remain 1½ games behind second-half leader Cowlitz after the Black Bears also lost Wednesday. Bend can even the three-game series with the GreyWolves (5-7, 15-24) on Thursday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.
— Bulletin staff report